How to Fix a Coleman Lantern

Coleman Gas Lantern Parts List
Coleman Gas Lantern Parts List
With more than 50 million units sold since 1901, Coleman lanterns are the standard for camping or other outdoor activities. They offer many different models with a variety of features, with something to suit every need. Although built to withstand harsh conditions and prolonged use, Coleman lanterns can break due to an accident or long term wear. Luckily, the popularity of Coleman lanterns also provides easy access to replacement parts and repair information. The article will offer some simple repair tips for the most common issues with Coleman lanterns.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
  • Broken Coleman lantern Internet access Replacement parts Owners manual or user guide
  • Broken Coleman lantern
  • Internet access
  • Replacement parts
  • Owners manual or user guide
Step 1

Replace the glass globe. For models which feature a glass globe, breakage is the most common repair issue you will encounter. Although made of durable, tempered glass, they will break if dropped or struck by a hard object. Luckily, replacing a broken globe is easy. Simply remove the ball nut and ventilator cover, then carefully remove any broken glass. Install the new globe and replace the ventilator and ball nut to secure the globe.

Step 2

Replace the mantels on a gas lantern. With prolonged usage, the cloth mantels on a gas lantern will eventually burn out and require replacement. To fix this issue, simply remove the ball nut, ventilator and globe to expose the old mantels. Remove according to your owner's manual and replace with new mantels. Replace the globe, ventilator and ball nut to secure the lantern for use.

Step 3

Check the fuel. For liquid-fueled lanterns, the most common issue is old or contaminated fuel. If you are having issues with lighting or keeping your lantern lit, check the fuel and change, if necessary. Be sure to use only fuel that is designated for your lantern, as other fuels can cause damage or even fire. Flushing out the bad fuel will be necessary to complete the process and clear any residual contaminates.
For propane-fueled lanterns, check to ensure that the tank is full and securely connected. Tanks that are not fully screwed onto the lantern can leak fuel or inhibit delivery to the lantern, leading to operational issues.

Step 4

Replace the batteries. For battery powered lanterns, replacing the batteries can often resolve many issues. As simple as this seems, many people assume that the batteries are good and look for other, more complicated problems. Even new batteries can be defective, installed incorrectly or old, which can lead to functional issues with your lantern. Always start your troubleshooting efforts with new batteries to eliminate this possible issue early.

Step 5

Check the bulb. As bulbs or LEDs get older, they will lose efficiency and provide less light than when new. If your lantern isn't providing as much light as it once did, consider changing the bulb or LED to see if this corrects the situation. Although every model is different, changing a bulb is usually a simple matter. Consult your owner's manual for directions.

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