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My Lighter Hisses But Won’t Light

Lighters are a requirement for smokers; unless you choose to use matches, of course. However, lighters are far more convenient than matches and also more economical. That being said, butane lighters and even jet lighters can have problems with operation. One of the most common problems associated with any type of lighter is a failure to ignite, accompanied by a hissing sound.

When the igniter of the lighter is pressed down, no flame appears but the lighter hisses, as if the fuel in the lighter is escaping. What could be going on? What’s wrong with your lighter? Actually, this situation can be remedied quite easily, but you’ll need to troubleshoot your lighter a bit first. The following steps should help you get your fire started.

1. Make sure that there is no debris, dirt or lint clogging or blocking the lighter’s operation. Even a small amount of debris can stop a lighter from functioning correctly. Exercise care when checking for blockages and keep your fingers well away from the igniter. If you find obstruction of any kind, remove it and then attempt to light your lighter. If the lighter still emits a hissing sound but does not light, then continue to the next step in the process.

2. Check the flame adjustment of your lighter. Usually, the problem with a lighter emitting a hissing sound, but not lighting, is a problem of flame adjustment. If the adjustment is set too high, then the force of the fuel escaping can be too great for the striker to ignite it. Essentially, the speeding fuel actually “blows out” the flame. Check the flame adjuster to ensure that it is not too high; on a standard butane lighter, you’ll find the slide adjustment on the back, under the metallic cap. On a jet lighter, such as the Jetline Triple Flame Pocket Torch Lighter, the adjuster is usually located on the bottom of the lighter. In all cases, it is denoted with plus and minus symbols.

3. Check the flame height on your lighter. The flame height can be adjusted quite easily. For a jet lighter, you’ll need a small flathead screwdriver or a similar tool. Insert the head into the slot of the adjuster and rotate it toward the minus symbol a small amount. Check the lighter to determine if you have lowered the flame height/fuel flow sufficiently. If it still does not light, continue to turn it toward the minus symbol, checking the lighter periodically to determine if it lights.

If you adjust the flame height all the way to the minimum with no luck, you might have a defective lighter.

Lighters are a requirement for smokers; unless you choose to use matches, of course. However, lighters are far more convenient than matches and also more economical. That being said, butane lighters and even jet lighters can have problems with operation. One of the most common problems associated with any type of light

How To Troubleshoot A Butane Torch Lighter

1 Review the instructions that came with your butane lighter. They often have troubleshooting tips. Referring to the instructions for your exact lighter model will give you the most specific and helpful advice.

2 Turn the flame setting up or clean the burner if the butane lighter creates a spark but will not create a full flame. Move the flame adjuster toward the “+” sign to turn up the setting. If this does not work, the burner may be clogged; clean it with a blast of compressed air. If neither of these methods works, you may be low on butane or may have an air bubble in the lighter’s tank. The only way to definitively solve either problem is by emptying the lighter and refilling it with fresh butane.

3 Refill the lighter if the flame grows without being adjusted, or if the flame gets very short. The butane lighter is low on fluid and needs a refill. Refill it according to the butane instructions.

4 Replace the flint or return the lighter if the lighter will not spark. If you just purchased the butane lighter and it doesn’t work, return it to the store and ask for a replacement. If the lighter has a flint, the flint has run out and needs to be replaced. Replace it according to your lighter’s directions.

5 Decrease the flame adjustment at higher altitudes and increase it at lower altitudes. A sporadic flame or inconsistent function may be due to altitude changes. It may take a few tries to determine the best setting for the altitude.

6 Turn down the flame adjuster if the lighter makes a hissing sound. The flame setting may be too high. If the sound continues, the hissing noise means that the lighter is leaking. It will need to be fixed by a professional. Take it in for service before using it again.

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