How To Fix A Lava Lamp
Do you own one of those mesmerizing lava lamps at home? When it's new, it's pretty to look at, but it won't look like that longer. Eventually, you will notice that the so-called lava of the lamp it no longer flowing, like how it used to. I may also have a clouding issue that will make it unpleasing anymore. Let's learn how to fix a lava lamp's common problem.
The Lava Flowing Problem
If you've noticed that your lava lamp flow is not working the way it should try these steps:
- If you see that the lava lamp wax is in a dome shape, turn off your lamp and let it rest for a couple of hours. This is caused by overheating, so give it enough time to cool down.
- If the lava in your lava lamp appears to be melted and just lying flat, check the bulb under the lamp. It may be needed to be replaced. You may also have to check the metal coil position as this is the one that stimulates the melting of the lava. The metal coil should be positioned at the bottom of the lamp. In case that it has been displaced, try to twirl the globe in the base to move the coil and have it back in place.
- You may also try to transfer its location. It could be that it's placed in a hot spot. Don't put it on hot surfaces like on top of a tv set. Also, don't put it under the heat of the sunlight.
- In case the previous steps don't solve the problem, try to turn on the lamp for at least four hours. Then use heat resistant gloves to remove the globe. Put the globe on a flat surface and turn it for a few minutes to break up the wax. Rotate the globe back in its base and let it heat up for another hour.
- If it still doesn't work, you'll need to reach out to the manufacturer for liquid replacement.
The Clouding Problem
How to fix a lava lamp when it appears cloudy. If this happens, try the steps below:
- Turn off the lava lamp and let the wax settle fully. Usually, it will settle in about 6 to 8 hours. But it would be best if you try to let it settle overnight. When a minimal amount of oil coming from the wax gets mixed into the surrounding liquid, clouding occurs. It usually happens if the lamp was tapped over and was shaken.
- Once the wax settled, turn on the lamp for an hour and turn it off again to cool down. Repeating this heating and cooling method will let the wax slowly melt until the loose particles around in the liquid combines again into a big blob. Make sure to give enough time for the wax to settle before you turn it on.
- If your lava lamp is still cloudy after doing the steps above, it's an indicator that you have to get yourself a new lava lamp.
Lava lamp requires proper care as well for it to last. Put it in a place where it won't frequently get knocked over. Don't overheat, or don't put it in a hot location.