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13Jul/110

What To Do If Your Blower Stops Working

Bounce houses and inflatable devices have always been great sources of fun during the summertime, and will always succeed at entertaining friends, family members, and any guests you invite over for parties and celebrations. You should keep in mind that as wonderful as a bounce house experience may be, there may always be the risk of an accidental and sudden deflation that will cause the air to drain out of the device, likely while users are still inside. If that were to happen, calmly evacuate all users from the bounce house, and then search for a tear or break in the fabric. However, if you cannot find any significant hole in the fabric, the deflation may be a result of your blower malfunctioning. Luckily for you, there are several ways to address the problem.

All bounce houses are powered and inflated by a blower that should ship with whichever inflatable device you choose. Your blower is attached to your bounce house by taking the long air tube, usually located on the back wall of the bouncer, and then stretching the end of the tube over the circular mouth of the blower’s air generator. These blowers are then plugged into the nearest electrical outlet. Once plugged in, the small generator inside of the device is activated. As a result, a steady stream of air is powered through the walls of the bounce house, filling it full of air within minutes and allowing the bounce house to be safely used by all. This is why it is considered highly important to set up the bounce house near an electrical outlet when decided where to set up your inflatable device for the day. Remember to keep several extension cords on hand if your desired or prime set-up area is too far away from an outlet for the blower to be of any use.

Now, if your bounce house has deflated, and there doesn’t seem to be any hole of significance in the fabric of your bounce house, then the deflation is likely a result of a malfunction in your blower. There are several ways to inspect around the outlet where your blower is plugged into to possibly fix the problem. Check the blower’s plug, and make sure that it is completely plugged into the outlet, if the plug is loose, or if the blower has been completely unplugged. The cord might have been accidentally tripped over. In the future, consider taping down the cord or re-arranging the set-up of your bounce house so that no one at the celebration will trip over it again. If the device is still plugged in, check the air tube of the bounce house, and make sure that it has not slipped off the blower at any point. If both pieces of the blower are secure, then go back to the outlet. The blower may have abruptly stopped due to a tripped circuit, which is caused by having too many plugs attached to the same electrical outlet. Unplug everything from the outlet wall, and then plug the blower back in and see if air has once again been generated.

Depending on the age of the blower or the bounce house it came with, it could also mean that the device, as well as the generator inside of it, has simply died. Unless you have significant experience in mechanical repair or the bounce house industry, it would not be recommended to open the blower up and try to manually repair it, as this will void the warranty of your product. As a result, it will become necessary to replace the device through a bounce house supply web site, store, or catalog. Though, it should be noted that for a blower to permanently run out of power, it would require being in use for a very long period of time, usually at least a decade. Keep in mind that the sooner your blower is repaired or replaced, the sooner your bounce house can once again be inflated.

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