Bounce houses are capable of appealing to any age group at any time, thanks in no small part to the sheer variety of designs and styles of inflatable devices there are in the world. However, without a blower to generate air inside the device, the bounce house would be incomplete. Every bounce house and inflatable device you can find for purchase ships with its own unique blower, which is capable of generating the right amount of power and air to inflate its designated bounce house. However, in the rare event that your blower was to break, you would be unable to properly blow up your inflatable device. Luckily for you, figuring out the malfunction and getting it fixed are relatively simple procedures.

A blower failure or malfunction may not be a likely occurrence, but there are still some ways that it can happen, almost always when you’re least expecting it. The most likely source of blower failure and malfunction is due to overheating. The overheating of a blower’s motor can occur due to a longer than average exposure to the sun’s rays; such an occurrence would be most likely to occur in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Overheating can also occur if you attempt to plug your blower into an outlet it was not designed for (i.e., an outlet that does not match the prongs of the plug itself). The blower can also stop working if it has been yanked out of the wall outlet one time too many. This can be the result of accidental tripping or irresponsible takedown procedure. The plug attached to the blower can be weakened and may cease to work entirely if it is not properly cared for during use.

There are several ways to check and see if your bounce house blower is defective, each easy enough to be accomplished without any technical expertise. The first way to try and see if the blower is defective is by plugging it into another outlet, and checking if the same results still occur.  Inspect the circuit breaker for all the outlets you’ve tried to plug the blower into, and reset them all before attempting to plug your blower in for testing. Depending on the brand of the blower, there may be a reset button located somewhere on the blower. Press it once, and then turn the device’s power back on to see if the blower starts back up again. If overheating has occurred, the device may need at least two hours of non-activity before it can be properly activated again. If all else fails, a replacement blower can be ordered from a bounce house supply web site, catalog, or company. Be sure to select a replacement that matches the capabilities of your bounce house. A blower that is too powerful for the device may end up causing over-inflation of your inflatable, risking serious injury.

Also, keep in mind that if your bounce house blower is still creating the same amount of air as always, yet the bounce house is still not inflating, there could very well be a problem with the bounce house itself, rather than the blower. After many years of usage, the bounce house’s interior fabric may become delaminated. Delaminating refers to the fabric inside of the device being split up into thin strips. Weakened inner fabric will cause the splitting of the fabric after many, many years of usage; as a result, the device may be falling apart from the inside. The delaminated fabric may cause rips and tears that are not initially visible, but nonetheless prevent the air generated by your blower from reaching every area inside of the device. A delaminated bounce house is hard to repair, requiring the device to be sewn and sealed from the inside rather than the outside walls. Be sure to inspect all possible problem areas before you replace a vital piece of your bounce house set-up.