Electric blowers are used to pump air through the walls of the bounce house. As long as your blower functions properly, your bounce house will remain inflated and safe to jump. Usually, bounce houses are sold with the corresponding blower. If the bounce house is large, it may go with several blowers in a kit. However, with a course of time, the blowers can accidently break or wear out, so you will need to buy a new one.
Below, we provide some useful information on different types of bounce house blowers to help you determine which one is the best for you. There are two major types of blowers depending on power indicators and the way of air generation. They both have extension cords of different lengths. In order to start the blower, you should connect it to a special strip of the bounce house and plug it in the blower. Make sure that your bounce house blower is standing stable on the ground and air ducts are not twisted.
Residential Bounce House Blowers
As a rule, most residential blowers look like tiny yellow fans, but they are distributed in other colors as well. Residental blowers are sold in different sizes, have 60 Hz of power and can generate from 480 to 950 W. Hence the name, residential bounce house blowers are used to blow residential inflatables. Residential bounce houses are made of oxford fabric and are almost impossible to repair. Since residential bounce houses are light and easy to set up, you don’t need a huge blower to pump air in it.
Commercial Bounce House Blowers
Commercial blowers are made to blow large bounce houses, obstacle courses, water slides and other big bounce constructions. Commercial bounce houses are made of thick PVC tarpaulin material and usually weigh more than 150 lbs. That is why, in order to be able to withstand an extensive strain, commercial blowers can generate more than 950 W. Commercial blowers have a shape of a seashell and function with 60 Hz of power.
The Most Common Problems that May Occur to Your Bounce House Blower
Blower Runs Slowly
If your blower starts running slowly, there can be several possible reasons for this. The power cord may have broken, and if this is the reason, you need to replace it. Another possible cause is broken motor or switch. In the case they can’t be repaired, you should change them for new ones.
Blower Doesn’t Run at All
If your blower doesn’t start pumping air when you turn it on, it means that you have bad or no power supply. So, check the cord’s condition and a circuit breaker to identify where the problem is.
Blower Trips a Circuit Breaker
If the blower causes problems with a circuit breaker, maybe, the problem is too long extension cord. The maximum length should be 100 ft.
Poor Air Flow
The potential reason for poor air flow is dusty air inlets. To avoid this problem, clean the air inlets regularly.
Blower Produces Scratching Noise
If your blower starts sounding unnaturally, first, check the circuit: blowers need 20-amp circuit for proper work. Sometimes, the noise may occur when the blower wheel is broken. In this case, the blower wheel should be removed.
Thus, the type of blower you need totally depends on the kind of bounce house you have, its size, fabric, etc. Generally, in order to blow a bounce house, the blower should have a power from 8 to 12 amps. The larger is your bounce house, the more power, sockets and blowers you will need to blow it properly. For example, obstacle courses or huge slides require multiple blowers and circuits, while for residential and commercial inflatables one will be enough.
When setting up a blower, always remember that safety is number one priority. You should not exceed the length of power cord; keep it about 30-50 feet from an electric outlet. Otherwise, it may cause tripping of the circuits’ breakers and become a serious threat for all people resting in the bounce house.
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