Christmas Inflatable FAQ
Christmas Inflatable FAQ’s
How do I assemble my Christmas Inflatable?
1. Remove contents from packaging. Lay out deflated Airblown® Inflatable in a clear area.
2. Locate four metal clips on the bottom of the fabric and attach to the plastic legs.
3. Turn unit upright. Make sure the air intake is clear of fabric or other obstruction and zipper is fully closed.
4. Insert the ‘L’ stakes through the plastic legs into the ground.
5. Plug into receptacle or other outlet device to inflate your Airblown® Inflatable.
6. Once fully inflated, clip the tethers to each of the nylon loops on the side of the Airblown® Inflatable.
7. Insert the Plastic stakes into the ground and attach the tethers.
8. To deflate, unplug fan. For faster deflation, unzip zipper after unplugging fan. Do not unplug by pulling on cord.
What do I do if my inflatable is not inflating all the way?
1. It is on a level surface.
2. The fans are level and the intake vent of the fan is not obstructed by fabric or grass.
3. The output vent (exiting the inflation fan) is not obstructed by fabric or any other foreign object.
4. The fan is plugged directly into a wall outlet OR a heavy duty outdoor extension cord
5. All zippers are zipped. Each piece may have two or more zippers. Sometimes there are zippers that are hidden in the seams. If you have a globe, sometimes there are zipper on the characters inside of the globe. Please double check to make sure all are zipped.
6. For Christmas Inflatables over 5 feet tall, check the fuse. Use your fingernail or screwdriver to open the fuse compartment that is located on the plug. One is in use, the other is a spare. Flip the two. You may keep the bad fuse in hand to get another one at Radio Shack or for the future (if needed). After the fuse is in place and the cover to the fuse box on the plug is covered, plug it in and try it out.
Can I repair holes or tears in my Christmas Inflatable?
Yes, Rips or holes in your airblown inflatable can be sewn by hand (no special thread is required) or taped with clear packing tape. You can also use tent repair tape to patch your Airblown, which can be found at most sporting goods stores.
How do I clean my Christmas Inflatable?
Wipe the inflatable clean with a damp cloth and allow it to dry completely before storing away. Use mild detergent if necessary.
How do I replace or fix a loose light inside my inflatable?
1. The lights are attached by a spandex type of cord at various areas on the inflatable. The easiest way to tell if a light has come undone is by deflating the item completely and laying the material out as flat as possible to one side, then plugging it back in (briefly), then unplugging it. When you plug it in briefly, you want to see if there are two lights closely together. Chances are, if you have two lights really close to each other, one of them has come untied from the cord. If that's the case, un-zip the zipper and find the spandex type cord that the light should be attached to and tie it back on. Unfortunately, our system does not verify how many lights are in each of the inflatables that we manufacture, nor does it give us info as to where the lights should/shouldn't be.
2. In order to change a light bulb in your inflatable, you will need to unplug and deflate the item, unzip the bottom zipper (or zipper closest to the burnt out bulb), locate the bulb needing replacement, take the light cover off by squeezing it sideways and replace the bulb. The light bulbs in the Christmas Inflatables are either mini lights or C7watt bulbs, which can be found at hardware and lighting stores.
Why isn’t my inflatable moving correctly? (for animated inflatables only)
1. Please make sure the rotating cuff does not have fabric twisted around it as this may cause tension and restrict the movement. If the fabric is twisted around the cuff, please carefully untwist it. Also, make sure the item is on a level surface.
2. Check any animation motors to be certain that they are plugged in and operating. If an animation motor in your Christmas inflatable is unplugged or a circuit breaker or fuse has been tripped, proper animation will not occur.
3. Check to be certain that the surface that your airblown inflatable is located on is level. Uneven or less-than-level conditions may cause the animation in your airblown inflatable to cease operating, or to operate at less than optimal speed or efficiency.
The blower motor is not working in my airblown inflatable.
How do I fix my inflatable carousel, it is twisting when it rotates?
1. Partially deflate your Carousel by unplugging the unit for a minute and then plugging it back in.
2. Reach in through the top zipper and check to see if twisting has occurred under the characters.
3. If twisting has occurred under the characters, rotate the characters the opposite direction so that the bottom portion is untwisted.
4. After the bottom portion is untwisted, hold the top of the center with one hand while rotating the white plastic piece at the very top with the other hand until no twisting remains.
5. Close zipper. If this solves the problem, please try using a silicone spray on the upper and lower gears to help prevent this from reoccurring.
Can I display my Christmas Inflatable in all weather conditions?
Operation of your Airblown® during light weather conditions, such as a gentle rain or snowfall is recommended. Please follow the following precautions for in clement or freezing weather conditions. - Your Airblown® Inflatables will operate at temperatures below freezing, but we do not recommend operating the item if temperatures drop below 14° Fahrenheit. (-10° Celsius). - Operation of your Airblown® during extreme weather conditions, such as harsh winds and storming is not recommended, as your item may become damaged or inundated with moisture. - If your Airblown® is covered in a light dusting of snow, simple re-inflation should not harm the unit. If the deflated unit has been subjected to a large amount of snow and/or ice, do NOT attempt to re-inflate. Rather, carefully remove the item from the extreme condition (i.e. bring it indoors) and allow the unit to thaw before re-inflating. We do not recommend leaving the unit out for days or weeks at a time if you expect large and heavy snowfall to build up over the unit. - If your item has become soaked with water from a heavy rainfall or melted snow and you are having trouble inflating it, move the unit to a dry location and plug it in. The fan will dry the unit. If there is a large amount of water, open the zipper closest to the soaked area and drain the water. *Do not store the Airblown® when it is wet. Please allow it to dry completely before storing.
The Christmas Inflatable SnowGlobe is not working properly.
If the pellets become wet, the SnowGlobe will continue to be inflated and look great, but the snowing effect may slow down or stop. If the snowing effect slows down or stops, we recommend that consumers simply leave the unit plugged in. The fans will continue to dry the pellets. This process may take 2-48 hours depending on the weather conditions in the area
Are airblown Christmas inflatables easy to set up and use?
YES – they are one of the easiest forms of decoration to set up, and once your airblown® inflatable is set up it requires little maintenance until it is time to take it down and store it for the next use. Generally speaking, you would follow these steps (consult your airblown inflatable instructions for more details about your specific airblown inflatable):
1. Choose a location for your airblown inflatable, being certain that the inflation site that you choose does not block walkways or pathways, impair visual lines of sight (i.e. blocking motorists view) or impair normal traffic flow (i.e. blocking a speed limit or stop sign).
2. Find the closest electrical source, keeping in mind that the blower for your airblown inflatable requires a certain amount of rated amps to operate fully and properly. If the location you have chosen requires multiple extension cords to reach, you may want to choose another location so that your airblown inflatable operates properly and also to prevent damage to the airblown inflatable motor.
3. Map your anchor points, keeping in mind that you want to maintain approximately a 45° angle between the top of the tether on your airblown inflatable and the ground. If the tethers are going to block a walkway or otherwise cause an unwanted or unwise obstruction, select another, more suitable site to locate your airblown inflatable.
4. Unpack your airblown® inflatable from the manufacturer’s packaging, being careful not to tear the surface of your airblown inflatable, and also being careful not to drop the inflator fan. Lay the deflated airblown inflatable out in an area clear of sharp objects, obstructions and any substances that could permanently stain your airblown inflatable. Locate the inflation tube or point of your airblown inflatable and place it where the blower will be located.
5. Locate the clips (normally metal) on the bottom of the airblown inflatable fabric and attach them to the legs.
6. Turn your airblown® inflatable unit upright, being certain that the air intake is not twisted, is clear of fabric or other obstructions and that the zipper (if so outfitted) is fully closed. An open or partially opened zipper is a common reason for your airblown inflatable to look "soft" or "un-inflated" once you are completed, or could prevent your airblown inflatable unit from inflating at all.
7. Insert the ground stakes through the legs into the ground, again being certain not to pinch any of the fabric of your airblown inflatable between stakes or between the stake and the ground.
8. Plug your blower fan into your receptacle or extension cord (and switch on the fan if so equipped) to start inflating your airblown inflatable. If your blower fan has different speed settings, be certain to set it on the lowest speed to ensure that your airblown inflatable inflates properly and that there are no kinks or any other issues with initial inflation. If your blower fan does not start, check to see if it is equipped with a timer mechanism and adjust as necessary. Also check to see that the outlet you are using supplies the required amperage to operate your airblown inflatable motor.
9. Clip the tethers to each of the nylon loops on the side of the Airblown® Inflatable once your airblown inflatable is fully inflated. Insert the stakes into the ground maintaining approximately a 45° angle between the top of the tether on your airblown inflatable and the ground and attach the tethers, being certain that all tethers on your airblown inflatable are taut once completely inflated.
10. Complete your final walk-around inspection of your airblown inflatable to ensure proper and safe installation. Be certain that all of your anchor points are secure and there are no sharp edges, branches, bushes etc. contacting your airblown inflatable, the blower motor, the tether cords or the electrical cords and/or extensions. Check one more time to be certain that your airblown inflatable is not blocking walkways or pathways, impairing visual lines of sight (i.e. blocking motorists view) or impairing normal traffic flow (i.e. blocking a speed limit or stop sign).
How do I deflate and store my Christmas Inflatable?
1. Wipe your airblown® inflatable clean with a damp cloth and allow it to dry COMPLETELYbefore packing or storing the unit away. Use mild detergent if necessary. NEVER PACK YOUR AIRBLOWN® INFLATABLE WET!!! If your airblown® inflatable is stored wet or in a humid or moist environment, mildew and mold can form in a matter of days, destroying your investment and voiding any manufacturer warranties (not to mention the smell when you open it back up!). In most cases, you should clean your airblown® inflatable with a water-soluble cleaner prior to storage and allow it to dry completely before folding and/or storage. Standard rubbing alcohol can be used to review tough dirt or stains or even mild mold or mildew which may have formed during use.
2. Turn off the blower system by either switching off the blower or simply unplugging the blower motor if your airblown inflatable does not have a power switch.
3. Open the deflation zippers to allow any air inside to escape. Your airblown® inflatable may take several minutes to actually "deflate". Remain clear of your airblown inflatable unit so that you do not inadvertently become trapped inside or underneath the unit as it deflates. Also be careful to keep the tethers attached so that the unit is not tossed or blown by and sudden wind gusts during deflation.
4. Remove the tethers and uncouple the motor (if your unit has an external blower motor) from your airblown inflatable. It is generally a good idea to pack the tether cords inside the airblown inflatable to prevent loss during storage.
5. Position your airblown® inflatable so that it is flat, and then begin folding the sides toward the center until your airblown inflatable is the proper width to fit into your storage bag or container. Roll (DO NOT FOLD) the airblown inflatable like a sleeping bag, pushing any remaining air out as you roll. If your airblown inflatable has an internal blower motor, begin rolling the unit at the blower motor system.
6. Patch any holes left by your tether anchors as necessary.
7. Store your airblown® inflatable in a cool and dry place, away from humid or wet conditions and high heat.