Blanket Doesn’t Work
Problem: Electric blanket
doesn’t seem to be heating properly.
Background: Electric blankets that are not
operating should be returned to the store from which they
were purchased. Often, however, they may not operate
properly because something is interfering with the
control’s ability to gauge the room temperature and
properly control the blanket’s warmth.
What to do: To troubleshoot with an electric
blanket, first check the outlet and all connections. Be
sure the wired portion of the blanket is not tucked in
under the mattress or bed slat, and that it is not crimped
against the wall or footboard. This will cause the safety
thermostats to shut off. The blanket also may not operate
if the average room temperature is much above 72°. Check
to be sure the control is not covered by another blanket,
sheet, or spread. Also while in use, avoid laying books or
heavy items on the blanket, don’t sit on it, and don’t
cover it with another blanket or bedspread.
Special advice: To test an electric blanket to see
if it is operating, fold the blanket, connect the control,
and plug it into the outlet. Turn the control to high and
wait 10 minutes. You should be able to feel its warmth
when you put your hand between the folds.
Helpful hint: Avoid
folding the blanket when it is in use, do not use it for
infants, disabled persons, or anyone sensitive to heat.
Always turn an electric blanket off when not in use. Also,
if a dual-control blanket doesn’t seem to work, check to
make sure it is not turned over, causing the control on
one side to operate the blanket on the opposite side, and