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20' Snowman - Fan Problems

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I bought a 20 foot snowman last year from Menards and it was one of my favorite buys that year. This year I put him up and he worked fine, but the day after, I came home to a droopy snowman, which is not so cool. It isn't as full of air as it usually is, the pressure isn't as high as last year. The day I put him up, it was raining and it may have sealed the holes in the fabric more than they usually are because when I discovered the droopyness, he was dry. It looks like the zipper is open or someone stabbed him and made a big hole, but that's not the case. I switched out the blower with the one my animated helicopter (A giant 250 watt monster) and it worked just fine, so that means that there's something wrong with the original fan, and it's apparently not blowing as much as it used to. There's nothing jammed in the fan and it's not full of any garbage, so I don't know what could be wrong... I'd open it up and try to lube the motor, but it's put together with those stupid Torx screws and I can't get it appart. Does anyone know what could be wrong? I just bought this last year and I have no clue what's going on. It's one of those standalone inverted orange fans in case anyone was wondering. Thanks in advance for any help!

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If the fan sounds like it did in the past you might have picked up some dirt in it. We have two like that and if they pick up dirt they slow down and don't put out as much air.

If you have some canned air or a air compressor try cleaning it out that way.

If that is not the problem you may need to just replace the fan.

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It dosen't sound any different than it did last year. I didn't notice any unusual sounds, so that might be the problem. There is dust stuck to the intake grille and the blower end, but it's not a lot like it would make that much of a difference at all, but I'll have to try to blow it out and see.

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There's nothing more frustrating than getting an inflatable out and finding out it's not working correctly. What a downer :(

Good luck in getting this one going!

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Well I got the motor appart, had to find a tamperproof Torx screwdriver to do it though, and cleaned & lubed the fan and motor, but it's still just as bad. I guess this one's just done it seems... :(

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