An Air mattress is one among thousands of modern inventions. It is portable and very convenient to use. You need to inflate the mattress using its pump. Some Intex users are reporting that the pump is overheating and is not working normally. This guide aims to help you in solving this issue.
Why the Pump is Overheating?
As you know, the pump works through electrical energy. Hence, continuous usage for an extended period can lead to overheating. Because the machinery of the pump generates excess heat. This happens when you inflate a large mattress or more than one mattresses in succession. Moreover, weather conditions or environmental factors such as high temperatures in summer or operating the device in sunlight can also cause overheating. If the airflow is restricted, the pump cannot effectively dissipate heat.
Let it Cool Down
The first and foremost solution is to cool down your Intex pump. When using continuously, you should take a break until the device cools down. Likewise, let it dissipate heat whenever you feel it is overheating. Taking small intervals during inflating a mattress can resolve this issue.
Monitor Functioning Time
Another solution is to monitor the usage time of your pump. You should read the user manual to know its maximum working capacity in terms of time. Avoid using the device for more than the recommended minutes.
Change the Environment
The environment has a significant effect on the functioning of electronic devices. So, you should not use the pump in a heated room, area, or sunlight. An already heated room will not allow the pump to ventilate. Rather it will contribute to further overheating. Similarly, you should not inflate a mattress in sunlight or near a heater. Notice your environment and move the pump to an area that has normal temperature.
Clean the Vents
Another thing you need to check is the vents on your Intex pump. The vents may be blocked or clogged. Therefore, the heat cannot dissipate and the pump is overheating. Clean the vents and make sure to remove any obstructions. Here are the steps for proper cleaning:
- Disconnect the pump from the electric outlet and turn it OFF
- Take a soft bristled toothbrush and remove the visible dirt
- Now, use the compressed air to remove stubborn dust or debris
- You can also make a cleaning solution by mixing a little amount of detergent or soap with water
- Wet a sponge or cloth with the solution, and wring it so that it is not dripping.
- Now, clean the vents thoroughly with the sponge.
Finally, dry the machine with a clean and dry cloth before using it again.
Check the Power Source
The issues in the power source can also cause overheating. For example, your pump may be plugged into a high-voltage power supply. It is delivering too much power and the pump cannot handle it. Likewise, plugging the pump into an outlet or extension that is supplying to heavy electrical appliances can also lead to such an issue.
Use A Larger Nozzle
An effective method is to use a larger size nozzle. The nozzle of your Intex pump may be too small. That’s why it takes too much time to inflate the mattress and gets overheated meanwhile. If you use a larger nozzle, it will increase the air volume and decrease the inflation time. However, make sure the nozzle fits perfectly. Otherwise, there is a risk of leakage.
Follow the Recommendations
The most important thing is that you should understand and follow the instructions given by the manufacturer. You should know how the pump functions and how you should operate it. Read the do’s and don’ts carefully to avoid any issues. Sometimes, our minor mistakes lead to bigger problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the frequently asked questions you should read for further understanding.
What happens when my mattress pump is overheated?
The pump will shut down if it is overheated. It is a defensive mechanism to protect the machine from damage. Moreover, it may not allow the airflow or will not work efficiently. Sometimes, even the deflation occurs during use.
Can I leave my Intex air pump ON all the time?
Once you have inflated the mattress, you should shut OFF the pump. Otherwise, you will end up damaging the machine permanently.
Can I use a hair dryer to inflate my air mattress?
Yes, it is an option to use a hair dryer to inflate your air mattress. However, it is not a recommended practice. Because the material can melt. Moreover, your hair dryer can get damaged. Because an air mattress needs a long time to fill up.
The natural solution is to let your pump cool down if it is overheating. Further, you have to follow some other tips to resolve the issue. This guide has detailed all the solutions.