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My Electric Blanket Is Not Heating

Rather than crawling into a bed with cold sheets at night, you can add an electric blanket to your bedding to help keep you warm and cosy. The American Blanket Institute estimates that at least 25 million Americans use electric blankets every year.

Facts

Manufacturers note that the blanket itself may not feel warm to the touch, since it is not a heating pad. Test the blanket by turning the power on and gently folding the blanket over a few times. After a few minutes, place your hands between the folds and you should feel some warmth.

Connections

Check all the connections on the electric blanket. Remember, the cord that plugs into the wall connects at the foot of the blanket, and there is another connection near the controller at the head of the bed. If after checking the connections and there is still no power or heat, check the circuit breaker.

Automatic Shut Off

Most electric blankets feature an automatic shut-off, which turns the device off about 10 hours after initial activation; throw-style blankets normally turn off after about three hours. The automatic shut off mechanism helps to conserve energy and limit the incident of fire. Re-activate the blanket by turning it on and cycling through the heat settings.

Tips

Launder your electric blanket following manufacturer's instructions. Most manufacturers suggest handwashing the blanket for best care.

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About the Author

Daniella Lauren has worked with eHow and various new media sites as a freelance writer since 2009. Her work covers topics in education, business, and home and garden. Daniella holds a Master of Science in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Pensacola Christian College.