If you’ve just unpacked your new Sunbeam heating blanket and switched it on, only to find that it’s blinking red and green lights instead of the usual amber-yellow glow, you’re probably wondering why. And how worried should you be? Whether you’re a first-time user or have had an older Sunbeam before, this article will answer all your questions about why is my Sunbeam heating blanket blinking. What does that mean? Is it going to catch fire? Should I stop using it? Well, rest assured. Your new blanket is not in any danger from that little red and green light show. In fact, there are several reasons why a Sunbeam might behave like this – most of which are really nothing to worry about. So let’s get into it.
Why Is My Sunbeam Heating Blanket Blinking?
Your Sunbeam heating blanket may be blinking due to a number of factors. The most common reason is a low battery charge. Make sure the battery is properly connected, and that the unit is plugged into an outlet. If the battery is dead or not plugged in, the blanket will not work properly.
What Does The Blinking Light Indicate?
- For Sunbeam heating blankets, the blinking lights mean different things depending on the blanket model and whether the blanket is plugged in or not. Blinking Amber – If your blanket is plugged in, it’s on AUTO mode. If it’s unplugged, it’s on MANUAL mode.
- Blinking Amber / Green – If your blanket is plugged in, it’s in PROBE mode – the auto-shutoff function is active. If it’s unplugged, it’s in MANUAL mode. Blinking Amber / Green / Red
- If your blanket is plugged in, it’s in MANUAL mode. If it’s unplugged, it’s in PROBE mode.
What To Do If You See A Solid Red Light?
The Sunbeam is shutting down because it has detected an error. This is an indicator that something has gone wrong with your blanket and it can’t operate safely. If the problem persists, turn off the blanket and contact the manufacturer for advice. On unplugged blankets, the red light can indicate a couple of things:
- The blanket is in PROBE mode. If your blanket is unplugged, it will go into probe mode when you press the on/off button. Blankets do this to ensure they’re heating at the right temperature.
- The blanket is in MANUAL mode. If your blanket is unplugged, it will go into manual mode when you press the on/off button. This is like a time-controlled setting, where the blanket will stay on for as long as you leave the button held down. On plugged-in blankets, the red light will flash if you press the PROBE button.
Why Is My Sunbeam Blanket Blinking Green?
The AC is broken
There are lots of reasons why your AC might be broken. When you live in an apartment, the AC is likely shared with a number of other units. If it breaks, it could take a while to get it fixed. While this is something you can report to your property manager, it’s not guaranteed that they’ll take care of it quickly. It’s likely that they’ll need to make a few phone calls to get it fixed. As a result, it’s not uncommon for it to take a few days to get it fixed. If it’s a really old building, it’s even more likely that it’s broken. It might be worth it to talk to your neighbors to see if their AC is broken too. If it is, it might be worth it to talk to your landlord about getting it fixed as soon as possible.
Condensation build-up in your ceiling/ceiling fan(s)
If your ceiling fan isn’t working, it could be because there is excess moisture build-up in your ceiling that’s blocking the fan from spinning properly. If your building is old, it’s possible that there are leaky pipes that are causing the water to drip into your ceiling. It’s also possible that your AC is broken and that there is excess moisture in the air. All of this water/moisture is going to collect in your ceiling, causing it to rot away. Eventually, it could seep through the ceiling and run down onto your furniture, clothes, and electronics. If you notice that your ceiling is wet, it’s best to report it to your landlord as soon as possible. If your roof is old, they’ll likely have it fixed. If they don’t, you might want to consider moving apartments.
Your windows are leaking
If there is a leak in one of your windows, it’s going to cause a lot of problems. It’s possible that the window is cracked or broken and letting water collect on the inside of your apartment. It’s also possible that your neighbors are watering plants too close to the building and there is water collecting on the inside of your windows. If you notice that there is water collecting inside of your windows, it’s best to report it to your landlord as soon as possible. If the leak is coming from the outside, it’s likely that your landlord will take care of it as soon as they can. If the leak is coming from the inside, you’ll want to deal with it yourself. You’ll want to make sure that the water doesn’t ruin any of your stuff. If you notice water collecting on the inside of your windows, you might want to bring in some towels to soak it up before it has a chance to do damage to your stuff.
Why Is My Sunbeam Blanket Blinking Yellow?
The wiring is broken
The sunbeam blanket works on an electric current that flows through the wiring inside the blanket. If any part of the wiring is broken, then it could cause the blinker to turn yellow. It is best to call a professional to examine your blanket if you think the wiring is broken inside it.
The blanket is too hot
The yellow blinker on your sunbeam blanket could turn on if the blanket is too hot. The heat sensor inside the blanket is the one that determines whether the blanket is too hot or not. If the sensor thinks that the blanket is too hot, then it would turn the blinker yellow. The solution here is to remove a layer from the blanket or turn down the temperature of the blanket to make it less warm.
There is a short circuit in the blanket
The short circuit is a result of a continuous flow of electricity in one part of the blanket. If there is a short circuit in the blanket, then the blinker on the blanket would turn yellow. You must take care of this problem immediately because a short circuit could start a fire in your blanket. You can check for a short circuit by pressing the two parts of the blanket together with your hands. If you feel a current passing through your hands from one part of the blanket to another, then there is a short circuit in the blanket. You must replace the blanket to make sure that you are safe from electric shocks.
When Your Blanket Starts Beeping Or Blinking?
- If the blanket is plugged in, it will emit a beep when it starts heating up. If your blanket is unplugged, you’ll hear the beep when you press the on/off button.
- Blankets will flash the yellow light once when they start heating up, then again when they reach the set temperature. So you’ll see a flash of yellow light twice.
- If the yellow light flashes twice without the blanket reaching the set temperature, it indicates that the blanket has lost power.
- If the blanket’s light starts blinking green and red, this indicates that something has gone wrong.
If your Sunbeam heating blanket is blinking, the most likely cause is that it’s in PROBE mode. If the blanket is plugged in, you’ll hear a beep when it starts heating up. If the blanket is unplugged, you’ll hear the beep when you press the on/off button. Sunbeam is one of the most popular brands of electric blankets available. Hopefully, this guide will make it easy for you to identify what type of blinking lights you are seeing on your blanket and what they mean.