How to Fix Christmas Animated Decorations

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How to Fix Christmas Animated Decorations

Animated Christmas decorations add color and movement to your decorating scheme but need a consistent power source and properly working parts. Otherwise, they can break down. Depending on what kind of moving Christmas decorations you have, there are a variety of different ways to troubleshoot and fix them. The most obvious thing to check first is the connection. Is it plugged in and turned on? From there, you can attempt other troubleshooting efforts.

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Fixing Moving Christmas Decorations

Some moving decorations work with batteries, so you can try putting in fresh batteries to see if that brings them back to life. Otherwise, if you are handy, you may be able to complete a simple repair on your own. If the batteries are not to blame, the switch in an animated decoration could be to blame. If you are comfortable and generally understand electrical work, you can remove the batteries and then repair the switch. To do this, take apart the switch, cut off the leads and touch the two wires together. If this turns on the decoration, you'll know it's the switch that is bad.

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Using alligator clips, connect that switch to a multimeter, which is a tool used to test switches. Multimeters have connectivity testers that show numbers to indicate if a switch is working. If your multimeter shows the number "1," you'll know that the switch is broken. Remove the switch from its housing, order another one and install it. This may fix the problem.

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Other Options for Repair

If your outdoor wire lawn deer or other animated Christmas yard decoration is not working, it could just be due to broken or burned-out lights. Unfortunately, a few damaged lights can cause the whole thing to stop working. On the bright side, replacing lights is cheaper than buying a new deer. Just use a rope of 100 white wire lights and replace the dead ones. Be sure to work carefully; otherwise, you could break some of the lights that are working. To extend the life of these kinds of holiday decorations, set them on timers to shut off at night or remember to turn them off yourself. You can set a timer on your phone if you'd like to turn them off manually.

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Christmas animatronics figures are much more complicated than wire lawn figures and range from small moving figures to life-size versions. Popular favorites include Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, elves and Harry Potter. Some are controlled remotely through your computer or smartphone. If your animatronics are not working, you can check the program for glitches and run a virus scan. These apps may also have wizards that come with them to help you with the troubleshooting.

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Contact the Manufacturer

The larger types of animated Christmas figures can be quite expensive – well over a few hundred dollars. Some are sound- and motion-activated as well. If yours is still not working after you have done the troubleshooting and made minor repairs, it could be a broken part.

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Given the price of these items, it may be worth your while to contact the manufacturer and explain the issue in detail. They may have you do additional troubleshooting to get to the root of the problem. You may be able to order a replacement part and get it in time for Christmas but do not wait too long, as shipping times are notoriously slow around the holidays.

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