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My vaporizer is making a spitting sound -

I filled up my vaporizer, added 4 pinches of salt and 1 tablespoon of Vicks Vapo Steam liquid medication. Slowly dropped the blue part of the unit into the water. I turned the unit on and now it is making a constant spitting/static sound. Any ideas why?

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  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2009

    Mine does this, too and cleaning does not help.

  • jessdrake Oct 14, 2009

    i just bought one for my daughter who has bad allergies. it produces so much black gunk every night im afraid to use it. i clean it and refill it every night but ****, is it worth all this trouble. i even bought the purifier for it. doesnt help. i feel like im just blowing mold into her air...

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No salt, unless you had 0 steam - to stop water spit, throughly clean the water tank, just as clean as new. It will work like new if the tank is as clean as new! I dont know where the small particles of dirt come from, but trust me, I just went thru this with mine, it's got dirt in it!

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The gunk is in your water - you have hard water. As hoosierbuy said, don't add salt -- that is only needed if your water is too soft.

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You need to clean it, the minerals in your water can cause a build up. Empty all water and any debris remaining in the bottom of the vessel. Fill with distilled vinegar, allow to set for 10 minutes and then run the vaporizer for 5 minutes. Flush water through you unit to remove any loosened buildup, and fill with distilled water instead of tap water. If you still have issues, take it back to the store for a refund.

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  • ron_coxx Jan 23, 2014

    Take the thing apart. Find a small flathead that fits the star head screw if you don't have a star driver. Chip / scrape the mineral build up off the elements, gently. Reassemble. Viola..

  • ron_coxx Jan 23, 2014

    Not sure why I can't add solution but tired of losing my attempted posts. There are only two screws. Pull apart once you get the screws out. Clean out all deposits. No waiting.

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I think you don't have to worry about the dirt. According to the manual it is normal and it doean't affect the purity of the steam or the medicine.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010

  • ron_coxx Jan 23, 2014

    It's mineral deposits not dirt. If its dirt you have bigger problems.

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