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Hello, in order for the humidifier to turn on and off with the furnace you need either a sail switch or current sensing relay. A sail switch mounts in the return air duct and senses the return air when the furnace turns on thus turning on the humidifier and turning it off when the airflow stops. A current sensing relay works the same way but instaed of sensing airflow in senses current on the blower motors common lead and is easier to install than a sail switch. I will post a pic of both
Have you cleaned the unit good and made sure that there is nothing crossing the grid wires? It sounds as if it is cutting off and resetting for some reason. Mine runs continuously. I take an air compressor and blow mine out every time I clean it. Also, on some models, you have to hold the on button down for several seconds to reset it after cleaning. Hope this helps.
Mine is a Pro-series Quadra. It needed better cleaning.
The front and rear plastic grill scome off (release catch at the bottom of each), allowing access to the central core. I cleaned it with a damp rag (let it dry before you turn it back on). Be very careful of the two wires running the length of the unit -- if you break these it will not work. I did, however, gently clean them.
When I restarted it there was an unusual smell for a few minutes, but all is working well again.
Same problem : after cleaning thoroughly inside by removing the Front & Rear Plastic grid and the stainless blades, I also cleaned the 2 wires (very softly and carrefully, not to break them), but the Red light goes on after only few minutes :
Here is my last Solution :
1 - Turn on (Low position) although the Red ligt is on
2 - Release the Rear plastic Grid (or Front plastic grid, or both of them) : That stop the unit automatically
3 - Replace it and make sur it's well locked : the unit turns on automatically.
After that, my unit works well, no mor Red light.
But my husband will see if he can by pass the Cleaning detector, so we will not have this stupid Red light on anymore !
Yeah, I had this happen to one of mine, the motor bearing siezed. Even though mine had run out of warranty and I kludged a fix for it Oreck replaced it anyways after inspecting the unit.
Temporary kludges that worked: light machine oil on the motor bearing, flipping the motor over internally, turning the unit on its edge so that it rides on a 'fresh' part of the bearing, running the unit on 'high' while I was out of the house.
you need to clean the unit entirely, but be prepared, it will eventually do it again and again until it finally stops working all together. I have sent three back in one year and now they won't do anything since itis longer than the 1 year warranty. No wonder theyare bacnkrupt; selling worthless ****!!
I had the same problem and found that the mylar on the tabs at the bottom of the plate assembly was damaged (torn). I was able to repair the part myself using mylar tape. This solved the sizzle problem. I