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Routing waterline to pad

I forgot how to route water line for aprilaire 550

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Tapping into the hot water line instead of the cold water line will aid in evaporation. Hot water line is recommended for evaporative humidifiers, including the Aprilaire 500 series.

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    Tapping into the hot water line instead of the cold water line will aid in evaporation. Hot water line is recommended for evaporative humidifiers, including the Aprilaire 500 series.

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1/4" flexible copper pipe. Tap into your cold water line using the included saddle valve (pierces the pipe), attach the 1/4" flexible copper pipe to the saddle valve on the cold water pipe and the solenoid valve on humidifier unit using the included compression fittings. Tada!

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