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Sunbeam Ultrasonic Humidifier 696-12

Humififer works well with one problem. The amount of mist to too large and everthing nearby gets wet very quickly. This is despite setting the nozzle at the most restrictive position. The humidifier carries a label that indicates mist production will take 6 minutes to start. I get mist within 15 seconds. Is there an adjustment I can make to reduce mist volume? Taking the unit apart I only found one possible adjustment screw near the nebulizer (beneath a metal plate). I did tighten this screw (clockwise) without any apparent improvement in mist volume. Should I re-open and back-out this screw?

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  • spzany1 Nov 20, 2008

    yes, plus the mist last only 5 minutes, not 15 hours....I don't know what is wrong with this piece of ****.

  • barbararyan4 Dec 23, 2008

    My Sunbeam puts out a spray instead of a mist, and everything around becomes soaking wet. It's clean. I have no idea what went wrong.



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I picked this up a couple days ago at the Salvation Army, 3 bucks. I also had way too much damp coming out, saturating anything near.

I read through the comments, and one folk said they uncovered the spaz unit and tightened the screw they found there, to no avail. They asked if they should reopen and loosened the screw ...

Which I did. Took me a while, and maybe those who aren't used to investigating the inner workings shouldn't try it unless they're willing to make a mistake and throw it away, but ...

I loosened the screw. Not sure if it was a quarter turn or a half turn; I wanted to do more and have learned many times that "more" is not "better."

I have a cardboard box in front of the unit for hours now, and it is not saturated.

The factory setting, whether it be for all or some, is too wet. Loosening the screw that shows through the computer board has, for me, made the unit more tolerable. Takes an eyeglass-screwdriver to get it done, but if'n ya has the general know-how to investigate things, maybe it'll work for you.

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I took it apart as per your suggestion, found the screw, tightened it which made it worse, and then, loosened it again, but only to where it was in the first place, as I couldn't turn it any further to the left. For some reason, this amount of fussing has lessened the spray tremendously. Thanks!

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