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Reset light on holmes product hls5000 humidifier

I turned on my humidifier and the reset light is on. I can't find a reset button. I tried re-seating the water unit, and turning the humidifier off and on, but nothing works

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  • casasol Feb 01, 2009

    I have the same problem, exactly as described above.



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Turn knob to reset....leave 15 minutes and then turn on

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  • David Jan 29, 2012

    I reset this crappy thing for 24 hours and still didnt work

  • David Jan 29, 2012

    what is the reason for a reset switch anyway? isnt it a glorified "kettle"

  • Mark Beidleman Mar 15, 2013

    The instructions say to unplug the machine, turn the switch to "reset", plug it back in, and turn it back on. Good luck!!


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If you take the humidifier apart and clean it, put it back together and refill it, it should work fine. The instructions say that it should be cleaned about every other day. I find that filtered water seems to work better than regular tap water.

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