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What works best in removing Calcium deposits (I believe)? I've got the BWM2600 filterless and this deposit has hardened on the inside and seems to be slowing down or preventing the vapor from coming through altogether. thx.

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One thign that you can do is get a solution for any hardware store or any store that sells humidifiers. then you would take 1 cap full of the solutions per gallon of water. and let it run through your unit.. or if you don't want to do that. what you can do is rinse the tank portion out with bleach and rinse really well. get a soft toothbrush and lightly brush off the build up off the coils. if that doesn't work please let me know and i'll see what else i can do.

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A weak vinegar/water solution should remove calcium deposits. I either used purified water or I add a tiny bit of vinegar to the water when I use the humidifier to help prevent calcium deposits from forming.

The mix of vinegar to water is up to you, but as a guideline, if you're smelling a strong odor of vinegar, then it is likely that your solution is too strong - try adding some water to it. Rinse with clear water afterwards.

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Sorry to read about your problem, I hope this helps you out.

try running 50/50 water and white vinegar... then put back fresh water

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how long the filter will last depends on your water .. if your water has a high mineral content then that is left behind as the water evaporates from the filter/wick ... the yellow brown sounds like calcium deposits .. calcium is often added to water to give it a good taste .. that may be beneficial for you but will build up on the filter .. it doesn't hurt much until it starts to clog the voids in the filter material .. as long as air gets thru then the deposits will be ok .. normally the filter should last about 3 months .. if you use distilled water (with no calcium added) then much longer .. if you have hard water then less .. there is a tablet that you can add to the water to reduce the calcium buildup .. the manufacturer of your humidifier will likely recommend that .. thats often available from hardware stores also ..

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other types of humidifiers have other problems .. the hot water type gets calcium deposits on the heating element requiring cleaning a couple times a year, usually with vinegar or a calcium solvent .. that takes awhile..

the Ultrasonic type doesn't generally have problems with internal deposits because it blows moist air out including the calcium .. that produces a fine dust on surfaces in your house ..

of those types the filter system like yours is easier to maintain than the hot water type and doesn't leave dust behind like the ultrasonic all work better and longer if the water is pure .. distilled water doesn't cost much but you have to be careful .. read the small print .. some of it will say "calcium added" .. you don't want that .. if you use only distilled water then the filter should last the whole year ..

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