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Humdifier wont work

I have a Honeywell HWM 260 (I think thats what it is) which I have had for a few years. This is the first time I have used it this winter - probably 9-10 months since last used.
I filled it with water and pressed the Power on button but nothing has happened even after 10 mins. All I get is a little icon on the screen which looks like a container with a water drop inside it.....what am I missing or doing wrong?

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  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2009

    Similar problem here, after only two years! I looked inside (need a very special screwdriver TORX-15 drilled for security pin) and there is one connector (black wire) that is broken off the element. No way to fix this, the element needs to be replaced...???



    I will try to get one but I doubt that it would be possible!

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I had two Honeywell HWM-260 Humidifiers with the same problem; the blinking "Refill Symbol" appearing for no reason, and a stubborn "Reset" button. Even when it would reset, the Refill Symbol would soon appear again, turning the unit off.
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The problem with both units was the "Tank" safety switch; a small, lever-actuated micro-switch inside the "Power Unit." I wasn't able to find any replacements, but I did find that these little switches can be disassembled, so I took them apart and delicately cleaned the contacts. Now both humidifiers are working fine again.
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I was initially thinking about just jumpering the switch terminals, since the tank safety switch seems rather superfluous anyway; the humidifier having a thermal shut-off that will turn it off if the tank runs dry (or isn't in place.) If I hadn't been able to clean the switch contacts, I probably would have settled for that.

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