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Power humidifier not operating when 2nd stage heat

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Power humidifier warm air side installation

humidifier does not come on when second stage heat does. Fan on the humidifier comes on but the water is not supplied to the unit. It does come on with fan and water during the 1st stage.

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  • brian baldwin May 11, 2010

    what is the difference between your 1st and 2nd stages of heat. is one a heat pump and the other gas heat, or is this a 2 stage heat pump, or possible a 2 stage gas furnace. please clarify this and i may be able to help.

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If the installer used a #50 relay when they installed it they did not take in consideration the the fan will run at two different speeds in heating. Remove the #50 relay from the blower wire it is connected to. Reinstall it on the blowers white wire (neutral). This should fix the problem.
Good luck

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  1. If the solenoid valve makes a click sound and there is no water draining from the unit, this would indicate the flow of water is being obstructed.

1. To determine if water flow is being obstructed, turn the dial of your humidifier control to the off position. The first location you would want to check for an obstruction would be at the saddle valve located on the water line supplying water to the humidifier. When checking the saddle valve, you want to make sure it is completely open. This can be done by turning the valve all the way to the left. If anything is clogged, it can be dislodged by turning the saddle valve all the way to the right and back to the left. Once this is done, turn the humidifier control dial above the click point and you should see water coming out the drain line.


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