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I have a Sunbeam Warm Steam Vaporizer -: 1387 how do I clean it?

I have mineral build up in my Sunbeam Warm Steam Vaporizer - Model: 1387 and it is turning the water brown. I want to clean it...HOW???

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SOURCE: No steam comes out

I just took mine apart and cleaned the scale off the heating elements. Filled to the level with hot water and it was steaming good in about 2 mins.

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

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SOURCE: vicks steam vaporizer

i do apologize for the inconvenience but the unit will need to be cleaned by hand or you can go to a local hardware store and get a solution that you put in your water to help kill the residue. it's basically from your hard water. now if you do it by hand you will need to get a soft toothbrush. you'll have to scrub the coils. then rinse the particals away. now doing this the unit needs to be turned off and cooled. after you do the cleaning you can run it like normal. if you have any other concerns or questions please feel free to ask.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009

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SOURCE: how many watts does it use?

All appliances are required to have voltage name tag. If you have the voltage multiply by the amp draw and it will give you the wattage.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010

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SOURCE: my unit wont start

You throw it away. If you must, you can disassemble the unit and clean the metal rods that go into the resevoir, sand paper works well for this, they corrode and won't conduct, cleaned off they almost always work, at least for a little while, but two or three cleanings is usually all they will handle before the rods are simply gone, eaten away by corrosion...

Posted on Feb 22, 2010

SOURCE: how much salt do I need

Just a pinch.About 1/2 teaspoon.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

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Steam vaporizer kaz, emites a black particules, in the tank like sort of blak ink when finish using it, is there any problem with that???


This is considered normal. It's the residue left from the water vaporizing into steam. Since it's left behind in the chamber, you do not breathe it in. Other users have said that it helps keeping these minerals in the chamber and just adding water to mineralize the water in lieu of adding salt.

Oct 05, 2011 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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My vapourizer is not steaming, why?


The most likly cause is a build up of mineral and calcium around the heating element. If you can remove cover around element then you can clean by gentle brushing. Some units require the use of a torx driver to disassemble. Otherwise clean around cover and steam outlet and run about 1/8 teaspoon of salt with full container of water. If you can get it started to steam then do this several times then rinse out and refill with about 1/2 cup of pure vinegar and water. Hope this helps you. Thanks.

Mar 07, 2011 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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My vicks vaporizor model101 is all limed up and won't steam. The light comes on but no sound or steam. How can I clean it? I can't get it open. I have hard water with lots of lime.


A 50/50 solution of White Vinegar and Water run through the system should clean it up. If it's really bad, you may have to do it twice. Just flush out the solution with claer water, before trying to use the Vaporizer, as it's intended.

In the future, due to high mineral content of your water, use Distilled Water. You can buy it by the gallon very inexpensively at pharmacies and grocery stores.

Feb 17, 2011 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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My vaporizer is running however there is no steam coming from the machine. Ran all night and used no water does it need cleaned or should i just replace it. thank you


Well, let's consider what we have:

How old is the vaporizer?-- Could the heating coil be all limed up?
Lime-Away, or Vinegar might help clear the Calcium and mineral build up on the heating element-
Or there might be a bad connection?-- Do you have any lights lit?

Open it up, and tell us what you find-

Mack B

Jan 20, 2011 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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I bought our Vicks vaporizer and it worked great the first night we used it. We had added a pinch of salt and it steamed all night. Now my husband is sick and we cannot get it to work correctly. We added...


When you say you added apinch of salt I asked my wife and she says that is the measure that she uses. I doubt that you have to much salt but you can flush out your vaporizer with warm water while the unit is running. I would run two or three times for 1-2 hours each then remove element and rinse withe warm water.Also rinse out container and refill with warm water to fill line,make sure you don't overfill as this can cause the spitting. I would add about 1/4 cup of pure vinegar and let unit run. If you have hard water or high mineral content this should help to clean it.
I hope this helps you but if it doesn't I would return it as defective. Thank you

Dec 16, 2010 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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My unit wont start


You throw it away. If you must, you can disassemble the unit and clean the metal rods that go into the resevoir, sand paper works well for this, they corrode and won't conduct, cleaned off they almost always work, at least for a little while, but two or three cleanings is usually all they will handle before the rods are simply gone, eaten away by corrosion...

Feb 20, 2010 | Sunbeam 1387 Humidifier

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Humidifier leaves a crusty dark substance in water


SPECIAL NOTES
Discoloration/Black Particles
After use, the water residue in the bottom of the container may contain black particles, and, in
some areas the water and the bottom of container may discolor. These conditions are normal and
do not effect the purity of the steam or medicine. The container is easily cleaned with soap and
water. Rinse and dry the container after cleaning.

This was taken from the manual that comes with the humidifier...

Dec 12, 2008 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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My vaporizer is making a spitting sound -


No salt, unless you had 0 steam - to stop water spit, throughly clean the water tank, just as clean as new. It will work like new if the tank is as clean as new! I dont know where the small particles of dirt come from, but trust me, I just went thru this with mine, it's got dirt in it!

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Vaporizer That Works?


Have you tried adding salt to the water in the vaporizer? Sometimes the water needs to minerals for the humidifier to work...I add sea salt to mine every time I fill it.

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