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If your softener is working properly, you should never get any salt in your water. The salt is used only to reactivate the ionic media in your softener cartridge, and during the backflush cycle, all that salt is removed, down to PPM (Parts Per Million) levels.
In any case, even if you used salt water in your vaporizer, it would not increase the amount of steam that it produces. Salt water has a higher boiling point than fresh water. You would also notice salt buildup inside the tank as the water level goes down.
The Vicks Vaporizer works by using only heat to produce steam- the hotter it gets, the more steam it makes. The only practical way to get too much steam outside of a malfunction that causes your heating element to get abnormally hot would be if you live at a very high altitude where water boils at a lower temperature.
High humidity in your home will make it appear as if your vaporizer is making too much steam since the surrounding air will be less capable of absorbing it.
A slightly "off topic" note- if you chose the Vicks Vaporizer/humidifier and have children, you have made a wise decision. Because it produces water vapor by heating instead of ultrasonics, contaminants and minerals (such as salt, iron, calcium, etc.) remain in the tank and will not enter the vapor stream.
This vaporizer has two carbon electrodes covered by a 3in black cylinder with a couple of recessed phillips screws that take a narrow long shaft phillips screwdriver. Those two carbon electrodes are about 3/4 inches apart, and the water + a sprinkle of salt set up a resistive path between the electrodes that produces a boiling action on the water, thus steam.The electrolytes in the water, (calcium, iron, magnesium) eventually create a bridge between the electrodes, that allows the voltage to cross the electrodes without heating the water. You would have to take the cylinder off and scrape the built up electrolytes off of the carbon electrodes and reassemble the device, but you can buy another for about 15 bucks, but the same thing will happen again. If you try to use a little less or no salt on the next one it will last a lot longer.
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?
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.
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...