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Black chunks and water after use of V150SG Vicks Steam Guard Vaporizer.

From the beginning of use, I've noticed that each morning, my water is tinted black with some chunks or "shavings" of black stuff. I finally took it all apart today and it looks like it's coming from the black metal prong time things that I assume to be the heatsource. Is this normal and/or a concern?

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The black specks could be caused by interaction between the heating element and mineral content in the water.

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SOURCE: 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!

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

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Clean the unti - and do not add salt. I live in a major hard water city...and was amazed at how much dirt the tank collected. I tried adding salt to to stop the spitting, which did make a lot more steam, but did NOT stop teh water spit. I also noticed, with salt added, water in tank would only last 4-6 hours, not the 18-24 hours it should. I just figured it out, and now mine works great again, and does not spit. I cleaned the water tank throughly, several rinses, then wiped out entire inside. If you want it to work like new, you have to keep your tank as clean as new. I am going to start filtering my water that I put in with a double pantyhose I made simply so there no more dirt ~ a clean tank will fix the problem, it did mine :)

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

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Thanks MStout

We use our Vicks vaporizer infrequently and lost the instructions. We substituted Morton (iodized ) salt. It vaporizes great now. It's so helpful to have an online resource like this.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008

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