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How to clean humidifier


I generally use White Distilled Vinegar. Clean your unit out the best you can with warm soapy water first and then soak or add the straight vinegar into the filter containment area and use a mild bleach solution for the water tank and soak and swish a little for 15 minutes then drain and rinse with fresh cold water and let air dry. The mineral deposits will slowly dissolve but will still take some scrubbing with a blue pan scrubbing pad or hard toothbrush. Depending on how hard your water is and if you use a water treatment additive will make a big difference in the cleaning process. Some people prefer to use distilled water in cool units as well as steam since it is almost completely mineral free and doesn't cost to much. Regular cleanings based on useage and water condition will greatly help the life and good operation of any humidifier including periodic filter changes if required.

Sep 26, 2014 | Humidifiers

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My humidifier is spitting water plus steam. Kind of weird. Didnt do before. Level of water is ok, added 1 flat tablespoon of sea salt and 2 tabkespoons of vick oil. What's happening?


More than likely, mineral scale has built up inside the tank and the mist tubing.

To clean it, turn the unit OFF & unplug it. Empty any remaining solution that's in the tank and refill it with a 50/50 solution of White Vinegar and Bottled Distilled Water. Plug the unit in and turn it ON. Allow it to run for 5 minutes, then turn unit OFF and allow it to soak for 30 minutes to and hour.
Then turn the unit back ON. If the water spitting has stopped, run the unit unit is half empty. Turn it OFF, unplug it and empty any of the remaining solution. Refill with Bottled Distilled Water and run it until it's empty. Doing so, will flush out any of the remaining solution and scale.

In the future, it is best to use Bottled Distilled Water, rather than tap water. As the Distilled Water does not contain any harmful minerals or chemicals.

Hope this helped you and thanks for choosing FixYa.

Sep 15, 2011 | Vicks V150SG 1 Gallon Humidifier

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How do I clean my humidifier Holmes hm 500? I don't have the manual anymore. Thank you! Jaimee Murphy


If you are trying to descale it of all the mineral build up. The easiest way is to mix a 50/50 1 gallon solution of Distilled White Vinegar and Bottled Distilled Water and pour it in the empty tank. Allow it to sit for a couple of hours (Longer if it's really scaled) . Then turn it ON and run it, until the tank is half empty. Then empty the remaining solution and fill the tank with Bottled Distilled Water and run until it's empty. In the future, it's better to use Bottled Distilled Water, rather than tap water.

Hope this helped you and thanks for choosing FixYa.

Aug 26, 2011 | Holmes Products HM500-UC 1 Gallon...

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How to stop it from spluttering


The sputtering may be caused by a calcium build up the water system. To solve the problem do the following.

Turn the unit OFF and unplug it.

Empty any remaining water from the tank.

Mix a 50/50 solution of Distilled White Vinegar and Bottled Distilled Water (enough to fill the tank).
Pour solution into the tank and allow it to sit for 1 - 2 hours.

Plug the humidifier in and turn it ON. Allow it to run until the tank is only half full. If the sputtering has not stopped, turn the unit OFF and allow the unit to soak over night.

The next morning, turn the unit On and run for 20 minutes. Turn the unit OFF & unplug it. Pour out the remaining solution and refill with Bottled Distilled Water. Run the unit for an hour. This will flush out the lines. After that, it should run normally.

I would highly recommend using Bottled Distilled Water in the future, rather than Tap Water.

Hope this helped you to solve the problem.

Jul 11, 2011 | Vicks V150SG 1 Gallon Humidifier

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Hello! I have a 33201 Hunter Humidifier and for some reason does not run. It turns on (light comes on) and I can hear a faint hum if I put my ear to the unit... but again it does not come on. It does...


Hi, Mark! It may be clogged with a calcium scale build up from the tap water you use. Unplug the unit and empty any water that is the tank.Mix a 50/50 solution of White Distilled Vinegar and Bottled Distilled Water. Mix enough to fill the tank. Let it soak for 2 to 3 hours and turn the unit ON. If it starts functioning as it should, allow it to run until the tank is 3/4's empty. If it doesn't operate as it should, allow it to soak overnight. And try again, following the procedure above. After it has run to the 3/4 empty point, turn the unit OFF. unplug it and dump the remaining solution. Refill the tank with Bottled Distilled Water and run again, for at least 2 hours. This with flush the system of the vinegar and water solution.

To avoid having this problem again, always use Bottled Distilled Water, rather than tap water.

Hope this helps to solve the problem. Have a Happy Easter!

Apr 22, 2011 | Hunter 33201 Humidifier

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My vaporizer has stopped making steam. It's only a couple months old. Help!


It probably has a calcium and mineral deposit buildup, that has clogged the unit. Especially, if you're using well water to fill the tank.

To solve this problem, empty the tank of any water that may still be in it and mix a 50/50 solution of White Vinegar and Bottled Distilled Water. Fill the tank with the solution and let it sit for i hour. Then turn the unit ON and let it run, until it starts producing humidity. Once it does, wait 10 minutes and turn the unit OFF and empty any remaining solution from the tank. Refill the tank with Bottled Distilled Water and run the unit for 10 minutes. This will flush the system of the Vinegar and Water solution. It's best to empty the tank again and refill with Bottled Distilled Water and use the humidifier as you normally would. I would highly recommend using Bottled Distilled Water from now on. This will eliminate any future calcium and mineral buildup and having to flush the unit repeatedly.

Hope this helps you solve the problem. Please let me know.

Apr 09, 2011 | Vicks Humidifiers

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Filled Watertank; water will not go open valve and go into mister area


It may be clogged with mineral scale. Empty the water that you now have in the tank and refill it with a 50/50 solution of White Vinegar and Bottled Distilled Water. Let it soak for several hours and then turn the unit ON. If it starts working as it should. let it run another 5 minutes, turn it OF and empty the tank. Refill the tank with Bottled Distilled Water and allow it to run at least 45 minutes to flush the system. After that, if you do not detect any vinegar odor, you can continue to use the remaining Distilled water.

If the unit didn't work as it should have after several hours of soaking. Turn the unit OFF and let it soak overnight. If this solved the problem, I would recommend that you continue to use Bottled Distilled Water for normal operation, rather than tap water.

Hope this helped solve the problem

Mar 22, 2011 | Vicks Warm Mist V745A 1 Gallon Humidifier

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Filter lasting only about one week--"needle" almost on Red model SCM3502 cool most humidifier


If your water is well water, more than likely that's the problem. To many minerals and iron. Try cleaning the humidifier with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and either bottled spring water or distilled water. Fill the tank about half way and run the humidifier until the tank is almost empty. You may want to do this outside in garage if possible, because of the vinegar odor. Then run a full tank of bottled Spring Water or Distilled water through it, to flush out any vinegar residue.

I would highly recommend, that if in fact you're using well water, stop using the well water and switch to bottled spring water or distilled water.

Hope this solves your problem. Please let me know.

Rich

Feb 07, 2011 | Sunbeam Humidifiers

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Mist coning out leavs white dust all over wood work, why?


More than likely the problem is minerals in the water. Impeller and ultrasonic designs send these minerals into the air. If the water in your area contains a lot of minerals, you will notice them as dust.

I would suggest that if you're using well water, switch to using bottled spring water or bottled distilled water. But you'll need to flush out your humidifier first. Use a 50/50 solution of White Vinegar and water. Fill the tank about half way and run the humidifier until the tank is almost empty. You may want to do this in a garage, if you have access to one, so that the vinegar odor won't remain in the house. Once this has been accomplished, dump out any of the remaining solution and flush the unit again with bottle spring water or distilled water. That should do the trick

Even if you aren't using well water, since your water supply has a high mineral content. I would strongly encourage you to use bottled spring water or distilled water in the future. By the way, a gallon of Distilled Water cost a lot less than bottled spring water. In my area I can get a gallon of distilled water from CVS Pharmacy or Food Lion for about $1.00.

Good luck. Please let me know if this solved your problem.

Rich

Feb 07, 2011 | Sunbeam Ultrasonic Humidifier

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Having trouble finding Undiluted white vinegar for cleaning


Hi dolphinblu...
Amazon offers pretty large number of articles (Undiluted white vinegar), click here Amazon com Undiluted white vinegar and pick one (who fits your needs, price etc..)
I hope this was helpful. enjoy

Nov 20, 2008 | Honeywell QuietCare HCM-630 Humidifier

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