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Its probably the cleaning light that comes on periodically to remind you to clean the unit. Shut off the unit AND when you do so hold down the power button for several seconds until the flashing red light shuts off. The cleaning light should stay off until the next cleaning is due.
Per the Air-O-Swiss FAQ:
Q: Cleaning light is flashing (AOS U650, AOS 7135, AOS 7142, AOS 7144, AOS 7147)
A: Switch the unit OFF and unplug it. Empty the water in the base. Rinse the base with hot/clean water. Do not submerge the base! Visually inspect the base for dirt or mineral build up. If soft water is used decalcifying the unit every 4 weeks with EZ Cal is suggested. If hard water is used the unit should be decalcified every 2 weeks. Do not forget to reset the clean light after resetting the unit.
Q: Reset cleaning light (AOS U650, AOS 7135, AOS 7142, AOS 7144, AOS 7147)
A: The cleaning light does not automatically reset. Hold down the power button (button A in instruction manual) until the light stops flashing. The light automatically comes on approximately 14 days after plugging in the unit.
It sounds like it is just miswired. The low voltage wiring off the humidistat should be on W and C on the circ. board at the furnace. If you have it on R and C then it will power it constantly regardless if the heat is running or not. W is only energized on a call for heat which is typically when you want that type of humidifier to run
It's not uncommon for duct work in an older home to Bang as the furnace cycles due to age. The humidifier banging while turning on and of is mostlikely the solenoid valve; if the solenoid is bad it is actually to your benefit to replace the entire humidifier as the solenoids are very expensive, 50%+ of a new humidifier. Plus you get the 5 year parts warranty on the new unit instead of just one year on the solenoid. If you don't want to replace the entire unit you can replace the Humidistat, and that should fix the on/off cycling, however a new humidistat is included with a new unit, which again is more cost effective. They are easy enough to replace as a do it yourselfer, especially when replacing an existing unit. I hope this helps you.
Mine is a SUL495 Filter Free unit and worked fine last year and the first couple of days recently, but I'm having the same issue, motor running , no mist, and trying to talk to someone @ in customer service today is a joke, I've cleaned everything but still no luck, I paid $40.00 for this unit in Jan. 2011 and have about two weeks until the warranty runs out, and the other wonderful thing is the nearest service center is about 50 miles away, I may wait until Monady to try to speak to someone, but I probably won't like the answers.
From the troubleshooting section of the manual (http://www.crane-usa.com/manuals/HumidifierManual2008.pdf):
Humidifier power light is staying red and
not turning green
Humidifier is working than stops:
Ensure that water level sensor is
? Clean water float
? Call service center and request
replacement water float
If humidifier does not work at all: ? Ensure it is properly plugged into a
? Check that the switch is in the ON
? If Power On indicator light does not
come on, bring to authorized service
I have the same type of Aprilaire humidifier unit with automatic temperature sensing control. My unit also displayed the 'E3' code. The HVAC technician was on site today and replaced the temperature sensing unit that is located outside the house. The humidifier is functioning normally once again.