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What should the heating element look like after I've cleaned the buildup? I am doing this for the first time in a few months and the buildup is thick.

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The heating element casing on which the buildup grows is made of an aluminum alloy that is originally black anodized which looks like plastic, but you should take care to not scratch the protective black anodize because over time it will corrode and makes a rough finish. It is not important to remove all the scale on the eating element, but only what falls off. You may let the element soak into vinegar or "CLR" cleaner from within the humidifier underneath pan such that would not need to scrub as it will dissolve and fall off. You have to rinse the pan and the eating element after soaking. If the layer of scale left is a thin that is OK, the water will go through as it is porous so the humidifier will continue to work normally. Keep in mind that the eating element is designed with a thermal protection built-in such that if the layer of scale is too thick to transfer the heat into the water, it will shut down by itself until it has cooled down enough.

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How can I prevent mineral buildup in my small humidifier?


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How to clean sunbeam humidifier swm5250


CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS (from the manual):

The following maintenance procedures must be routinely followed in order to ensure proper, efficient operation of your humidifier. The unit WILL NOT WORK CORRECTLY if it is not cleaned properly.

When the unit is in use, daily and weekly maintenance is recommended. Regular weekly cleaning prevents scale buildup on the heating element and base. It also prevents micro-organisms from growing on the base. This ensures that maximum efficiency will be achieved.

We cannot over-emphasize how essential proper cleaning is to the maintenance and continued use of your unit and to the the avoidance of algae or bacteria build-up.

DAILY MAINTENANCE
Allow to cool before maintenance.
1. Before cleaning, set the control to OFF (O) position and unplug the unit from the electrical outlet.
2. Remove the water tank then unlock the misting chamber by rotating the safety lock towards the front of the unit. Lift mist chamber from the unit's base.
3. Empty water and minerals from the base and place in the top rack of the dishwasher. This will remove any sediment and dirt that has accumulated in the base.
NOTE: It is imperative that the base is cleaned properly. The base is dishwasher safe (top rack ONLY) for easy cleaning.
4. Wipe the heating element clean with a soft cloth after it has had a chance to cool.
5. Replace misting chamber and engage safety lock. The Electronic Thermal Control Heating element is lined with a coating that is designed to provide the easiest cleaning and prolong the operating efficiency of the humidifier. DO NOT use any metal or hard objects to clean the Heating Element. Never use detergents, gasoline, kerosene, glass cleaner, furniture polish, paint thinner or other household solvents to clean any part of the humidifier.

WEEKLY MAINTENANCE
Remove Scale: Allow to cool before maintenance.
1. Repeat steps 1-5 in the Daily Maintenance section.
2. Clean the tray by partially filling the base with one 8 oz. cup of undiluted white vinegar. Let solution stand 20 minutes, cleaning all interior surfaces with a soft brush. Dampen a cloth with undiluted white vinegar and wipe out entire base to remove scale.
3. Rinse with clean warm water to remove scale and the white vinegar solution before beginning to disinfect the tank.
4. Wipe the heating element clean with a soft cloth after it has had a chance to cool.

Disinfect Tank:
1. Fill tank with 1/2 teaspoon of chlorine bleach and 1/2 gallon of water.
2. Let the solution stand for 20 minutes, swishing every few minutes. Wet all surfaces.
3. Empty the tank after 20 minutes, and rinse well with water until the bleach smell is gone. Dry with a clean cloth of paper towel.
4. Refill the water tank with cool water; replace the housing and water tank. Repeal ALL Operating Instructions.

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I'm no expert, but a friend of mine loaned me her humidifier recently and she just put some bleach and water in the tank and cleaned the tank with that. It did leave a smell of bleach in the tank that could be smelled any time it ran, but after a few refillings, it went away, and I figure if it smells there must be a little left, which means it should clean the working parts fairly well too. (while you're running it the first few times) And the medicine tray in the SWM5250 is dishwasher safe, so I would just run that through the dishwasher, but bleach should be fine for that too.

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The vaporizor is plugged in. I just refilled the tank and turned it back on and it is not working. There is an orange light surrounding the control dial. How do I reset it


Turn it off for a few minutes then turn it back on. If it it works for a short time then turns orange again you need to clean the heating element. It will have a brown crust that builds up over time.

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You might need to clean around the heating element...
we have very hard water and calcium builds up on and around the heating element and all the surrounding parts. I take it apart and pour CPR around the element and scrub with a brush .. once you get it clean it should stay running.

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My Clairion SD1015 just stopped working. It's been working fine for 1 1/2 years.


the process this unit uses to evaporate water (boil water) leaves behind any minerals from the water . this builds up on the heating element and requires regular cleaning .. you can soak it in white vinegar to help remove the scale .. here is a URL that gives specific instructions on how to do that ...
http://www.clairion.com/usermanuals/DD_SD_eng.pdf
if there is enough buildup, the heating element gets too hot ... it may trip a thermal fuse .. if this happens then its likely that the machine will appear to have no power at all ... the thermal fuse is located inside the machine and is soldered or crimped in .. it requires a person with technical expertise to change that .. the heating elements go bad but not often ..if your unit lights up but simply doesnt give vapor output then it may be overheating inside due to buildup on the heater ... it might take a couple of days to get all that cleaned off the heater ... there are two sensors that detect that the machine is assembled correctly .. if its not then it will refuse to operate ... also one of the sensors could be bad ..

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Humidifier does not reset


According to Holmes, one of the causes of the Reset light staying on is scale buildup on the heating element.

Remove Scale: Allow to cool before maintenance.
1. Repeat steps 1-5 in the Daily Maintenance section.
2. Clean the base by partially filling the base with one
8-oz cup of undiluted white vinegar. Let solution stand
20 minutes, cleaning all interior surfaces with a soft
brush. Dampen a cloth with undiluted white vinegar
and wipe out entire base to remove scale.
3. Rinse with clean warm water to remove scale and the
white vinegar solution before beginning to disinfect
the tank.
4. Wipe the heating element clean with a soft cloth after
it has had chance to cool.

If the scale has really built up it might take longer than 20 mins for the vinegar to get rid of it and you might need to refresh with new vinegar.

Your Manual can be found at this link:
http://www.holmesproducts.com/Manuals/Holmes/HM5250-UC_English.pdf

Good Luck.

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