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Filter dries out

I didn't have a problem last year, but this winter I have been thru 3 filters in 2 months. The filter is constantly drying out, so I started to turn the filter everyday. This doesn't help. The top of the filter still dries out in 24 hours. I am assuming that the problem is with the filters, I bought 6 at the same time.
I am currently looking at new humidifiers, to replace this one..any idea's?
I won't be buying a Kenmore.

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  • Genlady May 01, 2008

    We have two Holmes humidifiers. They worked great the first couple of years but now we have the same problem of the filters drying out. They only wick up about half way and only last about a week instead of a month or two like they used to. We have tried the Holmes brand and the Best Air brand. We have also tried turning them every day and also tipping the unit to put more water into the reservoir.

  • nellaw2frank Dec 13, 2008

    same deal...dry out filters ever other day????

  • oct_14_89 Apr 04, 2009

    sears model 758.144115 humidifier 11 gallon model. Worked fine for the first few years---now filters dry out in a few weeks. went though 3 filters in the past few months. refused to change them anymore. We have municipal water supply--doubt there are more minerals. I watch the water supply very carefully. Using Sears brand filters too.

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2 things could be happening.
#1. Your water has gotten harder in the last year and more deposits are getting caught on the filter. Try soaking it in water and vinegar for an hour. This should clean some of the deposits out and extend the life of your filters. Everytime it gets hard try soaking it.

#2. Your machine is running out of water before you can refill. When this happens and the filters dry out, they aren't as good afterwords.

I would advise trying to clean them with vinegar and water and making sure your machine is always full.

Good Luck.

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There are 5 basic, yet solvable reason for what you described. Please pay particular attention to numbers 1 & 2.

1. The humidity extraction level is set to HIGH. Lower it to 32-35%. If you unit is manual control,
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2. Air intake filter is dirty or clogged. Turn unit OFF, & Unplug the
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5. Ambient air temperature at floor level is between 40 - 60 degrees.
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I assume when you say FILTER-- you mean the wicking pad, right?
This is the pad that absorbs the water, and rotates into the path of the air stream- thus increasing the humidity in the room..

I just did a quick search on the internet, and I came across a review on this humidifier--- Here is what she says:

Usually we start running it in late October. It is December now and we have bought THREE pads already this year. One pad should last at least for the few months we use it each year.

If you are fussy, you might want to change it 2 or 3 times in a winter-- others might last thru the whole winter-- Obviously it will have less mold, and will evaporate better, the more often you change it.

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how long the filter will last depends on your water .. if your water has a high mineral content then that is left behind as the water evaporates from the filter/wick ... the yellow brown sounds like calcium deposits .. calcium is often added to water to give it a good taste .. that may be beneficial for you but will build up on the filter .. it doesn't hurt much until it starts to clog the voids in the filter material .. as long as air gets thru then the deposits will be ok .. normally the filter should last about 3 months .. if you use distilled water (with no calcium added) then much longer .. if you have hard water then less .. there is a tablet that you can add to the water to reduce the calcium buildup .. the manufacturer of your humidifier will likely recommend that .. thats often available from hardware stores also ..

so your choices are:
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3. use distilled water for really long filter life
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other types of humidifiers have other problems .. the hot water type gets calcium deposits on the heating element requiring cleaning a couple times a year, usually with vinegar or a calcium solvent .. that takes awhile..

the Ultrasonic type doesn't generally have problems with internal deposits because it blows moist air out including the calcium .. that produces a fine dust on surfaces in your house ..

of those types the filter system like yours is easier to maintain than the hot water type and doesn't leave dust behind like the ultrasonic all work better and longer if the water is pure .. distilled water doesn't cost much but you have to be careful .. read the small print .. some of it will say "calcium added" .. you don't want that .. if you use only distilled water then the filter should last the whole year ..

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7. Fill the water tank with one (1) gallon of water and eight ounces of undiluted white vinegar. Replace the tank cap and shake the tank vigorously until all interior surfaces of the tank have been exposed to the water/vinegar mixture.
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Comment by Soulvisitor, posted on Jan 20, 2008 You should notice moisture on the widows in the room after unit has run for awile, this unit carries a 3 year warranty. More info coming...
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Those filters don't last forever! Whenever I had that problem, I just replaced the filter. (The fresh filters also contain some kind of anti-bacterial or anti-fungal, since you're not supposed to add anything to the water which would spray into the air.) My problem has been finding new filters--does Sears still carry them? (The small one I was in recently does NOT.)

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