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No steam do you put the salt in the water or in the part that makes the steam?

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  • jserrata Feb 01, 2009

    Vaporizer works fine at the start, but stops working before all the water is gone. Do I need to put salt in the tank very

    time I reload it?

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No steam is coming out?


Try salt in the water, booklet in mine recomends salt to create steam, but don't add too much or you'll end up with a mini giser!!!
Hope this helps, if not, it's possible that the heating element is bad. Try the salt, then turn on for 1/2 hour or so, remove the cartridge from the water resivore and slowly stick a finger in to see if the water is hot or cold...

Apr 14, 2013 | Vicks Warm Mist V745A 1 Gallon Humidifier

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I have hard water, plugged it in, no steam. Added salt, no steam. What to do?


I have hard water as well and I wasn't getting steam. I put in a good tablespoon of salt and the steam started immediately. Try more than a pinch (if that's all you put in originally)

Oct 16, 2012 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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We have a water softener and I think the water has too much salt and therefore, our Vicks vaporizer has too much steam. Any suggestion?


If your softener is working properly, you should never get any salt in your water. The salt is used only to reactivate the ionic media in your softener cartridge, and during the backflush cycle, all that salt is removed, down to PPM (Parts Per Million) levels.
In any case, even if you used salt water in your vaporizer, it would not increase the amount of steam that it produces. Salt water has a higher boiling point than fresh water. You would also notice salt buildup inside the tank as the water level goes down.
The Vicks Vaporizer works by using only heat to produce steam- the hotter it gets, the more steam it makes. The only practical way to get too much steam outside of a malfunction that causes your heating element to get abnormally hot would be if you live at a very high altitude where water boils at a lower temperature.
High humidity in your home will make it appear as if your vaporizer is making too much steam since the surrounding air will be less capable of absorbing it.
A slightly "off topic" note- if you chose the Vicks Vaporizer/humidifier and have children, you have made a wise decision. Because it produces water vapor by heating instead of ultrasonics, contaminants and minerals (such as salt, iron, calcium, etc.) remain in the tank and will not enter the vapor stream.

Mar 25, 2011 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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I bought our Vicks vaporizer and it worked great the first night we used it. We had added a pinch of salt and it steamed all night. Now my husband is sick and we cannot get it to work correctly. We added...


When you say you added apinch of salt I asked my wife and she says that is the measure that she uses. I doubt that you have to much salt but you can flush out your vaporizer with warm water while the unit is running. I would run two or three times for 1-2 hours each then remove element and rinse withe warm water.Also rinse out container and refill with warm water to fill line,make sure you don't overfill as this can cause the spitting. I would add about 1/4 cup of pure vinegar and let unit run. If you have hard water or high mineral content this should help to clean it.
I hope this helps you but if it doesn't I would return it as defective. Thank you

Dec 16, 2010 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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My vaporizer is barely putting out any steam...is there a way to clean this unit so that it will produce more steam? This is a Vicks 1.5 gal unit.


Is the water in your area soft? If so, add a few pinches of salt. Vaporizers boil the water by running electricity through it. If your water is too soft, no electricity and therefore no steam.

If you have hard water, and the unit must be cleaned, try soaking it in vinegar.

Dec 24, 2009 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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No steam output


Dec 06, 2009 - found solution: if unit is truely clean, unplug unit then mix about a teaspoon of iodized salt (table salt) to the water. Reconnect unit wait about 1 - 2 minutes, unit will start to make a grinding sound but shortly after steam will produce.

Nov 13, 2009 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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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!

Nov 19, 2008 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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Vicks caporiser is spitting water instead of steam


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 :)

Aug 03, 2008 | Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer 1.5 Gallon...

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