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I use white vinegar and hot water. I soak the disk for a few hours. It's amazing. My venta is 10 years old. I also use different scented oils in mine to fragrance the room. I use it daily. I got a new venta but like the older model better. It is my sleeping machine it provides a white noise that I sleep very well to. The new one is too quiet and seems more fragile.
If you have used it for a long time then minerals in the water may have built up somewhere and now needs to be removed wither by cycling a cleaner of some sort or physically scrubbing the moving parts yourself.
The first ting to try is unplug the machine, remove all the filters, and try cleaning with vinegar. Smells bad I know but following up by cleaning with a regular detergent should remove the smell. Detergent alone will not break up the calcium, the acid in the vinegar does that.
Next we need to find out what gears may have slipped or if there is a belt out of place. If everything mechanical is in working order then the cam from the motor to the rest of the unit may be shucked in which case it would depend on where it is broken to determine the best repair. Please, if you could as some problems like this are not always simple, take a look at your particular unit and provide me with some further description of what is going on.
It will not help purify paint fumes and could be a source of combustion. It is best to ventilate using open windows and positive air pressure from a fan blowing from another room into the fume area. Hope this helps some:)
no .. there is no replacable filter .. you do have to clean the housing and disk stack .. the motor assembly comes out easily so you can clean things ... kind of nice 10 warranty with that ... follow instructions for water ..
I own a 3-year old Venta L44 in which the motor stopped turning the wheels inside. It just sat there humming and eventually got hot. I sent an email to the Venta web site asking if they had a recycling program -- they don't. Instead, they replied (after a few days) stating that the motor was covered under the 10-year warranty. They sent me a new motor which was super easy to install. It didn't cost me a thing. It nows works perfectly.
Test the motor to see if it works.Make sure the motor is removed from the rest of the unit. To find out how to remove the unit please hit the "Go Back button and select the "How to remove the motor button"...
Plug the unit in to a working outlet.
Push the #1 speed button on top of the motor.
You now need to engage the saftey switch to start the motor.
Protruding from the motor are two plastic about 3-4 inch guiding arms.
Look inside the end of both of these two guiding arms. One of the arms are hollow and the other one has a white safety switch in the arm.
Use a pencil or small item to push in on the safety switch.
If the fan sarts to rotate the motor is still working.
If the fan does not rotate then the life of the motor has probably ended and a new motor is needed. ( insert motor part link)
Unplug the unit from the A/C outlet. Turn the fan unit over, and with your finger, spin the fan as fast as you easily can. Tooth like projections should rotate out of the lower most part of the assembly. These teeth drive the wheel. If they don't come out, the problem might be in the seating of that silicon rubber nipple, or the "tooth" assembly could be gummed up with algae and deposits. You can wash it out. The problem with mine is the teeth work, but the wheel still doesn't move. I have emailed the sales office for help. I love the unit's performance, but it is temperamental. Good luck, and please post, if you fix it.
try opening the humidifier and removing the hose clear the hose out...check all connections to the pump and see if the pad becomes wet.... the humidifier should still evap even if the room is humid.... let me know if i can do anything else.... feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org