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remove the cover and replaced the water pad and clean the water guide on top of filter and lower drain case by drain hose,then make sure the fan is operating and the water inlet and outlet lines are lime build-up free
Check your water supply. Make sure the valves are open and/or not blocked. You could have a blocked orifice in the water line by the solenoid valve. Check to see if your humidistat is set high enough. When you replace the water panel could you have accidentally disconnected a wire. Is the door on good. Some humidifiers must have the door closed properly to maintain a proper low voltage connection.
If this is a furnace mounted humidifier. Just plug it in and turn it on. I do not know what part of the country you are in. I live in northeastern Ohio. We set out humidistats at aprox. 35% and adjust as needed.
Unplug it for the summer. If it getts muggy in the house or if you get condensation around the doors, windows or window sills. Turn the setting down. If it feels dry in the house, or you have dry skin, nosebleeds, dry eyes or notice static electricity. Turn up the humidistat. Always ajust a little at a time and allow a couple of days between adjustments. It takes time to notice any changes.
IMPORTANT ...change the water panels in it yearly for maximum operation.
Sure. But if your homemade gasket leaks try a little 100% silicone caulking. It smells bad for an hour or so but it will help. If you use the silicon make sure you allow it to thoroughly dry before you get it wet or it "will" leak.
From The Hunter Manual
1. Turn the humidifier ‘OFF’ and unplug the unit.
2. Lift the main housing and remove the water dispersion tray and the PermaWick™ Filters. The motor is attached to the main housing. Do not place the motor near water. Do not use a wet towel on the motor or motor housing as electrical shock may occur.
3. The PermaWick™ Filter should be cleaned in a vinegar and water solution to remove any mineral buildup. Place in a solution of one (1) gallon of water and eight (8) ounces of undiluted white vinegar. Allow the filter to soak for 20 minutes.
4. After soaking, rinse it several times with clean water. Place the PermaWick™ Filter in a location where it can drip dry while you clean the other parts of your humidifier.
5. Remove the water tank from the base and empty any water that is left in the tank. Soak the base in a mixture of one (1) gallon of water and eight (8) ounces of vinegar for 20 minutes.
6. After soaking, wipe the base with a soft cloth or sponge to remove any mineral build up. Rinse with clean water several times. If you are planning on storing the humidifier, be sure the base is completely dry.
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.
8. Empty the tank of the water/vinegar mixture. Rinse it several times with clean water and then replace the tank cap. If you are planning on storing the humidifier, dry it inside and out, leaving the cap off to allow the tank to completely dry. Continue to clean the other parts of your humidifier.
9. Remove the water diffuser cap by squeezing the two tabs as shown in Figure 3. Rinse the cap in clean water to remove any debris. If the cap contains hard water residue, soak it in a mixture of one (1) quart of water and two (2) ounces of vinegar for 20 minutes.
Rinse well and reinstall the water diffuser cap. Do not expose motor or other electrical components to water.
10. Wipe the surfaces of the main housing with a soft cloth.
11. Once all the parts are clean, reassemble the humidifier, and follow the USING YOUR HUMIDIFIER to continue use. If you are storing the humidifier, make sure the parts are completely dry, reassemble, and store in a dry location
Mine dried out too. I could not find where to get the rubber valve seal for the tanks. Holmes does not list the part and when I called the rep told me they didid not stock the part. I solved my problem by purchasing thin rubber washers from Lowe's. They are 3/16 X 1 1/4 X 1/16 thick. The 3/16 hole in the center "snaps" on over the end of the plastic plunger just like the original. I had to trim the outside diameter with scissors to about 1" or using the old ones as a guide. Cost me $0.67
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.