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My vaporizer has stopped making steam. It's only a couple months old. Help!

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It probably has a calcium and mineral deposit buildup, that has clogged the unit. Especially, if you're using well water to fill the tank.

To solve this problem, empty the tank of any water that may still be in it and mix a 50/50 solution of White Vinegar and Bottled Distilled Water. Fill the tank with the solution and let it sit for i hour. Then turn the unit ON and let it run, until it starts producing humidity. Once it does, wait 10 minutes and turn the unit OFF and empty any remaining solution from the tank. Refill the tank with Bottled Distilled Water and run the unit for 10 minutes. This will flush the system of the Vinegar and Water solution. It's best to empty the tank again and refill with Bottled Distilled Water and use the humidifier as you normally would. I would highly recommend using Bottled Distilled Water from now on. This will eliminate any future calcium and mineral buildup and having to flush the unit repeatedly.

Hope this helps you solve the problem. Please let me know.

Posted on Apr 09, 2011

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