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How do I remove the motor housing and clean the insides of the humidifier? I cannot figure out after removing the three screws. What now?

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  • Bjg4077 May 28, 2011

    Your answer is not addressed to the question. The question is "How do I remove the motor housing which also includes the fan portion. I am not addressing myself to the water holder or the bottom tray.

  • Bjg4077 May 29, 2011

    If you re-read my inquiry you'll see that you have not answered it. I know how to clean the water reserve and the bottom tray. I am asking about the motor housing and fan area.

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Although I've never worked on one of these units, many items such as these are manufactured to be virtually impossible to fix without breaking locking plastic fasteners or locking holders, for the plastic housings. In short, they aren't made to be fixed, and they design them that way.
Sometimes you have to break apart the plastic housing to access the interior, but if you're lucky you can flex it, or pry it with butter knives, etc., to get it apart. Unfortunately, there are no repair facilities for these devices, that I know of.
One thing you might try to check for. Often, the makers will hide screws with plastic glued-on labels. You have to push to pressure-feel them, then lift the labe(s) to unscrew them.
Good luck, and hope this helps.

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Hi,
First turnoff the warm air humidifier Bionaire, and from the electrical outlet, you maydisconnect the plug. If there is any container of water from the filtrationsystem and base of the humidifier, you may remove it. By using a towel soakedwith white vinegar, the humidifier's base should be rubbed down. Use warm waterfor washing the base, and use sterilized paper towels or lint-free fabric totumble it dry. The container of water should be emptied. For eliminating thesediment as well as the bulk of grime, you may wash it with warm water. Thewater container should be filled with a cup of white vinegar and warm water.Now, for 20 minutes you may let the treatment sit for the moment. Softly rubthe container with a soft-bristled scrubbing-brush till all scales and depositsof minerals vanish away. The vinegar treatment solution should be left empty.Using warm water, you may completely soak the water container. At this point,you may use sterilized paper towels or lint-free fabric. The filter should bereplaced and on the Bionaire humidifier base, the water container should bereattached. You may now refill and start using your humidifier machine. You need to follow thisstep-by-step. Hope this will help you.

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Only one fan working


There are two causes of your problems:
1. The fan needs you to manually turn it to start running.
Problem: The motor bearings both ends are dried out.
Solution:
1. Remove the motor/fan from the motor housing (there are two screws that hold the motor to the housing. The only way I know how to get to the screw is to bend one of the fan blade up and use a long screw driver to get to the screws.
2. Remove the two screws that hold the bearings to the motor.
3. Detach the bottom bearing (opposite of the fan end.) You might have to use a flat screw driver to pry the bearing off.
4. Use a Q-tip and soak it with motor oil or grease then lubri- cate the fan end shaft/bearing.
5. Use a Q-tip + alcohol to clean up the bottom bearing hole, then lubricate it with grease or motor oil.
6. Put the motor and bearings back together and make sure that the fan can turn freely now.
7. Install the motor/fan back into it housing.
The fan should turn on its own without you helping it.
If the fan won't turn, you have a bigger problem. See below.

2. The fan won't turn at all and is really tight even when you try to
turn it by hand.
Problem: The transformer coil(s) is/are burnt out. Chances are you let the fan run dry to a point that it squealed and started to smell like it was burning before it quit all together.
Solution 1:
1. Remove the filters and their housing on the bad fan side.
2. Duct tape a piece of plastic over the bad fan opening.
3. Run the humidifier with one fan. It works just as well.

Solution 2:
1. Buy a new humidifier.
2. Make sure you lubricate the bearings as soon as the motor begins to squeal.

Solution 3: You need knowledge of electricity
1. Take the motor/fan out from the housing.
2. Use a vote meter to check the resistance in both coil of the transformer; should read about 17 ohms. The coil(s) that has a high reading or if the meter shows 'OL' is bad. Remove the Yellow tape from the coil to see if you have a loose soldering joint between the coil wiring the electrical cord. If yes, solder the joint back together, check the resistance again to make sure you have about 17 ohms. If the answer is yes, put the yellow tape back on the coil and use electrical tape to secure the tape. Hopefully, the fan should work now. Good luck!

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How do i get the motor housing apart to clean the inside of it. I live in a place with very little humidity. I run the humidifier 24 hours a day for 6 months out of the year. The motor housing gets...


I don't think they want you to open the motor housing as it could cause them problems. This unit was not intended to do the job your asking it to do and you should consider a humidifier for your home or apartment. they can be added by a HVAC man and are not to expensive. I think this would help you with both your problems.

Or put some CLR threw the motor and it will clean it up.

Feb 14, 2011 | Vicks V4500 1 Gallon Humidifier

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I have an Essick air D46 720. The fan is not running. :(


Here is a solution I wrote up for another Humidifier with a fan problem:

Have you considered checking to see if the fan motor mightjust need cleaning and lubricating?
Most small fans and heaters, have small fan motors, in which thebearings have dried out over the years. If you have made anelectrical check on the motor leads-- and you have electric going into thewindings, likely the motor feels warm? (If not-- possibly a bad splicewhere the supply wire attaches to the tiny armature wires?-- check , and checkcontinuity)

If you want to tear into the fan motor, and clean up and lubricate thebearings-- here are some tips:

First you need to get inside the heater of the fan housing-- by removing theprotective covers.
Note the screws, s, locations, and how the protective coverswill go back on when you are ready to reassembly-- Mark where the screw holesare that line up with the matching other parts.

Then remove the motor from it's bracket (Possibly have to remove the fanfirst?)
You will have to remove the fan, to lubricate both front and realbearings.
Next you will need to remove the 4 long screws that hold the motorframe together-- Be sure to mark the original alignment, so you can reassemblycorrectly.

Now, with the fan removed, gently separate the Front and rearhalf's of the motor. Usually the windings will stay with the portion ofthe motor where the wires are still attached. Either way, you are goingto have to get the bearings to slide off both Shafts of the armature-- withoutbreaking the delicate winding wires-- the wires are hair thin on small motors!

Now clean up the caked on residue on the shaft where the bearings ride,with rubbing alcohol. Clean up the internals of the bearings as best youcan- making sure the pores of the oil-lite bearings are not plugged withsolids. Now begin the gentle process of getting the bearing wicking tosoak up new oil. When you are sure the reservoirs are wellsaturated, then generously lubricate the shafts, and slip them thru thebearings again-- retracing all your steps above, The motor shaft shouldturn freely now. You can test the motor without the fan on-- to besure you have the motor itself reassembled properly.

Double check all the splices, switches, and any high temperature limit switchesfor continuity-- and trace the wiring all the way back out thru the powersupply cord.

What did you find, and what do you need to do next?

I hope this helped-- Let me know If I can help further--

Mack B

Jan 26, 2011 | Essick Air D46720 6 Gallon Humidifier

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I wanted to clean the inside of the kaz vaporizer and i took the screws out but cant get the gray plastic off help it looks like there is a lot of dried minerals inside help please


I want to clean the white gritty minerals from the fly wheel inside the humidifier. I took the three screws out but the plastic wheel will not move. I'm afraid to force it...might crack or break.

Jan 03, 2011 | Kaz 4100 1 Gallon Humidifier

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Hunter Humidifier #33222


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

Jan 16, 2009 | Hunter CareFree Plus 33222 Humidifier

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How do I clean Hunter Humidifier #33222 ?


From The Hunter 3322 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. 41553-01 01/03/2008 6 © 2008 Hunter Fan Company
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 YOURHUMIDIFIERto continue use. If you are storing the humidifier, make sure the parts are completely dry, reassemble, and store in a dry location

Jan 16, 2009 | Hunter CareFree Plus 33222 Humidifier

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Not adding moisture to the air


Have you cleaned the unit lately? The following is from the owners 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. 41553-01 01/03/2008 6 © 2008 Hunter Fan Company
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 YOURHUMIDIFIERto continue use. If you are storing the humidifier, make sure the parts are completely dry, reassemble, and store in a dry location

Jan 04, 2009 | Hunter CareFree Plus 33222 Humidifier

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I need to know how to clean my filters on Hunter Humidifier Model # 33222. I have misplaced my instructions.


The instruction manual suggests using the water vinegar solution.
The following is from the 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. 41553-01 01/03/2008 6 © 2008 Hunter Fan Company
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 YOURHUMIDIFIERto continue use. If you are storing the humidifier, make sure the parts are completely dry, reassemble, and store in a dry location.

Dec 18, 2008 | Hunter CareFree Plus 33222 Humidifier

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Small rubbery piece has fallen off


I contacted Lasko and immediately got a response:

You will need to remove the top grill of the humidifier to install the gasket. The gasket installation instructions are as follows.
  1. Unplug the humidifier.
  1. Remove the top half of the humidifier and turn it upside down onto a stable surface.
***Be sure that the pump housing is dry. If it is not, there is a possibility that water will flow into the motor housing and cause damage to the motor.

  1. Locate and remove the six (6) screws that are around the inner edge of the unit.
3 are located near the front and 3 are located near the back.

  1. You will now be able to remove the top grill to install the gasket into the U shape part of the housing.
  1. Once the gasket is in place, you will then reassemble the top grill to the housing and reinstall the screws.

Apr 24, 2008 | Lasko 1115 Humidifier

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