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A simple check you can perform on your aprilaire 760 is the following:
1) locate the two brown wires coming out of the 760 (these wires will be wired to tell the 760 to turn on when the hvac bower is on and the humidistat is calling for moisture).
2) temprarily disconnect the two brown wires from the external wiring and then short the wires together. All you're doing here is bypassing the your thermostat and bower-on indicator.
With the 70 unit plugged in to the wall outlet and the two brown wires connected together, both the fan and the solenoid valve (water inlet valve) should both be activated.
If you have 24 volts to the solenoid, then it's not the control card. It's either the solenoid or there's an orifice in the water line at the solenoid that sometimes stops up. To check the solenoid you need to disconnect the power to the system and disconnect the solenoid wires (the two brown wires) and ohm the solenoid. If you get a low ohm reading around 50 ohms or then the solenoid is good and you need to check the orifice. If the ohm meter doesn't move when you ohm across both leads then it's the solenoid and it needs replaced.
the 760 humidifier does not need a transformer wired externally. the 760 has its' own 24v transformer inside the fan compartment. this transformer will provide the power to enrgize the water solenoid as needed. it sounds like to me the additional trasnformer is hot all the time. when the furnace comes on, the unit gets power and the internal transformer is cancelling the power from the external transformer. this would explain why it quits running when the heat is on. since the external transformer is hot all time, when the heat shuts off, the solenoid is getting energized by the external transformer. to make this run correctly, you need to get rid of the external transformer. leave the humidifier high voltage wires hooked up so they are only hot when the furnace runs. if you have a humidistat that has a r and c terminal, you will need to wire these directly to the r and c on the furnace control board and move the switch inside the humidistat to "power". make sure it is not on "bypass". then wire your 2 brown wires from the humidifier to each of the "h" terminals on the humidistat. if you have a humidistat that only has 2 terminals, wire one brown wire to each of the terminals. this should allow it to run properly.
the 760 send power out the humidistat is just a switch if you touch the two brown wire coming outof the 760 the humidifier should come on if it doesnt and you had appiled power to those wire you probably shorted the 760 control board
I suppose you are looking at the do-it-yourself model. Depending on the wire that is run up to you Regular Thermostat from your furnace. You may have to run a seperate line for the Humidistat. A digital thermostat that does Humidity and Temperature is recommended. Or you could just place a Humidistat near the furnace room. A wiring diagram will come with the Humidifier discribing the different ways to wire it.
If you replaced the solenoid yourself make sure that is a 24VAC some solenoid are 120VAC and they look the same. to see if your humidifier is working you can short the 2 control wires coming from the humidifier I think the wires are brown or oa range. if you put then together the hum. should come on if is pluged in, if not then check your outlet see if you have 120AC plug in a lamp to check the outlet, if not your hum.may have a bad power supply you can get one at www.AppliancePartsPros.com/Parts