How To Repair Your Humidifier


All household appliances require general maintenance from time to time to retain its usefulness and prolong its shelf life. It is much easier if your appliance is still under warranty- you only need to send it back to the manufacturer.

However, if it has broken down after the warranty period, what should you do? Listed here are some common problems concerning humidifier for baby and repair tips to help you fix your non-functioning humidifier quickly and easily.

Check Your Humidistat

A humidistat functions as an automatic detector-it monitors the humidity levels in a room or house and turns the humidifier on or off accordingly. If you sense something amiss with the device, you should check the humidistat. It should work well with your heating system, especially during winter.

  • Check your electrical control panel for a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse. Replace the blown fuse.
  • If this is not the problem, set the humidistat at a higher level (higher than the current humidity in the room).
  • Switch off the electrical service panel.
  • Open the humidistat body for examination.
  • Using a volt-ohm meter, attach a wire clip to the two terminal screws.
  • Switch on power to the humidistat. If the drum operates, the humidistat is faulty and requires replacement.
  • To replace the humidistat, switch off the power at the electrical service panel and disconnect the humidistat.
  • You can purchase a new humidistat from your local electronic and home equipment store. Install the replacement unit.

Check The Float Control

The hollow float inside a humidifier helps control water level. You will need to refill the reservoir from time to time.

  • Open the water reservoir panel.
  • Fill the water to an appropriate level and determine whether the float rod is straight.
  • Adjust the float switch is necessary.
  • Tighten all connections to the float.
  • If faulty, purchase a new float and replace the faulty float.

 Check The Fan Motor

Usually preceded by unusual noise, a faulty fan motor may require servicing or replacement.

Check Your Evaporative Pad

  • Clean your humidistat. A dirty filter or damaged filter foam can be cause for the problem when the humidifier is not cleaned and maintained regularly.
  • Purchase water conditioners to soften the water and reduce algae formation. This helps to make your unit last longer.
  • A clean pad prevents emission of bad smell.

Safety Tips For Your Humidifier

Here are some safety tips in using a humidifier:

1. Follow instructions given in the manual for assembling and handling. If there is filter, consult the manual for further instructions.

2. Always ensure that your hands are dry when installing and handling the power unit. Keep the power outlet away from any form of liquid or dampness.

3. Place the humidifier on a level surface. Ensure that the position of the humidifier is stable. This prevents accidents due to collapse or fall of machine.

4. When water is boiling (in warm mist humidifier), prevent tipping over by warning others beforehand. Keep children away from the device at all times.

5. Use a hygrometer to determine the appropriate level of humidity. Dust mites are more prevalent in overly humid conditions. Maintaining a healthy humidity level will keep them at bay.

6. Remember to turn off the power outlet and unplug the cord when you conduct your routine maintenance cleaning.

7. Always clean and maintain your humidifier properly. Check the humidistat, float, fan and evaporative pad at times to see whether they need replacement.

When using a humidifier, these are the general safety reminders that you should bear in mind. Do not compromise on your safety or health by tolerating the use of a dirty and bacteria-laden device. You and your family deserve the best!