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If you want to get optimum performance from your whole house humidifier, you should become familiar with how to properly clean and maintain your unit. Here we offer nine house humidifier cleaning and maintenance tips to help. 

Cleaning Tips 

Here are the basic steps to clean your whole house humidifier: 

  1. Turn off the power and water supply.
  2. Take off the manifold.
  3. Empty the water reservoir, then refill it about two-thirds of the way.
  4. Clean all the parts to wipe away mineral deposits using a 1:3 solution of water to vinegar, or a calcium-removing cleaner.
  5. Your humidifier either has a water panel, water pad, evaporator pad or filter. If it appears worse for wear it should be replaced. If it seems it just needs a good cleaning, check your user’s manual to see if it says it can be cleaned.
  6. Test the humidistat to make sure it calls for humidity when you turn the furnace on. You can watch the process to see if the valve opens and water comes out of the water inlet tube draining into the humidifier drain. If this doesn’t happen, you should call your service technician to check for issues.
  7. Reassemble the humidifier.

When you are finished make sure there are no signs of leaks just in case you loosened something. It’s always best to have a professional cleaning once a year to avoid causing any issues with your system. 

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Maintenance Tips 

To keep your humidifier in tip-top shape use these maintenance tips: 

How often should you clean? 

You should be cleaning your humidifier at least once a week. This will help prevent nasty mineral build-up that can interfere with operation. 

How often should you replace your evaporator pad? 

Your pad should be replaced at least once a year. If you notice a substantial mineral build-up, however, you might need to replace it more often. 

How do I know what parts my humidifier has? 

Always refer to your user’s manual before you attempt to clean or perform maintenance on your humidifier. This is important as you could damage the humidifier or worse shock yourself if you don’t turn it off properly. 

How often should I check for leaks? 

Because your humidifier depends on a water supply, you should check regularly for leaks. 

How do I know if I have a whole-home humidifier on my HVAC system? 

This is an important question as many homeowners purchase a home without knowing they have a humidifier. You can check your furnace to look for equipment hooked up to the furnace and a water source. If you are uncertain if your furnace has a humidifier, ask your HVAC provider or service professional to check for you. 

Why is whole-home humidifier maintenance important? 

Your humidifier helps maintain proper humidity levels so you can enjoy a more comfortable home environment. Dry homes can cause health issues including irritating your throat, eyes, and respiratory system. With proper care, you can maintain proper humidity for a healthier home environment. 

To ensure your whole-home humidifier is properly cleaned and maintained, speak to the professionals at Woodbridge GTA ClimateCare. 

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