Do It Yourself Maintenance For Your HumidifierWritten by Alex under General, Humidifiers, Limescale Inhibitors | No Comments
Keeping your air quality equipment in good working order is important for smooth, efficient operation. Badly maintained equipment will become noisy, smelly, expensive to run and not do its job properly. Basic maintenance can be undertaken by the user in the space of an afternoon without any specialist knowledge and undertaking some simple jobs now can mean not having to worry about expensive repairs in the future.
The most basic yet fundamental point to take care of when maintaining a humidifier is thorough cleaning. Scale, rust, minerals and collected dust can all get into the reservoir and will result in clogged pipes, hoses and nozzles. This is particularly true if you live in a hard water area so you should make sure you clean that system at least once a year. Most humidifiers will be designed with cleaning and maintenance in mind so taking them apart and cleaning them through should simply be a case of following the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
If your humidifier is the type in which there is a filter or pad which gets wet it is often necessary to replace these once a year as they become less efficient with age and use.
If yours is the type of humidifier which has a reservoir it is likely that it will become encrusted with mineral scale over time. This can both affect the machine’s operation and also become a home to bacteria and mould. Using a humidifier cleaning solution and an anti-bacterial to thoroughly clean the system both at the start and the end of the period that your humidifier is going to get the most use. If possible, it’s a good idea to use a bacterial control product at regular intervals throughout the time that you’re running the humidifier as bacteria can multiply over the course of the humidifier’s season of use.
Humidifiers that have a reservoir depend on a float mechanism to govern the rate of water that flows through the system and this can often become clogged as well, preventing it from moving properly and therefore meaning the humidifier won’t be able to operate efficiently. Simply removing the float at the end of the period of operation (usually about this time of year, when you start turning the central heating down) and cleaning the moving parts with vinegar or humidifier cleaning solution will mean that it can move freely next time you come to use it.