Humidifiers are extremely popular these days and sell very well in the general market. It is believe that the humidity in the air naturally has health benefits and a humidifier works to maintain that specific humidity at all times.
People with ailments such as asthma rely on them to work at their optimum level to improve their quality of life, and so when things go wrong people can get extremely frustrated when the machine cannot be put right again immediately. DIY humidifier repair is not as tough as it’s believed to be though and is, in fact, quite easy to learn. Read on for just a few of the basics!
It’s Got The Power
The first thing to do when a humidifier stops working is check the power source. A plausible explanation for a humidifier to suddenly stop working is blowing a fuse, especially after prolonged use, or for the source to quit. Simply plugging another item into the power source will determine whether it is indeed the humidifier or the source.
Some DIY humidifier repair may be needed if the power is absolutely fine. Also check the cable to make sure that no wires are showing. If they are, turn off the power and reconnect them to the plug and/or fuse before binding with cable tape and trying again.
If your humidifier has stopped working, it may be something as simple as there not being enough water in its reservoir or a filter (on the humidifiers that have them) may need changing. If this is the case, then the problem is easily solved without the need for any DIY humidifier repair. However, it may be that both are fine and the problem lies elsewhere.
A humidifier is not human. It is, after all, a machine and thus its response times are a lot longer than ours. We can automatically adapt to a change in the temperature or humidity of an environment but it takes a humidifier some time to respond to that change.
Check the humidifier’s humidistat. If it is lower than the actual humidity then it may take a few hours to respond to a rapid change in the environment humidity. This may be uncomfortable to deal with, but it does mean that your humidifier is in fine working order and DIY humidifier repair is not warranted.
A humidifier’s humidistat is the prime cause of any DIY humidifier repair that needs doing. As they are so delicate, the slightest knock may actually dislodge a wire or knock the panel out of place.
Simply clip the offending wire back in place, unless it has become disconnected. If that is the case, all you need is a screwdriver to repair it. Simply screw the wire back in place and make sure that it is secure.
The final thing you should check is the fan hub. It is usually located underneath the control panel. If it appears to be loose then simply tighten it with pliers. If the fan rattles when it restarts it may just need a few drops of oil to set it in motion again.
DIY humidifier repair is very simple and a great way to start learning about maintenance of household items. However, if none of the above work, you would have to return it to the manufacturer if it was in warranty or take it to a repair shop if not.
Humidifiers are designed to be put to use on a regular basis but are not used to working overtime for a number of hours at a time every day. As a result of this sort of use, they do tend to suffer wear and tear quickly and easily. Take good care of it and it will take care of you!