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Whole-House Humidifiers: Don’t Neglect Them This Winter

Posted on: January 25th, 2013 by

Whole-House Humidifiers: Don't Neglect Them This WinterWhole-house humidifiers are working hard during the dry North Texas winter to keep indoor air healthier and warmer. Your HVAC professional can get your humidifier ready for the season during your furnace’s annual tune-up, but regular ongoing maintenance is essential for the efficient operation of your humidifier. 

Visual inspection
Inspect your whole-house humidifier once a month. Look for and remove mold and mineral buildup, and check for leaks on and around the unit.

Replace the water panel
The water panel, pad or filter, depending on the model of humidifier you have, needs to be replaced at least once a year, or more often if you have hard water or keep your home particularly humid. Mineral buildup in the tiny holes prevents the air from flowing through the humidifier and will make the system operate inefficiently.

Level the distribution tray
If the water distribution tray isn’t level, the water won’t flow down the water panel properly.

Check the solenoid valve
The solenoid valve releases water into your humidifier. To check it for correct operation, make sure your furnace is on and turn off your humidistat, then wait a few moments and turn it back on. You should hear the solenoid valve click, followed by water running through the plastic tubing.

Clean the orifice
The orifice is located just below the solenoid valve and regulates the flow of water into the distribution tray. If its small hole becomes clogged with mineral buildup, remove it with a thin needle.

End of season
At the end of the humidifying season, thoroughly clean your humidifier and close the seasonal damper.

Maintenance kits for whole-house humidifiers are available at your local home improvement store and contain extra components for easy replacement.

For more expert advice on maintaining your whole-house humidifier, or for help in determining what type of humidifier is right for you, please feel free to contact us at AirRite Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the Fort Worth and Arlington areas with a high level of customer satisfaction since 1955.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about humidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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