Life in the Phoenix area is much more tolerable with a whole-house humidifier. Experts recommend that the humidity in your home should be less than 60 percent in the summer and about 45 percent in winter. Maintaining an optimum level on a consistent basis is possible, but whole-humidifier maintenance is essential.
If it gets too dry in your home because your system is underperforming, consider these whole-house humidifier maintenance tips.
- Mineral deposits eventually clog up the pads, so change them at least yearly, and every six months on some models.
- Make certain there’s no water dripping from the outside of the humidifier, the drain line, shutoff valve, water supply line, the enclosure, the area under the unit or from the furnace.
- Clean the plastic orifice, a device that regulates the water flowing into the water distribution tray. The orifice dips into the water line after the solenoid valve. When the orifice becomes blocked, insert a safety pin or needle into the tiny opening to clear it out.
- Make sure the humidifier unit is level so water is evenly spread over the evaporator pad.
- Clean the humidifier parts that have mineral deposits in autumn and spring. Soak all limed components in an even mixture of water and vinegar or industrial lime dissolver, immersing them for a half-hour or longer until they’re clean.
- Buy a whole house humidifier maintenance kit to replace any parts that are broken, worn out or covered with mineral deposits. Kits include new water panels, a scale control insert, a water distribution tray and a replacement feed tube including a strainer and orifice.
For more information on whole-house humidifier maintenance or other HVAC issues, contact the experts at Wolff Mechanical. We’ve proudly served the Phoenix area since 1990.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).