Your whole-house Humidifier may be used to prevent damage to hardwood flooring, musical instruments or any other home products made of wood. It will also provide more comfort with energy savings and prevent health issues when the air is drier in the winter months. Regardless of your reason for having one, maintaining a whole-house humidifier is a necessary step, especially if you want to continue reaping the proven benefits and ensure a good return on investment.
The moisture that is added also helps alleviate common nuisances brought on by winter heating, such as static electricity and relief to the physical discomforts of dry nose, throat, lips, and skin.
A flow thru Humidifier has few moving parts, but because it operates with water running through it, one of the most significant and common problems many homeowners experience when using a whole-house humidifier is sediment buildup. However, if you take good care of the system through regular professional maintenance with your Tradesman service technician, you can largely avoid sediment problems, and ensure your system runs smoothly and lasts a long time.
Although Steam and Drum type humidifier require similar maintenance procedures, the following will relate more specifically to Flow-thru type since they are now the most common. Typically there are four primary tasks a technician will perform during a maintenance appointment:
• Changing the panel – The water panel, also called the evaporator pad, is usually made from aluminum mesh and ceramic, substances ideal for absorbing water. Over time, minerals and scale formations build up on the panel, clogging the openings and preventing water from flowing through it. Most manufacturers will state a specific life span for water panels, but they are typically expected to last, at the most, one year. Some require replacement twice a year. In general the time frame will depend on the quality of your water and how often you use the humidifier.
• Cleaning the orifice – A device that meters water into the distribution tray, the orifice is subject to significant sediment buildup. Regular cleanings help the device ensure the proper flow of water.
• Leveling the unit – The unit must be perfectly level for the system to evenly distribute water through the distribution tray. If it’s not level, the humidifier’s capacity will decrease.
• Confirm system operation – The humidistat and water valve are electrical components that may develop wear over time. A weak solenoid or corrosion within the valve may allow water to bypass unnecessarily and create higher water consumption.