When cold winter weather rolls in, your home’s heating system kicks into overdrive to keep you and your family warm. At the same time, your heating system can easily turn your home into a dry desert. Installing a whole-house humidifier can help you control humidity levels in your home while also helping you save money on energy costs. In order to get the most out of your humidifier, you need to ensure that it is running in tip top shape. The following maintenance tasks should be performed each year, either by you or an HVAC professional.
Clean the system’s pump and fan
The DIY Network suggests cleaning the blades of your humidifier’s fan. This will give you a chance to get rid of any dust or debris that may have collected throughout the year. The fan’s intake vent should receive a good cleaning as well.
For systems that make use of a pump, pouring a cup of vinegar solution (1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup white vinegar) into the system will help to clear out the drain and ensure that the system is pumping properly.
Clean the media panel
Cleaning your humidifier’s media panel is essential if you are looking to prolong the life of your system. Before you get started, make sure that your humidifier’s power is off. When you remove the media panel, you may notice that mineral deposits, debris, dust and sediment have built up throughout the year. Over time, that buildup can rust and corrode the unit. This is why it is essential to clean the panel each year. It may not be a pretty sight, but all of that grime can be removed with just a little elbow grease. As a reward for all of your hard work, your system will work more efficiently and reduce energy consumption. Who doesn’t like to save a little money?
Inspect the drain line
Check the drain line each year to make sure it is free from blockages and clean. Much like the media panel, mineral deposits can buildup in the drain line. Algae can also be a problem for some homeowners and should be removed as well.
Inspect the solenoid valve
Take a look at your unit’s solenoid valve to ensure that water is flowing properly. Check for signs of wear. If necessary, replace the valve.
Clean the orifice metering device
This particular component of the system is responsible for regulating water flow into the unit’s distribution tray. Much like the drain line and the media panel, the orifice metering device is also vulnerable to mineral deposits and sediment buildup. Remove the device and clean it well.
Whole-house humidifiers are a great way to ensure that your home is comfortable and warm during the winter, but it is important to turn off your system once warmer weather arrives. Spring is also the perfect time to perform the maintenance tasks listed above and allow you to enjoy your humidifier for many years to come.
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