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Old 02-19-2014, 05:33 PM   #1
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Ok, so this is the second time my humidifier water line broke. This is the line coming off of the copper pipe. It's tapped in with a saddle valve and then the cheap tubing leads to the water inlet on the humidifier.
Question: is there a braided or more substantial type of tubing I can get/use to replace the cheap standard stuff plastic tubing?
This sucks cleaning up behind the water heater, under the washer etc.
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Old 02-19-2014, 05:35 PM   #2
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yeah, 1/4" copper tubing. HDepot may have it.

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#1 In most places saddle valves do not even meet code. They plug up and leak.
Replace with a real 1/4 turn valve with a 3/8 compression fitting.
And yes a braded pipe would be much better.
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1/4 copper? Is that flexible?
A 1/4 turn valve- does that involve soldering?
What's the easiest? For now

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Saddle valves are OK just a pain if they leak around the stem. They use flexible copper for hooking up dishwashers and HDepot may have it or any plumbing supply store.
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Copper line is the only way to go. I dont like plastic tubing, whether it be used on humidifiers, or ice makers, or whatever else.
If you live in a region that uses evaporative cooling, you can get a 50 foot roll of 1/4" copper in the cooler section at any big box store and it's usually cheaper than buying it in the plumbing section.
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I ended up going with 2-12" braided tubing with a brass connector-I needed 2' and the only other one available was 4' long. But it doesn't sound like it is coming on? I remember before,that it sounded like the humidifier would come on with the heater, but now I hear nothing?

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Turn your humidistat to max high and then turn up the thermostat. When the furnace turns on you should hear the solenoid click. Hopefully the water runs. If it does, the humidistat was just satisfied and it didn't need to run.
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I ended up going with 2-12" braided tubing with a brass connector-I needed 2' and the only other one available was 4' long. But it doesn't sound like it is coming on? I remember before,that it sounded like the humidifier would come on with the heater, but now I hear nothing?

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I would have used 1/4" copper with a new valve but there's more ways than one to accomplish what you want.
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Yep. A Sharkbite T fitting, and a 1/4 Turn Ball valve for the Humidifier, along with the Copper or PVC Flex line, would work better, then the Saddle Valve.

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