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BillZ 03-06-2013 06:01 PM

There appears to be a humidifier installed on my HVAC system. I've never had one before but it appears to be disconnected/not working. Not even sure what questions to ask or information to share to get this figured out. Can someone give me a basic rundown on how a humidifier works and what info I need to share to get help here?
(Just moved in couple of months ago)

how 03-06-2013 07:08 PM

In my neck of the woods, many humidifers were installed but were never needed. Try turning the controller up and down and when it should point out what your present level of humidity is.
tell us what that is..
And photos would help!

beenthere 03-06-2013 07:12 PM

Brand and model number of your humidifier will allow us to tell you how yours works.

BillZ 03-06-2013 07:28 PM

Will get them tomorrow afternoon. Running night shift.
I appreciate it.

BillZ 03-07-2013 07:19 PM

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My humidifier is a general. Wife thinks they had the water disconnected to it years ago. (Before my time). When I turn the dial I do hear a click like it's coming on, not sure if it's an electrical click or mechanical, but it's not a detent click in the switch.

How do these things work and how can I check it?

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beenthere 03-08-2013 06:21 AM

Thee should be a pad inside it that the water flows over/through and the air from the furnace blows through that pad and absorbs some of the water. Its generally only activated when there is a call for heat and the humidistat is calling for it to run. The pad should be changed every year. You'll also need to reconnect the water line.

ben's plumbing 03-08-2013 04:21 PM

yep there is a pad in there its under the black top where the 2 thumb screws attatch it lifts out ...

how 03-08-2013 05:00 PM

When you turn that humidistat and you feel/hear the click of it engaging and dis engaging, what level of humidity is pointing at.
I mention this in the off handcase you already have more humidity than you need.
32% is adequate unless you have musical wood instruments that require more. This time of year would usually give you some of the driest % indoor weather so if its 30% or higher, you don't need a humidifyer.

BillZ 03-08-2013 05:26 PM

I'll have to check on both of those. I am in Denver, and it's pretty dry up here, with the gas heat it's even worse.

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