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Old 06-06-2020, 12:19 PM   #1
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I have a HONEYWELL Humidifier [HM506W1005] attached on my Furnace from the previous homeowner for quite many years.

I just don't know how it works, and even doubt it never work? because I feels dry some time.

How to find out if its working or not?

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I found a picture as link:

https://www.alpinehomeair.com/viewpr...ions_brochures
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If you don't already have one, get a hygrometer... a cheap one from a big box store will do... pick one that is registering like all the rest.

After having it in your house for a day, if it registers 35% or above, you're in good healthy air. Generally the only time you'll need a humidifier is when you're in the heating season.

Pair of digital thermometer/hygrometers

Download the owners manual from that site you linked and you can find out all you need to know about it.
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I have a HONEYWELL Humidifier [HM506W1005] attached on my Furnace from the previous homeowner for quite many years.

I just don't know how it works, and even doubt it never work? because I feels dry some time.

How to find out if its working or not?

Thanks
Adam

I found a picture as link:

https://www.alpinehomeair.com/viewpr...ions_brochures





That's a pretty fancy one. Is it plugged in and are there any lights lit up? Do you know if it's hooked up to your thermostat or if it has a separate humidistat to control it? Have you read the owners manual? Here is a link to the owners manual...
https://www.alpinehomeair.com/relate...al%2009.09.pdf
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That's a steam unit.

Burns up large amounts of electricity to directly boil water.

Instructions should have info on maintenance.
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It is a True Steam and they are obsolete. Had HUGE problems with the steam electrodes getting coated with scale and other problems causing to to malfunction.

Best to replace it with a bypass humidifier.

You can get a tech to check it but they are VERY expensive to repair and most techs hate them.
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The high electric use alone is a good reason to get rid of it.
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They have their place in the biz. For high capacity larger homes flow thru's won't keep up or do the job well.

For LARGE houses with fine furniture and pianos and hardwood floors that must have lots of humidity a steam unit works very well. Usually those people are rich and can afford the elec use in my experience.

For Joe Six pack and a bungalow/rancher a flow thru is the best IMO.
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That's a pretty fancy one. Is it plugged in and are there any lights lit up? Do you know if it's hooked up to your thermostat or if it has a separate humidistat to control it? Have you read the owners manual? Here is a link to the owners manual...
https://www.alpinehomeair.com/relate...al%2009.09.pdf
Thanks, it's the one.
1. it is plugged in and there are 3 lights on, first greeb, sixth yellowy, and the fourth red that is flashing need service.
2. I saw two wires goes to a humidistat nearby which set to 65%?
and two wires goes to inside the furnace, also one black cable goes into furnace.

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They are complicated and hard to maintain and service.

Here is a manual you can try follow:

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/59...am.html#manual
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