Why Isn't My Home Humidifier Working?

Having a humidifier in your home is a great asset. It maintains a proper relative humidity in your home which is important for your health, among other things. Moist air also holds heat better, meaning that your humidifier can help you out on your heating bill, too! Like anything, humidifiers can break down. Luckily, humidifiers are pretty simple appliances with only a few parts. In this article, we name the parts most likely to break down and whether you should switch out a single part or have the entire unit replaced.

The principal parts of a humidifier are the water panel, the solenoid valve, the fan, and the fan motor which is attached to the control board. In short, when the humidifier is engaged, the solenoid valve opens to allow water to flow through the water panel. The fan the vaporizes the water on the panel and sends it through the furnace’s ventilation system.

When a humidifier stops working, it means one of these parts has failed. A technician will be able to diagnose which and recommend what to do next. Generally, if the unit is more than 20 years old, you are better off replacing the whole unit. Owens can get a replacement part installed quickly and easily. It’s important not the underestimate the value of having a well-functioning humidifier in your home, especially during the winter months!