I have this new house with a Kenmore "Central Humidifier" mounted on the
side of the furnace. There's an on/off switch and a water line that tees in
to another water line with a valve. What do I do? Turn on the valve, then
turn on the on/off? There are no instructions and I'm afraid if I do
something in the wrong order, I'll either break it or have a mess. Thanks,
we could really use this thing if it works.
Turn the small water valve on. Turn the humidifier ON. Find the
humidistat, it may look similar to your house-hold thermostat. It's often a
small controller box, possibly next to your thermostat or mounted near the
humidifier / furnace. This controls when the humidifier will run based on
the amount of humidity in the air. You might also open the access panel to
make sure the water is getting into the humidifier. Most have a drum wheel
covered with foam that rotates in a pan of water. Some others spray a fine
mist of water. Open the panel and figure it out.
And the installers don't always bother installing a humidistat. The one in my
home is wired so the little motor turning the foam wheel runs any time the
forced air blower is running. It's apparently small enough in capacity so that
it never overhumidifies the place during the heating season, but it's better
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
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