It is universally accepted that proper humidity levels make for a more comfortable and healthy indoor environment during the heating season. Yet every winter we run across numerous calls where water-related problems occur from humidifiers.
The water quality in your home will be the determining factor in the amount of attention your humidifier may need. Lake Michigan water is typically the least problematic and private wells are usually the worst. The biggest culprits are the hardness level and the sediment level. Sediment can clog the orifice which will prevent water from entering the humidifier.
Many customers think their unit is on because the humidistat is set to the highest level. But if there is no water coming out of the drain, it isn’t working. Hard water can cause scale build up on the top of the water distribution panel. This can lead to overflowing into the furnace and floor. Together they can clog the main drain line and back up, which will create anything from minor dampness around the furnace to major water damage to the surrounding area.
The crux of the matter is to have regular maintenance on all of the HVAC equipment. Change your humidifier pads as needed as opposed to annually and make sure to inspect the equipment room at least twice a week. By doing this you will avoid any unpleasant surprises. We strongly recommend a Honeywell Wi-Fi Leak Detector. It gives an audible alarm and sends your phone a message when it detects any moisture.
Want us to check your equipment for you? Call us at 815-404-4636 to set up an appointment! If you are having an emergency, we are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your furnace and humidifier repairs.