Humidifier installation

How to Stop a Basement Humidifier from Cycling Too Quickly

A basement dehumidifier is something that is very common in a lot of basements. They are pretty easily maintained, but just as with any other machine, they can run into problems.

One of the most common problems is the fact that it may start cycling too quickly, or in other words, have a short cycle. The steps below will walk you through how to stop your dehumidifier from doing this.

Tools and Materials Needed
  • Dehumidifier
  • Manual
Step 1 - Read

The first thing you will want to do is take out your manual that you got with your dehumidifier. If you don't possess this anymore, most manuals can be found on the manufacturer's website.

Many dehumidifiers can be set to 25 percent of the rated output. However, there are a few that are a bit different, so this is what you will want to make sure of.

Step 2 - Turn Off

After you have read what output it can be set to, turn off your machine. Make sure there is no power going to your dehumidifier before moving on.

Step 3 - Locate and Adjust

Locate the capacity adjuster and move it to your desired cycle time. Remember that some dehumidifiers are different than others. Set the adjuster to the output at which you wish to have it set.

Step 4 - Test it Out

Turn the power back on, and test it out. Watch and keep track of the cycle times the first couple of times. This will ensure that you adjusted it correctly.

How to Remove Rust from an Old Cool Mist Humidifer

It is extremely important to clean the rust out of a cool mist humidifier. If you have never done this before, here are a few tools that you may need, along with some steps that can help to guide you through the process.

Tools and Materials Needed
  • Warm water
  • Humidifier
  • Soft brush
  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap - mild
Step 1 - Take Apart

You have to start out with unplugging the humidifier so that you don't cause any damage to yourself or it while cleaning. Then, take off the top to expose the inside.

Step 2 - Clean It Out

Once the top is off, you can mix warm water with mild dish soap to clean out the inside. You can either use a wash cloth, or if the rust is really bad, you may want to try a bristled brush. Then, fill the basin with vinegar and put the top back on and plug in. You may want to leave the room or open up windows as for the next few minutes you will want to run the humidifier with the vinegar in it. Then, unplug again and clean with mild soap and water. Rinse it out and allow it to dry completely.

Step 3 - Reassemble

Once it has dried, reassemble the humidifier. Use as you normally would.

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