Why You Need to Change Your Humidifier’s Water Panel
Humidifiers help balance relative indoor humidity, and are often used during cold seasons when the air is relatively dry. Similar to HVAC system air filters, humidifiers have water panels that need to be changed periodically. In this blog, Allison Air Conditioning shares an in-depth look at why you need to.
What Are Humidifier Water Panels?
Water panels are brackets that hold material or “media” and positions it in front of a forced-air blower. This material is saturated by water that’s slowly fed into it using a controlled dripping system. When in use, air is blown through the panel to produce moist air. Over time, the media in the water panel can become impurities in the water, such as minerals—the same kind that causes water spots and limescale.
Why You Need to Change the Water Panels
Humidifier water panels are designed to be user-replaceable, and typically require replacement once a year. This can change depending on certain factors such as the mineral levels in the water. High mineral levels can clog the media in water panels quicker. Air conditioning service companies like us recommend that you perform inspections regularly during periods of continuous use.
Mineral deposits in the water panel are easily recognizable, and you should be able to determine when you’ll need to replace the panel. Like HVAC air filters, you can easily buy replacements. You should make sure that you’re buying the right size to avoid leaks and operational problems. Clogged water panels can also block airflow in your HVAC system, which could raise its energy consumption.
How to Replace the Water Panel
The replacement process is straightforward. After turning off the humidifier, locate the front panel and open it. You should immediately see the water panel enclosure, and the latches or tabs that let you remove it easily. If it doesn’t immediately come off, consult the user guide; don’t force it. Install the replacement water panel and reverse the steps to put the humidifier back.
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