A whole-home humidifier is a necessary add-on component for anyone living in a dry climate—especially during the winter months. Too little moisture in the air can cause dry skin, frequent “shocks” and static cling, and respiratory problems. It can also take a toll on your home; dry air is not good for antique furniture, houseplants or wood floors. However, if you already have a whole-home humidifier and you’re still experiencing discomfort, your system may not be working properly.

What to do when your whole house humidifier is not working

Repairs should always be left to professionals, but there are a few things you can do at home to troubleshoot possible problems with your humidifier. If your whole house humidifier is not working as well as it should be, follow these easy steps:

  • Turn off the power and water supply.
  • Loosen the nuts or remove clips on the cover, then remove.
  • Remove drum and check the foam pad for mineral build up from the water being used in your humidifier. If the pad feels hard, either clean or replace the pad.
  • Turn on the water supply again.
  • Allow the reservoir to fill and then reassemble the cover.
  • Turn power supply back on.

After you have performed this maintenance, wait about one hour,check the water supply again and adjust accordingly.

Professional maintenance for furnace humidifier problems

If you regularly check up and clean your humidifier and are still experiencing dryness—or too much humidity—in your home, you may have a furnace humidifier problem that should be handled by a professional. An American Standard Customer Care dealer can come to your home to see what may be wrong with your humidifier, suggest solutions and repair any problem your HVAC system may have.