A Quick Guide to Cleaning Whole-House Humidifiers


Humidity levels in your home affect your overall comfort indoors, so it’s crucial to get them right. Fortunately, humidifiers can help you with that. In turn, caring for your humidifier can help ensure that humidity levels in your home are always where they need to be. So how exactly do you care for whole-house humidifiers? You start by cleaning them the proper way. Here are the steps you can follow to do this, according to heating and air conditioner repair expert Dependable Heating & Air Conditioning:

  1. Switch the power off – To ensure your safety, make sure your humidifier is turned off and unplugged before you start taking apart and cleaning anything.

  1. Clean the water reservoir – Take out your humidifier’s water reservoir and throw out any water left in it. Refill it about two-thirds of the way up and add a few drops of chlorine bleach to kill off any microbes in the water. This humidifier and air conditioning maintenance step will also take care of any limescale buildup present.

  1. Clean the water panel – Made up of a water pad, evaporator pad and filter, the water panel can be soaked in cold water. This will loosen any dirt present, making it easier to wipe it off. Water panels should be replaced at least once every year.

  1. Clean the outer body – Mineral deposits may build up on the unit, but you can keep them at bay by regularly cleaning the outside of your humidifier. Use a soft cloth dipped in warm water or a diluted vinegar solution to do this. For hard-to-remove buildup, first cover the deposits briefly with the wet cloth to loosen it up.

  1. Put everything back together – With the individual components clean, it’s time to put your humidifier back together. Make sure all parts are tightly installed to prevent leaks.

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