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Is Your Furnace's Humidifier Working Properly?

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Do you have a whole home humidifier installed on your furnace? Are you uncertain about whether it is working properly? If so, you'll need to know the following tips to verify that you have the proper humidity in your home. 

Look For Static Electricity

There are some signs that your humidifier is not working properly, which can be identified without even looking at the humidifier. If you've noticed that you are producing more static electricity in your home and you are creating a small shock when you touch another person or something made of metal, this is a sign that your home has low humidity levels. 

Verify The Humidity Level

New thermostats have the ability to measure the humidity in the air, which can help verify if your humidifier is working. Check to see what percentage of humidity the humidifier should be generating, which is measured in a percentage. Then verify that humidity level on the thermostat. If it is the same, then you know that the humidifier is working properly. If humidity levels are much lower, then you know that there is a problem with the humidifier. 

Look For Flowing Water

When it comes to inspecting the humidifier itself, you'll want to start by looking at the tube where the water flows out of the device. Do you actively see water flowing out of it, or is there not water flow at all? The latter issue indicates that there is a problem with the water going into the dehumidifier, which is a crucial part of adding humidity to the air. Investigate the line that controls the water going into the humidifier to see if there is a problem. 

Check The Water Panel

If water is flowing out of the humidifier, then you need to open up the unit and check the water panel. This is a part that actually needs to be swapped out with a new one from time to time to ensure that water gets into the air. If the water panel is old and deteriorated, it's possible that water is flowing in and out of the humidifier, but it is not actually sticking to the water panel where the air can flow over it. Try swapping out the panel with a new one and see if that fixes the problem.

Reach out to an HVAC contractor if you need help repairing a humidifier that is not working correctly or if you have any other issues that require furnace repair.