About Damien

Damien McCusker, Manager of Arpi's residential service division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 16 years and has hands-on experience in new home installations, furnace and air conditioner replacements, sales and residential service. He spends most of his spare time being an UBER driver, driving his kids to soccer practice and games.

Is It Time To Schedule Humidifier Maintenance? Here's What A Pro Will Do

Phil Laprairie

Is It Time To Schedule Humidifier Maintenance? Here's What A Pro Will DoScheduling humidifier maintenance every year ensures maximum return on investment, as well as optimal home comfort. Keeping your humidifier in good operating condition helps to promote proper relative humidity in the home, and it will reduce energy costs too, allowing you to decrease the thermostat setting.

Don’t compromise your investment in home comfort by failing to have an expert perform the following humidifier maintenance tasks:

  • Water panel – Akin to the furnace filter’s function, the humidifier’s water panel capture impurities in the water before they can be released into the home, along with water vapor. Over time, large amounts of scale and sediment can block the water panel, reducing the system’s output and decreasing efficiency.
  • Orifice – A component that meters the flow of water, the orifice is also susceptible to sediment and scale buildup. Therefore, the technician will thoroughly clean the orifice, ensuring optimal system capacity and efficiency.
  • Drainage – Blockages or kinks in the drain lines can lead to flooding and water damage to the home. The technician should inspect the condition of the drain, and ensure that the line runs straight and smooth. On occasion, the drain may require replacement.
  • Solenoid valve – Problems with the solenoid valve also lead to a leaky system. If buildup or dirt lodges in the valve, it won’t close completely. The technician will flush out the valve with water at a low pressure; however, damaged solenoid valves should be replaced.
  • Pressure – Correct operating pressure is a must, and the technician will check that operating pressures are not too high, which can lead to leaks, or too low, which can lead to poor system performance.
  • Conditioning – Because of the humidifier's need to drain water, the reservoir is prone to the buildup of bacteria and even mold. To avoid this problem, the technician may employ water-conditioning tablets to ward off bacteria and mold problems.

During humidifier maintenance, an expert from Arpi's Industries will perform these tasks and more. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We've served greater Calgary homeowners since 1963 with quality heating and cooling solutions, and indoor air quality equipment.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about humidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

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