Aprilaire 60 Operating instructions

Automatic Digital
and Manual
Humidifier Control
Models 60, 62 & 4655
Operating
Instructions
INSTALLER:
Please leave this Operation Manual with the homeowner.
YOUR HUMIDIFIER
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Your humidifier is controlled by either an Automatic Digital
Humidifier Control, or a Manual Humidifier Control.
The Automatic Digital Humidifier Control offers two modes of
operation, Automatic or Manual. When in the Automatic Mode,
this system offers the following benefits:
• You will receive the optimum amount of humidity so that
your home and its furnishings are protected from the
damaging effects of excess condensation or low
humidity during the heating season. The Control
automatically adjusts your home’s RH based on the outdoor
temperature, increasing the time maximum comfort is
maintained
• Simple operation with few adjustments. The Control
eliminates the need to manually adjust the control when
outdoor temperature changes. It also eliminates the need to turn
the dial setting to “OFF” during the summer season.
Blower Activation
Set the Blower Activation Switch to “ON” to allow the Humidifier
Control to activate the furnace fan for additional humidification.
Refer to TABLE 3 – Operation Guide. This may be required if
the humidifier is mounted on a heat pump or a furnace with short
run cycles. The humidifier should be plumbed to hot water when
using the Blower Activation feature.
When the Blower Activation switch is “ON”, the Humidifier
Control will turn on the HVAC blower when humidity is required.
In the “OFF” position, the humidifier will only operate if humidity
is required and the HVAC system is operating.
When the Blower Activation switch is “ON”, the Humidifier
Control will periodically turn the HVAC blower on for 3 minutes
to sample the RH of the air.
Automatic Digital Humidifier Control
Digital Humidifier Control Indicator Lights
Call Dealer for Service: The red light indicates that the
humidifier is not operating normally and that service is required.
Change Water Panel: The yellow light indicates that it is time
to change the Water Panel in the humidifier. (Model 60 only. The
Model 62 is used for steam applications that do not require this
feature.)
Humidifier On: The green light indicates that the humidifier is
operating normally.
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Your Automatic Digital Humidifier Control works in conjunction
with your heating, ventilating, air conditioning equipment (HVAC)
to control the operation of the humidifier. The control senses
indoor humidity and outdoor temperature and automatically
adjusts the operation of the humidifier to provide the optimum
humidity level in the home.
The digital readout on the automatic control displays the humidity
level inside the cold air return duct. This reading will accurately
indicate the humidity in the living space when the HVAC blower is
operating.
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AUTOMATIC MODE (Manual Mode – see page 5)
MANUAL MODE (Automatic Mode – see page 4)
Figure B – Manual Mode
Figure A – Automatic Mode
90-1235B
Your Aprilaire Humidifier Control is installed in the cold air return
duct. During the first heating season, your Humidifier Control
needs to be set initially to match your home’s condition. Please
follow these steps when adjusting your control (refer to Figure A).
1. Turn the dial setting knob to “5”, which is within the normal
range. During the next 24-48 hours it may be necessary to
adjust the dial for more or less humidity, depending on your
personal comfort and home’s requirements. Refer to TABLE 3 –
Operation Guide.
90-1236B
When installed in the Manual Mode (see Figure B – internal
switch in “MAN” position and “M” in the display), it is important
to anticipate a drop in outdoor temperature and reduce the
setting accordingly to avoid excessive condensation. For
example, with an outdoor temperature of 20°F the correct setting
will be 35%. If the temperature is expected to fall to 0°F, then
merely reduce the setting to 25% several hours prior to the
temperature change.
2. During the coldest portion of the first heating season, minor
adjustments may be necessary. This is dependent upon your
home’s construction. Refer to TABLE 3 – Operation Guide.
The humidity in your home will now be accurately controlled to
meet your needs and should not need further adjustment during
future heating seasons. Make note of the dial setting in the event
you temporarily move the knob to “OFF” when performing annual
maintenance of your Aprilaire humidifier.
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See Table 1 for the recommended settings. These settings,
which are based on years of research, represent a compromise
between humidity levels that would be most desirable for
comfort and humidity levels that are suitable for protection of
your home and to avoid condensation on your windows. For
example, a wintertime indoor humidity of 50% may be
considered ideal for comfort, but unfortunately, it probably would
result in condensation, which can cause damage to your home.
Observing the recommended humidity levels on your Humidifier
Control is an important safeguard. Condensation of water on the
inside surface of windows in the form of fogging or frost is
usually an indication of too much humidity. This same
condensation can occur in other areas in your home, possibly
resulting in damage.
TABLE 1 – Outdoor Temperature / Indoor Relative Humidity
Outside Temperature
Recommended RH
+40°F
45%
+30°F
40%
+20°F
35%
+10°F
30%
0°F
25%
-10°F
20%
-20°F
15%
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WATER PANEL CHANGE INDICATOR (MODEL 60 ONLY)
The control keeps track of humidifier operation time. The yellow
“Change Water Panel” light flashes after a preset amount of
running time has elapsed. This running time is preset by the
installer based on the humidifier model and water hardness.
Refer to the Annual Maintenance section for instructions on
changing the Water Panel or call your heating and air
conditioning dealer for service. After the Water Panel is
replaced, turn the Control knob to the “Test/Reset” position until
the green “Humidifier ON” light flashes, to reset the Water Panel
change timer.
TEST/RESET
The Test/Reset feature allows the humidifier operation to be
checked even if there is no call for humidity. See “Check the
Humidifier Operation” on page 11.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
TABLE 3 – Operation Guide
Your humidifier is a precision system that will accurately
maintain the humidity in your home. For every 2°F change in
outdoor temperature, the Digital Humidifier Control will
automatically adjust the indoor RH by 1%.
The Digital Humidifier Control will accurately control the
humidity in your home to a maximum of 45%.
The humidity values in Table 2 are targets based on outdoor
temperature and the Digital Humidifier Control setting. The
actual humidity may vary due to conditions in the home (cooking,
showering, etc.).
TABLE 2 – % Relative Humidity Guide
Outdoor Temperature (°F)
10°F 20°F 30°F 40°F
1
10% 10% 10% 15% 20% 25%
2
10% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30%
3
10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35%
4
15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40%
5
20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45%
6
25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 45%
7
30% 35% 40% 45% 45% 45%
Relative Humidity (%)
Dial Setting
-10°F 0°F
Condition
Solution
Condensation on windows.
Reduce the setting on the control dial
by 1 increment.
Lack of humidity.
Increase the setting on the control dial
by 1 increment. If the Humidifier Control
is already at the maximum setting of “7”,
set the Blower Activation Switch to
“ON”. The humidifier should be plumbed
to hot water when using the Blower
Activation feature.
Humidifier does not operate. Turn dial to “Test/Reset”. Make certain
HVAC blower is operating. If unit still
does not operate, consult a heating
contractor.
Humidifier won’t shut off.
Turn dial to “Off”. If unit continues to
operate, consult a heating contractor.
Test mode.
System operation is checked by setting
the knob to “Test/Reset”. Make certain
HVAC blower is operating. Humidifier
will operate for one minute. NOTE:
Placing the knob in “Test/Reset” resets
the Water Panel change timer.
Red “Call Dealer for Service” Note the error code on the display (E1,
light flashes (Figure A).
E2, E3 or E4) and call your heating and
air conditioning dealer.
Model 60 only:
Yellow “Change Water
Panel” light flashes
(Figure A).
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Refer to the Humidifier Owner’s
manual for instructions on changing
the Water Panel or call your heating
and air conditioning dealer for service.
After the Water Panel is replaced, turn
the Control knob to the “Test/Reset”
position until the green “Humidifier
On” light flashes, to reset the Water
Panel change timer.
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Manual Humidifier Control
Check the Humidifier Operation
DIGITAL HUMIDIFIER CONTROL
Figure C – Manual Humidifier Control
Set the knob to “Test/Reset”, make sure that the water saddle
valve is open and that there is electricity to the humidifier. The
HVAC fan must be running for the humidifier to function. NOTE:
Turning the knob to “Test/Reset” resets the “Change Water
Panel” timer. The humidifier will only operate for 1 minute in test
mode. (Model 400 and 400M: Floats must be down for the
solenoid valve to allow water flow.) Reduce the Humidifier
Control setting to the recommended inside humidity, depending
on the outside temperature. DO NOT LEAVE IN TEST MODE
AS HUMIDIFIER WILL NOT OPERATE.
MANUAL HUMIDIFIER CONTROL
90-1237
Your Aprilaire humidifier is controlled by a Manual Humidifier
Control (see Figure C). The Manual Humidifier Control is
installed either in the cold air return duct or on an interior wall of
the home. With the Manual Humidifier Control, it is important to
anticipate a drop in outdoor temperature and reduce the setting
accordingly to avoid excessive condensation, just as with the
Digital Humidifier Control installed in Manual Mode (see page 5).
To determine the indoor RH, slowly turn the knob clockwise and
counterclockwise and listen for 2 clicks. The indoor RH is within
the range of the 2 clicks.
Set the knob to the highest setting, make sure that the water
saddle valve is open and that there is electricity to the humidifier.
The HVAC system must be operating for the humidifier to
function. Confirm that the solenoid valve is energized and water is
flowing into the humidifier. Return control knob to desired setting.
Annual Summer Shutdown
Digital Humidifier Control in Automatic Mode (see Figure A)
and Blower Activation switch is in the ”OFF” position:
No adjustment is necessary.
Digital Humidifier Control in Automatic Mode (see Figure A)
and Blower Activation switch is in the ”ON” position:
Set the knob to the “OFF” position.
Digital Humidifier Control in Manual Mode (see Figure B):
Set the knob to the “OFF” position.
Manual Humidifier Control (see Figure C):
Set the knob to the “OFF” position.
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