Bionaire BCM5521 Humidifier User Manual

Remove Scale:
1. Repeat steps 1-4 above.
2. Clean the base by partially filling the base with one 8-oz
cup of undiluted white vinegar, or use Clean-Away™ by
Bionaire®. Let solution stand 20 minutes, cleaning all
interior surfaces with a soft brush. Dampen a cloth with
undiluted white vinegar and wipe out entire base to
remove scale.
3. Rinse with clean warm water to remove scale and the
white vinegar solution before beginning to disinfect the
1. Fill humidifier base with 1/4 gallon of water and 1/2
teaspoon of chlorine bleach.
2. Fill the reservoir 1/2 full with water and 1/2 teaspoon of
chlorine bleach.
3. Let the solution stand for 20 minutes, swishing every
few minutes. Wet all surfaces.
4. Carefully empty the base and reservoir after 20 minutes,
and rinse with water until you cannot detect any bleach
smell. Dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.
5. Check the Filter Monitor to see if it is time to replace
the filters. Depending on water hardness in your area, it
may be necessary to change the filter every 1-2
months. Re-insert the wick filters into the wick frame.
6. Refill the water tank as directed with cool tap water,
replace the humidifier housing, and turn the unit on.
If your humidifier will not be in use for two days or more,
or at the end of the season follow these instructions.
1. Clean and dry the humidifier thoroughly as per the
“Weekly Maintenance” instructions.
2. Let the humidifier dry completely before storing. Do not
store with water inside the base or water reservoir.
3. Remove the reservoir cap. Do not store with the reservoir
cap in place.
4. Throw away the wick filters. Do not leave wick filters
inside the humidifier.
5. Store in a cool dry location.
6. Order your new filters so they will be ready for next season.
1. Do NOT attempt to repair or adjust any electrical or
mechanical functions on this unit. Doing so will void the
warranty. The inside of the unit contains no user serviceable parts. All servicing should be performed by
qualified personnel only.
2. If you need to exchange the unit, please return it in its
original carton, with a sales receipt, to the store where
you purchased it. If you are returning the unit more than
30 days after the date of purchase, please see the
enclosed warranty.
3. Should your humidifier require service, please call
1-800-253-2764 in North America for further assistance.
4. If you have any other questions or comments, feel free
to write to us or visit our website
303 Nelson Avenue
Neosho, MO 64850
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Troubleshooting for your Cool Mist Humidifier
Probable Cause
• LED not illuminated.
☛ Unit not plugged in.
☛ Power failure.
✔ Plug in unit.
✔ Check circuit breaker or
• Mist output minimal to
☛ Filter has not
absorbed water.
☛ Mineral buildup in base.
✔ Wait 15 minutes before
starting humidifier.
✔ Regular cleaning of tray
after each use will help
keep the unit functioning
✔ Set the humidistat to
✔ Replace your wick filter
(BWF100-P) by calling
1-800-253-2764, or visit
✔ Mist is invisible.
✔ Check to see if inlet or
outlet grills are blocked.
☛ Humidistat is set too low.
☛ Permanent Filter needs
to be replaced.
☛ Normal operation.
• Water leaks from water
☛ Rubber O-ring is missing
or improperly placed.
☛ Reservoir Cap not
tight enough.
✔ Remove reservoir
cap then replace
or reposition ring.
✔ Tighten the
reservoir cap.
☛ Your filter needs
to be cleaned.
✔ Follow filter cleaning
instructions located in
this manual.
☛ In areas with particular
hard water your wick
filter will need to be
changed frequently.
✔ Use Clean-Away™
Solution (DMS216), to
order call 1-800-253-2764,
or visit
• Film on water reservoir.
☛ Mineral deposits cause
film on tank to build up.
✔ Follow filter cleaning
instructions located in
this manual.
• Water cloudy.
☛ Filter needs to
be washed.
☛ Using warm water
to refill reservoir.
✔ Refill using cool water.
✔ Humidity levels in the room where the humidifier is placed.
• Humidistat cycles on/off.
☛ Humidifier is reacting
to room humidity level.
✔ Set the humidistat to a
higher or lower setting.
✔ Movement of occupants and the opening and closing of
doors in the room where the humidifier is placed.
• Very tight reservoir cap.
☛ Over tightened.
✔ Add liquid soap or
petroleum jelly to cap
gasket to ease opening.
• Water Filter turns brown.
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Frequently Asked Questions
• What are the variables that
affect run time?
✔ The estimated run time for this humidifier is based on aver
age room conditions. The actual run time of your humidifier
is dependent on numerous variables such as:
✔ Air exchange in the room where the humidifier is placed.
✔ Room construction of the room where the humidifier is placed.
✔ Temperature of the room where the humidifier is placed.
✔ Home furnishings in the room where the humidifier is placed.
• How do I remove film on
water tank?
✔ See Daily Maintenance instructions. Regular cleaning is
• How can I extend the run
✔ Run your unit on the lowest setting.
✔ If your unit has electronics, set it to your desired humidity
level. The unit will turn on and off, which will extend the run
✔ Fill the tank all the way full, place it on the base, let the
water empty into the base until it stops bubbling, then refill
he tank full again. This ensures maximum water capacity
and will extend run time.
A. This Warranty applies only to the original purchaser of
this product.
B. This Warranty applies ONLY to repair or replacement of
any supplied or manufactured parts of this product that,
upon inspection by JCS/THG, LLC authorized personnel,
is shown to have failed in normal use due to defects in
material or workmanship. JCS/THG, LLC will determine
whether to repair or replace the unit. This Warranty
does not apply to installation expenses.
C. Operating this unit under conditions other than those
recommended or at voltages other than the voltage
indicated on the unit, or attempting to service or modify
the unit, will render this WARRANTY VOID.
D. Unless otherwise proscribed by law, JCS/THG,
LLC shall not be liable for any personal injury,
property or any incidental or consequential damage of any kind resulting from malfunctions,
defects, misuse, improper installation or alteration
of this product.
E. All parts of this product excluding filters, which are
covered under separate warranty, are guaranteed for a
period of 2 years as follows:
1. Within the first 30 days from date of purchase, the
store from which you purchased your product
should replace this product if it is defective in
material or workmanship (provided the store has
in-stock replacement.) If you intend to assert any
claim in connection with the product, please follow
the instructions in paragraph F.
2. Within the first 24 months from date of purchase,
JCS/THG, LLC will repair or replace the product if it
is defective in material or workmanship, subject to
the conditions in paragraph G.
F. If you have any other problem or claim in connection
with this product, please write to our Consumer Service
depends on your following these instructions if you are
returning the unit to JCS/THG, LLC:
1. Carefully pack the item in its original carton or other
suitable box to avoid damage in shipping.
2. Before packing your unit for return, be sure to
a) Your name, full address with zip code and telephone number
b) A dated sales receipt or PROOF OF PURCHASE,
c) Your $12.50 check for return shipping and handling, and
d) The model number of the unit and the problem
you are having. (Enclose in an envelope and tape
directly to the unit before the box is sealed.)
3. JCS/THG, LLC recommends you ship the package
U.P.S. ground service for tracking purposes.
4. All shipping charges must be prepaid by you.
5. Mark the outside of your package:
303 Nelson Avenue
Neosho, MO 64850
This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may
have other rights which vary from state to state. The
provisions of this Warranty are in addition to, and not a
modification of, or subtraction from, the statutory
warranties and other rights and remedies contained in any
applicable legislation. To the extent that any provision of
this Warranty is inconsistent with any applicable law, such
provision shall be deemed voided or amended, as
necessary, to comply with such law.
Humidifier with
Permanent Filter
Filter: BWF100-P
Read instructions before operating.
Retain for future reference.
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Bionaire®, the Bionaire logo®, FilterCleanTM and Clean-AwayTM
are trademarks of JCS/THG, LLC.
Printed in China
Instruction Leaflet
If after having read this leaflet, you have any
questions or comments on your air humidifier,
call 1-800-253-2764 in North America.
having one blade wider than the
other). This plug will fit into the
power outlet only one way. If the
plug does not fit fully into the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does
not fit, contact qualified personnel to install the proper outlet.
To take advantage of the Digital Humidistat, press the
MODE button until the speed is set in either the Auto
HIGH (A3), Auto MEDIUM (A2) or Auto LOW (A1) setting.
Then adjust the set humidity by using the up and down
buttons. Humidity will increase in increments of 5%.
When the humidity level is set, the display will return to
show the current room humidity. When the room humidity
level rises above the set humidity, the humidifier will stop.
When the humidity level drops below the set humidity, the
humidifier will turn on automatically.
NOTE: Allow up to 30 minutes for the filter to fully absorb
water and for the unit to produce moisture.
NOTE: The Digital Humidistat Humidifier has memory.
This means that when you turn the unit back on, it will be
at the last setting the humidifier was set at.
If you do not plan to use the humidifier for two or more days,
make sure any residual water is drained from the water reservoir, base and wick filters to prevent algae or bacteria growth.
1. Be sure the humidifier is switched off and disconnected
from the electrical outlet.
2. Select a location for your humidifier, on a flat surface,
about 4" away from the wall. Do not place your humidifier
on furniture, a floor location that will not be damaged
by moisture is best.
3. Remove the water reservoir, by holding the reservoir
handle and lifting straight upwards.
1. Twist off the water reservoir cap located on the bottom
of the water reservoir by turning counter clockwise and
fill the water reservoir with cool fresh water. Do not fill
with warm water as this may cause leaking.
2. After filling the water reservoir, replace the water reservoir
cap by firmly turning clockwise and then replace the
water reservoir onto the base. The water reservoir will
immediately begin to empty into the base.
Your humidifier is equipped with
a technologically advanced
Digital Humidistat. You can set
the humidifier to run continuously
in manual mode or set the Digital
Humidistat to your desired humidity
setting. The Digital Humidistat
will automatically turn the humidifier ON or OFF, depending on the
preset comfort level. The comfort level ranges from 30% and
65% relative humidity.
Fig 1
Control Panel
Filter Monitor
Reservoir Handle
Wick Holder
By setting your humidifier to a specific humidity level, you
are actually also extending the run time. Since the unit
will turn on and off to maintain the set humidity level, less
water will be used, so you will need to fill the unit less
than you would on manual setting.
The Digital Humidistat allows the user to program the
humidifier to come on at a preset time, or turn off after a
set amount of time.
Setting the Off Timer:
1. Select the Mode and or humidity you wish the humidifier to run in.
2. While the humidifier is running, press and hold the up
and down buttons simultaneously for 2 seconds. The
display will flash “00”.
3. By pressing the up and down buttons, program the
humidifier to turn off up to 16 hours later in increments
of 1 hour.
Through normal use, waterborne minerals and sediment
become trapped in the Permanent
Fig. 3
Filter. The harder your water, the
greater amount of minerals in the
water, and the more often you will
need to wash your Permanent Filter.
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Using the FilterCleanTM filter monitor
located on the top grill, you will be
able to check the life of the
Permanent Filter in your humidifier.
When the unit is turned off the
FilterCleanTM needle will read “Off”. When the unit is turned
on, the Filter Monitor needle will need 60 minutes to read the
current filter condition. After the needle reads Wash Filter for
60 minutes, Permanent filter washing is recommended.
Regular filter washing is necessary to ensure optimal humidifier
Removing the Permanent Filter for Cleaning, Follow
these Instructions:
1. Turn the unit off and disconnect from the electrical outlet.
2. The water tray should be cleaned when you clean the
filter. The water tray is a convenient way to carry the filter to prevent dripping.
3. Mix 1 gallon warm tap water with 1 teaspoon concentrated antibacterial liquid dish washing soap.
4. Fully submerge filter in soap solution for 15-20 minutes.
5. Dunk filter in soap solution several times then gently
press to release the soapy water. Be sure not to wring,
pull or scrub filter as this will degrade the filter.
6. Run under cool tap water until there is no soap remaining. Some discoloration may still be visible, this is normal and does not affect performance.
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Your Bionaire® Cool Moisture humidifier draws dry air through
the rear air intake grill area. This air is then passed through 4
moisture–laden wick filters which retains the minerals and
deposits. The resulting moist air is directed back into the
room from the top air grill.
☛ Tip: This humidification system provides a cool, invisible
moisture output. It is normal not to see the mist.
4. After setting the timer, the disFig 2
play will return to show the curA
rent room temperature. The
Timer light will illuminate to show
that the timer is activated.
5. After the predetermined length of
time has passed, the humidifier
will automatically shut off.
Setting the On Timer:
1. While the humidifier is off, press
and hold the up and down but- A. Control Panel C. UP/DOWN Buttons
B. Mode/Off Button D. Timer Light LED Display
tons simultaneously for 2 seconds.
2. By pressing the up and down buttons, program the
humidifier to turn on up to 16 hours in advance in
increments of 1 hour.
3. The humidifier will continue to run on Auto Mode (HI) at
45% for 2 hours of runtime.
When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions
should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric
shock, and injury to persons, including the following:
1. Read all instructions before using the appliance.
2. To avoid fire or shock hazard, plug the appliance directly
into a 120V AC electrical outlet.
3. Keep the cord out of heavy traffic areas. To avoid fire hazard, NEVER put the cord under rugs or near heat registers.
4. DO NOT place humidifier near heat sources such as
stoves, radiators, and heaters. DO locate your humidifier
on an inside wall near an electrical outlet. The humidifier
should be at least 4” away from the wall for best results.
5. NEVER place humidifier in an area where it is accessible
to children. NEVER use humidifier in a closed room,
particularly where a child may be sleeping, resting, or
playing (a closed room may result in excessive humidity).
6. WARNING: Do not attempt to refill humidifier without first
unplugging the unit from its electrical outlet. Failure to
heed this warning may cause personal injury. Be sure to
unplug the unit by pulling on the plug and not the cord.
7. Never place anything over moisture outlet when the
unit is running.
8. NEVER drop or insert any object into any openings. DO
NOT place hands, face or body directly over or near
Moisture Outlet while unit is in operation. DO NOT
cover Moisture Outlet while the unit is operating.
9. DO NOT operate any appliance with a damaged cord
or plug, after the appliance malfunctions, or if it has
been dropped or damaged in any manner. Return
appliance to manufacturer for examination, electrical or
mechanical adjustment, or repair.
10.Use appliance only for intended household use as
described in this manual. Any other use not recommended by the manufacturer may cause fire, electric
shock, or injury to persons. The use of attachments not
recommended or sold the manufacturer may cause
11.DO NOT use outdoors.
12.Always place humidifier on a firm, flat, level surface. A
waterproof mat or pad is recommended for use under
the humidifier. NEVER place it on a rug or carpet, or on
a finished floor that may be damaged by exposure to
water or moisture.
13.DO NOT allow the Moisture Outlet to directly face the wall.
Moisture could cause damage, particularly to wall paper.
1. Plug the humidifier into a 120V AC electrical outlet.
2. The display will show the current room humidity.
3. To start the unit, push the MODE button once for the
HIGH (3) manual setting.
4. Press the button again for the MEDIUM (2) manual setting and again for LOW (1). After the selection is made,
the display will return to show the current room humidity.
5. To stop the unit, press and hold the button for two seconds,
or keep pressing the button until the display reads OF.
The length of cord used on this appliance was selected to
reduce the hazards of becoming tangled in, or tripping over a
longer cord. If a longer cord is necessary an approved extension cord may be used. The electrical rating of the extension
cord must be equal to or greater than the rating of the
humidifier. Care must be taken to arrange the extension cord
so that it will not drape over the countertop or tabletop where
it can be pulled on by children or accidentally tripped over.
14.Humidifier should be unplugged when not in use.
15.NEVER tilt, move, or attempt to empty unit while it is
operating. Shut off and unplug before removing the
water tank and moving the unit. If you have a warm
mist humidifier, DO NOT attempt to remove the water
tank within 15 minutes after the humidifier is turned off
and unplugged. Serious injury may result.
16.This humidifier requires daily and weekly maintenance to
operate appropriately. Refer to daily and weekly cleaning
procedures. Use only cleaners and additives recommended by the manufacturer. Never use gasoline, glass
cleaner, furniture polish, paint thinner, or other household
solvents to clean any part of the humidifier.
17.Excessive humidity in a room can cause water condensation on windows and some furniture. If this happens,
turn the humidifier OFF.
18.Do not use humidifier in an area where humidity level is in
excess of 50%. Use a hygrometer, available at your local
retailer or through the manufacturer to measure the
19.DO NOT attempt to repair or adjust any electrical or
mechanical functions on this unit. Doing so will void your
warranty. The inside of the unit contains no user serviceable parts. All servicing should be performed by
qualified personnel only.
20.Never place housing under water flow, or immerse in
21.DO NOT plug in the cord with wet hands, electric
shock could result.
22.DO NOT pour water in any openings other than the
water tank.
23.If you have a warm mist humidifier, allow unit to cool
before refilling water tank or maintenance as the heater
bulb is hot.
24.To prevent damage to surfaces, do not place humidifier
under overhanging surfaces.
25.NEVER operate unit without water in the tank.
26.Use both hands when carrying full tank of water.
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7. Gently shake or press the filter to remove excess water.
8. The filter can be put directly into the humidifier while still
damp if it is to be used right away, or allow filter to dry
completely if humidifier is to be stored.
Should your filter become damaged or lost, please call
the customer service number listed in the manual for a
replacement part: BWF100-P.
Humidifiers provide comfort by adding moisture to dry,
heated indoor air. To get the most benefit from the
humidifier and avoid product misuse, follow all instructions carefully, specifically the operation, care and maintenance guidelines. Please note that this is an electrical
appliance, and requires attention when in use.
In addition, if you do not follow the recommended care
and maintenance instructions, micro-organisms may be
able to grow in the water within the humidifier’s reservoir.
You must routinely follow the cleaning procedures that
follow in order to ensure proper, efficient operation of your
humidifier. Proper maintenance and cleaning is essential
to the continued performance of your unit and the avoidance of algae or bacteria build-up.
1. Be sure the unit is OFF and is disconnected from the
electrical outlet.
2. Remove the housing and the reservoir from the humidifier and place in sink or tub.
3. Carry the base of the unit to the sink, remove the wick
frame and wicks, place in sink, drain any remaining water
and rinse thoroughly to remove any sediment or dirt.
Wipe clean, and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.
NOTE: the base and wick frame are dishwasher safe
4. Drain the water from the tank into the sink and rinse
tank thoroughly. Wipe clean, and dry with a clean cloth
or paper towel.
5. Put filters back in wick frame, replace on base, replace
the housing, then refill tank with cool tap water as
instructed earlier in the Filling Instructions. Do not overfill.
6. Follow Operating Instructions.