Operating instructions | Bionaire BCM6100 Humidifier User Manual

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cool moisture
BEDROOM humidifier
Read instructions before operating. Retain for future reference.
Instruction Leaflet
If after having read this leaflet, you have any questions
or comments on your humidifier,
call 1-800-788-5350 in North America.
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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, near heat registers, radiator,
stoves, or heaters.
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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. NEVER place anything over moisture outlet when unit is running.
9. NEVER drop or insert any object into any openings.
10. DO NOT operate any appliance with a damaged cord or plug,
if 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.
11. 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 attach
ments not recommended or sold by Bionaire® may cause hazards.
12. DO NOT use outdoors.
13. Always place humidifier on a firm, flat, level surface. (4” from wall).
A waterproof mat or pad is recommended for 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.
14. DO NOT allow the moisture outlet to directly face the wall.
Moisture could cause damage, particularly to wallpaper.
15. Humidifier should be unplugged when not in use.
16. NEVER tilt, move, or attempt to empty unit while it is operating.
Shut off and unplug before removing the water reservoir and moving
the unit.
17. This humidifier requires daily and weekly maintenance. Refer to daily
and weekly cleaning procedures.
18. NEVER use detergents, gasoline, glass cleaner, furniture polish,
paint thinner, or other household solvents to clean any part of the
19. Excessive humidity in a room can cause water condensation on
windows and some furniture. If this happens, turn the humidifier
20. Do not use humidifier in an area where humidity level is in excess of
50%. Use a hygrometer, available at your local hardware store or
through Bionaire, to measure the humidity.
21. 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.
22. Never place humidifier housing under water flow or immerse in liquids.
23. Do not plug in the cord with wet hands: electric shock could result.
24. Do not block air inlet or outlet grills.
25. Do not fill through openings other than water reservoir.
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.
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.
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This device complies with Part15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subjected to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Your Bionaire® Cool Moisture humidifier draws dry air through the front
air intake grill area. This air is then passed through a moisture–laden
wick filter 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.
1. Be sure the humidifier is
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switched off and disconB
nected from the electrical
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 A. Humidifier Tank
that will not be damaged by B. Carry Handle
C. Filter Monitor
moisture is best.
D. Humidifier Housing
3. Remove the water tank, by E. Filter Door
F. Humidifier Base
holding the tank handle
G. Control Panel
and lifting straight upwards.
4. Remove the filter door by
pulling the tab straight out. Check to see that the wick filter
is properly in place. Replace the humidifier filter door.
beep every two seconds until it is synced with the remote.
To sync unit with remote follow the below steps:
Unlock remote. (This must be done before each use of the
remote) To Unlock remote, hold down the mode button for 2
seconds until the lock symbol
disappears on the screen.
Once the remote is unlocked, press the mode button again and
the unit will quickly beep 5 times telling the user the signal was
received. If you have more than one humidifier, DO NOT SYNC
more than 1 unit at once.
Battery Replacement: If the batteries are running low on
power, a low battery indicator
will appear on the remote.
Low batteries will affect transmission distance and the screen
contrast. We recommend replacing batteries immediately.
Remote Distance: The transmission distance for this remote
is approximately 30ft. Do not use farther than 30ft. from the
appliance. Remote must be used in same room as
Communication Safety Check: Every minute while in Auto
mode, the Galileo™ Center communicates with the base unit.
If the Galileo™ Center goes out of range and/or has low batteries, the communication will stop, and after 8 minutes of noncommunication the unit will shut off.
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1. Twist off the water tank cap located on the bottom of the
water reservoir by turning counter clockwise and fill the water
tank with cool, fresh water. Do not fill with warm water as this
may cause leaking.
2. After filling the water tank, replace the water tank cap by
firmly turning clockwise and then replace the water reservoir
on the base. The water reservoir will immediately begin to
empty into the base.
1. Put batteries into Remote. The “Room” humidity will be
displayed at all times. (Use 3 AAA Alkaline batteries only, do
not mix batteries)
2. Plug unit into outlet. The first time the unit is plugged in, it will
1. Press Mode button on the remote. “High” illuminates on
remote screen indicating mode. The power light on the unit
will turn on. The unit turns on and operates in “High” mode.
The units “High” light will illuminate. In this mode, the unit will
continuously run at its high setting.
2. Press Mode button on remote a second time for “Med”
mode and once again for “Low” mode.
Note: While using the remote, the backlight function will turn on
when any button is pushed and will turn off after 10 seconds of
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Note: Do not block ventilation openings on remote while in use,
this may affect the accuracy of the humidity reading.
1. Press Mode button on remote until the remote screen
displays “Auto” and “High”. The “Set” humidity is
displayed next to the “Room” humidity. The “Auto” light
on unit will illuminate. The
Filter Monitor
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unit will cycle on and off to
maintain the “Set” humidity
at high setting.
NOTE: The default room
humidity is 45%. In this
mode the unit will run to
maintain the “Set” humidity.
2. Press Mode button on remote
again for “Med” and “Auto”,
and again for “Low” and “Auto”. The unit will cycle on and
off to maintain the “Set” humidity at the designated setting.
3. To turn unit “Off”, press the Mode button and the LCD will go
blank (except for the “Room” humidity display which is
always displayed while batteries are in the remote) and the
unit will shut off.
Note: It is normal for the humidifier to cycle on and off as it
maintains the preset humidity.
Adjusting Set Humidity:
1. When in “Auto” mode, press the (+) or (-) buttons on the
remote. The “Set” number will increase or decrease with
each press. Hold the button down to scroll. The minimum
humidity is 35% and the maximum is 60%. The unit scrolls
one digit at a time in a continuous loop. 35%, 36%…, 59%,
60%, 35%, 36%….
Your humidifier can be operated directly from the control panel
located on the top of the unit
A. Remote and Unit are OFF:
1. Press the Mode button on the unit the first time.
The “High” light illuminates and the unit runs in
“High” mode. The power light turns on.
2. Press the Mode button a second time to run in
“Med” mode.
3. Press the Mode button again to run in “Low” mode.
4. Press the Mode button again and the unit shuts off.
Note: The “auto” light only illuminates when the unit is
set to “auto” mode by the remote.
B. Remote is ON and Unit is ON:
1. Press the Mode button on the unit. The unit will
then switch “Modes”; either from “High” to “Med”,
“Med” to “Low”, or “Low” to “Off”. The unit’s lights
will reflect the change.
The Remote will display a different mode – the mode in which it
was left. If a button is pressed on the Remote, the Remote’s
signal will override the “Mode” on the unit and the two will be
back in sync.
Using Timer to Turn Unit Off
1) Hold mode button for 2 seconds to unlock remote.
2) Push + and - together.
2.1) "timer" turns on. 1 Hr appears on the screen.
3) Push + or - to adjust the number of hours the unit will run
before it automatically shuts itself off.
3.1) you can choose from; 1 to 8 hours
3.2) 1 through 8 will scroll in a continuous loop
4) After you have made your selection, the whole screen flashes
for 5 seconds after last button push of + or - then goes back
to previous mode
4.1) "timer" remains lit to show the timer function has
been set.
5) At any time if you unlock the remote and push the
mode button to turn the unit off, the timer
setting will be erased and "timer" will disappear from
the remote.
6) To check how much time is remaining, press and hold the +
and – buttons simultaneously.
Using Timer to Turn Unit On
This function is meant for a person to pre-humidify a room by
setting the timer. For Example: It’s 8 am, and you want to come
home to a humidified room at 8 pm. To accomplish this place
the unit in the desired room and set the timer to turn the unit on
in 12 hours. Once the timer is activated the unit will run for a
preset time of 2 hours.
1) Hold mode button for 2 seconds to unlock remote.
2) DO NOT push mode again as this will turn unit on.
3) Push + and - together.
3.1) Unit remains off.
3.2) "timer" and "auto - high" turns on and flashes on
the remote, and 1 Hr appears on the screen.
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4) Push + or - to adjust the number of hours that will pass
before it turns itself on.
4.1) you can choose from; 1to16 hours
4.2) 1 through 16 will scroll in a continuous loop
5) The whole screen flashes for 5 seconds after last
button push of + or - then goes back to previous mode
5.1) The timer will turn the unit on and run for 2 hrs.
During the 2 hours, the digital humidistat will maintain the room in auto – high at the default of 45%.
6) At any time if you unlock the remote and push the
mode button on the remote, the timer setting will be
erased and "timer" will disappear from the screen.
7) To check how much time is remaining, press and hold the +
and – buttons simultaneously.
Through normal use, waterborne minerals and sediment become
trapped in the wick filter. The harder your water, the greater the
amount of minerals in the water, and the more often you will need
to change your wick filter. You will be able to check the life of the
filter on your humidifier by checking the Filter Monitor located on
the moisture outlet. When the unit is not in operation, the Filter
Monitor will also read as OFF. When the unit is turned on, the
Filter Monitor needle will need 60 minutes to read the current filter
condition. If the needle reads change after 60 minutes, then filter
replacement is needed. Regular filter replacement is necessary to
ensure optimal humidifier performance.
To replace the wick filter, follow the steps below.
1. Turn the unit off and unplug the humidifier from the electrical
2. Open the filter housing using the tab on the left side of the
filter door.
3. Discard the old wick filter and insert a new wick filter into the
hanging tabs.
4. Repeat “Operating Instructions” steps listed within. it will take
about 30 minutes for the humidifier to reach maximum output.
You can obtain your filter model by calling 1-800-788-5350 in
North America or by visiting your nearest retailer or authorized
service center.
This humidifier takes model WF6000 replacement filter.
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 water tank.
1. Before cleaning, set the mode to the OFF position and unplug
the unit from the electrical outlet.
2. Lift off the water tank and the humidifier housing.
3. Carry the base and the water tank to the sink, remove
the filter, then drain and rinse the base and water tank
thoroughly to remove any sediment and dirt. Wipe clean and
dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.
4. Put the filter back in the unit, replace the humidifier housing,
then refill the water tank with cool tap water as instructed
under “Filling the Water Tank”.
5. If moisture forms on the walls or windows, turn off the
Remove scale:
1. Repeat steps 1-3 above.
2. Clean the base by partially filling the base with one 8-oz cup
of undiluted white vinegar, or use Clean-AwayTM 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 tank.
4. Remove the float from the bottom of the humidifier housing
and remove any scale by soaking in vinegar or Clean-AwayTM
solution. Rinse thoroughly and re-install the float into the unit.
1. Fill water tank with 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach and 1 gallon
of water.
2. Let the solution stand for 20 minutes, swishing every few
minutes. Wet all surfaces.
3. Empty the reservoir after 20 minutes, and rinse well with water
until the bleach smell is gone. Dry with a clean cloth of paper
4. Check to see if it is time to change the wick filter.
5. Refill the water tank with cool water, replace the humidifier
housing and the water tank. Repeat Operating Instructions.
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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 tank.
3. Remove the tank cap. Do not store with the
tank cap in place.
4. Store in a cool dry location.
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
3. Should your humidifier require service, please call
1-800-788-5350 in North America for further assistance.
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Trouble Shooting for your Cool Mist Humidifier
• Power light not illuminated.
Probable Cause
☛ 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
(WF6000) by calling
1-800-788-5350, or visit
✔ Mist is invisible.
✔ Check to see if inlet or
outlet grills are blocked.
☛ Humidistat is set too low.
☛ Wick Filter needs
to be replaced.
☛ Normal operation.
• Water leaks from water
☛ Rubber O-ring is missing
or improperly placed.
☛ Tank Cap not
tight enough.
• Water Filter turns brown.
☛ Your filter needs
to be changed.
☛ In areas with particular
hard water your wick
filter will need to be
changed frequently.
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.
✔ Remove tank
cap then replace
or reposition ring.
✔ Tighten the
tank cap.
✔ Replace your wick filter
(WF6000) by calling
1-800-788-5350, or visit
✔ Use Clean Away Solution
(DMS216), to order call
1-800-788-5350, or visit
• Film on water reservoir.
☛ Mineral deposits cause
film on tank to build up.
✔ Replace your wick filter
(WF6000) by calling
1-800-788-5350, or visit
• Water cloudy.
☛ Filter needs
to be replaced.
☛ Using warm water
to refill water tank.
✔ Refill using cool water.
• Humidistat cycles on/off.
☛ Humidifier is reacting
to room humidity level.
• Very tight reservoir cap.
☛ Over tightened.
4. ☛ If you have any other questions or comments, feel free to
write to us or visit our website
The Holmes Group, Inc.
Consumer Service Department
32B Spur Drive
El Paso, TX 79906
Bionaire® warrants to the original retail purchaser, for TWO (2)
YEARS from the date of original purchase, either to repair or
replace at its option, without charge (parts and labor), any
supplied or manufactured part of this humidifier which, upon
inspection by an authorized service center, proves to have failed
in normal use due to defects in material or workmanship, or, at its
option, to replace the unit.
Operation under conditions other than those recommended or at
voltages other than the voltage indicated on the unit, or any
attempts by unauthorized personnel to service the unit or modify
it, will render the guarantee void.
Bionaire® shall not be liable for any personal injury, property
damage or any incidental or consequential damages of any kind
(including water damage), resulting from defects, malfunctions,
misuse, improper installation or alteration of the product.
✔ Set the humidistat to a
higher or lower setting.
✔ Add liquid soap or
petroleum jelly to cap
gasket to ease opening.
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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
and to the extent that any such provision purports to disclaim,
exclude or limit any such statutory warranties or other rights or
remedies, such provisions shall be deemed to be amended to
the extent necessary to comply therewith.
1-800-788-5350 IN NORTH AMERICA.
A Bionaire® consumer service representative will help determine
which is the best procedure in order for your humidifier to be
Galileo™ is a trademark of The Holmes Group, Inc.
Bionaire® and Bionaire® logo are registered trademarks of
The Holmes Group, Inc.
Clean-Away™ is a trademark of The Holmes Group, Inc.
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