Operating instructions | Bionaire BCM658 Humidifier User Manual

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1. 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.
2. Mix 1 gallon warm tap water with 1 teaspoon
concentrated antibacterial liquid dish washing soap.
3. Fully submerge filter in soap solution for 15-20 minutes.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Gently shake or press the filter to remove excess water.
7. 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. The part number for this filter is:
Humidifiers provide comfort by adding moisture to dry,
heated indoor air. To benefit most from the humidifier and
avoid product misuse, follow all instructions carefully.
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 guidelines, micro-organisms may be
able to grow in the water within the water 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
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.
4. Drain the water from the reservoir into the sink and
rinse reservoir thoroughly. Wipe clean, and dry with a
clean cloth or paper towel.
5. Put filter back in, replace the housing, then refill
reservoir with cool tap water as instructed earlier in
the Filling Instructions. Do not overfill.
6. Follow Operating Instructions.
To Remove Scale:
1. Repeat steps 1-4 in the Daily Maintenance section.
2. Clean the base by partially filling the base with one 8oz cup of undiluted white vinegar, or by using Clean
AwayTM (Model DMS216) by the manufacturer. Leave
this solution in the base for 20 minutes, while cleaning
all the interior surfaces with a soft brush. Remove
base scale by wiping the base with a cloth dampened
with undiluted white vinegar.
3. Rinse with clean warm water to remove the cleaning
solution before disinfecting the reservoir.
1. Fill humidifier reservoir 1/2 full with water and 1/2
tablespoon of chlorine bleach.
2. Let the solution stand for 20 minutes, swishing every
few minutes. Wet all surfaces.
3. Carefully empty the reservoir after 20 minutes, and
rinse with warm water until you can not detect any
bleach smell. Dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.
4. Place filter back into reservoir and refill the water
reservoir as directed in Operating Instructions, 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. Follow Filter Washing Procedure before storage.
Ensure that the filter is completely dry before being
5. Store in a cool dry location.
Probable Cause
• Unit does not turn on.
☛ Not plugged in.
✔ Plug in unit.
• Mist output minimal to none.
☛ Filter has not
absorbed water.
✔ Wait 30 minutes for filter
to absorb water.
• Filter turns brown.
☛ The filter has absorbed
✔ Wash your wick filter
Follow the Filter Washing
Procedure located on this
• FilterCleanTM is not working.
☛ Takes 60 minutes to register. ✔ Allow the humidifier to run
continuously for 60 minutes
for the FilterCleanTM
Indicator to reflect the filter
• Humidifier continuously
displays 21%.
☛ Humidity at the humidifier is ✔ Continue to operate
humidifier to raise the room
at or below 21%.
• Humidifier continuously
displays 90%.
☛ Humidity at the humidifier is ✔ Stop operating the
humidifier if the humidity
at or above 90%.
level is too high.
Frequently Asked Questions
• What are the variables that
affect run time?
☛ The estimated run time for this humidifier is based on aveage
room conditions. The actual run time of your humidifier
is dependent on numerous variables such as:
1. Air exchange in the room where the humidifier is
2. Room construction of the room where the humidifier is
3. Temperature of the room where the humidifier is
4. Humidity levels in the room where the humidifier is
5. Movement of occupants and the opening and closing of
doors in the room where the humidifier is placed.
6. Home furnishings in the room where the humidifier is
• 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 reservoir all the way full, place it on the base, let the
water empty into the base until it stops bubbling, then refill
the reservoir full again. This ensures maximum water
capacity and will extend run time.
If you have any questions regarding your product or
would like to learn more about other Bionaire®
products, please contact our Consumer Service
Department at 1-800-253-2764 or visit our website at
Sunbeam Products, Inc. doing business as Jarden
Consumer Solutions or if in Canada, Sunbeam
Corporation (Canada) Limited doing business as Jarden
Consumer Solutions (collectively “JCS”) warrants that for
a period of one year from the date of purchase, this
product will be free from defects in material and
workmanship. JCS, at its option, will repair or replace this
product or any component of the product found to be
defective during the warranty period. Replacement will be
made with a new or remanufactured product or
component. If the product is no longer available,
replacement may be made with a similar product of equal
or greater value. This is your exclusive warranty. Do NOT
attempt to repair or adjust any electrical or mechanical
functions on this product. Doing so will void this warranty.
This warranty is valid for the original retail purchaser from
the date of initial retail purchase and is not transferable.
Keep the original sales receipt. Proof of purchase is
required to obtain warranty performance. JCS dealers,
service centers, or retail stores selling JCS products do
not have the right to alter, modify or any way change the
terms and conditions of this warranty.
This warranty does not cover normal wear of parts or
damage resulting from any of the following: negligent use
or misuse of the product, use on improper voltage or
current, use contrary to the operating instructions,
disassembly, repair or alteration by anyone other than
JCS or an authorized JCS service center. Further, the
warranty does not cover: Acts of God, such as fire, flood,
hurricanes and tornadoes.
What are the limits on JCS’s Liability?
JCS shall not be liable for any incidental or consequential
damages caused by the breach of any express, implied
or statutory warranty or condition.
Except to the extent prohibited by applicable law, any
implied warranty or condition of merchantability or fitness
for a particular purpose is limited in duration to the
duration of the above warranty.
JCS disclaims all other warranties, conditions or
representations, express, implied, statutory or otherwise.
JCS shall not be liable for any damages of any kind
resulting from the purchase, use or misuse of, or inability
to use the product including incidental, special,
consequential or similar damages or loss of profits, or for
any breach of contract, fundamental or otherwise, or for
any claim brought against purchaser by any other party.
Some provinces, states or jurisdictions do not allow the
exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages or limitations on how long an implied warranty
lasts, so the above limitations or exclusion may not apply
to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may
also have other rights that vary from province to province,
state to state or jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
How to Obtain Warranty Service
In the U.S.A.
If you have any question regarding this warranty or would
like to obtain warranty service, please call
1-800-253-2764 and a convenient service center
address will be provided to you.
In Canada
If you have any question regarding this warranty or would
like to obtain warranty service, please call
1-800-253-2764 and a convenient service center
address will be provided to you.
In the U.S.A., this warranty is offered by Sunbeam
Products, Inc. doing business Jarden Consumer
Solutions located in Boca Raton, Florida 33431. In
Canada, this warranty is offered by Sunbeam Corporation
(Canada) Limited doing business as Jarden Consumer
Solutions, located at 20 B Hereford Street, Brampton,
Ontario L6Y 0M1. If you have any other problem or claim
in connection with this product, please write our
Consumer Service Department.
Digital cool mist
with permanent filter
Filter Type: Permanent Wick
Read instructions before operating.
Retain for future reference.
© 2008 Sunbeam Products, Inc. doing business as Jarden
Consumer Solutions. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by
Sunbeam Products, Inc. doing business as Jarden
Consumer Solutions, Boca Raton, Florida 33431.
Printed in China
Instruction Leaflet
If after having read this leaflet, you have any
questions or comments on your humidifier,
call 1-800-253-2764 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 or near heat
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 inches (10 cm)
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.
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 by the
manufacturer may cause hazards.
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.
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 reservoir and moving the unit.
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.
17.NEVER use detergents gasoline, glass cleaner,
furniture polish, paint thinner, or other household
solvents to clean any part of the humidifier.
18.Excessive humidity in a room can cause water
condensation on windows and some furniture. If this
happens, turn the humidifier OFF.
19.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 humidity.
20.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.
21.Never place housing under water flow, or immerse in
22.DO NOT plug in the cord with wet hands: electric
shock could result.
23.DO NOT pour water in any openings other than the
water reservoir.
24.To prevent damage to surfaces, do not place
humidifier under overhanging surfaces.
25.NEVER operate unit without water in the reservoir.
26.Use both hands when carrying full reservoir of water.
PLUG (one blade is wider than the
other). To reduce the risk of electric
shock, this plug is intended to fit in a
polarized outlet only one way. If the plug
does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the
plug. If it still does not fit, contact a
qualified electrician to install the proper outlet.
Consumer Safety Information
NOTE: This is an electrical appliance and requires
attention when in use.
NOTE: If moisture forms on the walls or windows of the
room, turn off the humidifier. The room already has plenty
of humidity and additional moisture may cause damage.
NOTE: DO NOT block air inlet or outlet.
Cord and Plug Installation Safety Instructions
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 (refer to the rating artwork
placed on 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.
Your Bionaire® Cool Mist humidifier draws dry air through
the rear air intake grill area. This air is then passed
through a moisture-laden wick filter, which retains the
minerals and deposits in the water. The resulting moist air
is directed back into the room from the top air grill.
NOTE: This humidification system provides a cool, invisible
moisture output. It is normal not to see the mist.
NOTE: A humidity level below 20% can be unhealthy and
uncomfortable. The recommended humidity level is
between 40%-50%.
1. Be sure the humidifier is switched off.
2. Select a location for your humidifier, on a flat level
surface, about 4 inches (10 cm) away from the wall.
DO NOT place the humidifier on a finished floor or
near furniture, which can be damaged by too much
moisture or water. Place on a moisture resistant
Filling the Water Reservoir
1. Remove the reservoir from the housing of the
humidifier by grabbing the handle of the reservoir and
pulling forward. Lift the reservoir out of the housing
and bring to the faucet. Turn the reservoir upside
down and twist off the reservoir cap by turning
counter clockwise. Fill reservoir with cool, fresh tap
water. DO NOT fill with warm water as this may cause
leaking. Replace the cap on reservoir FIRMLY.
2. When full, carry the reservoir to the humidifier and
place it into the housing. There is a locating tab
located on the reservoir base for easy guidance.The
reservoir holds 1.3 gallons of water. The reservoir will
immediately begin to empty into the base.
3. Plug the power cord into a 120V AC electrical outlet.
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 between 35% and 65% relative humidity.
1. Plug the humidifier into a 120V AC electrical outlet.
2. The display will show the current room humidity.
NOTE: The display range is 21% - 90%. If your room
humidity level falls below 21%, the unit will display 21.
If your room humidity level rises above 90%, the unit
will display 90.
3. To start the unit, push the mode ( ) button twice
within 3 seconds for high manual setting.
4. Press the button again for medium manual setting and
again for low manual setting. The settings will be
displayed on the top of the display screen. To stop the
unit, scroll through the settings until only the room
humidity is displayed.
Figure 1
Reservoir Handle
Control Panel
To take advantage of the Digital Humidistat, press the
mode ( ) button until the speed is set in either High,
Medium or Low and the Auto icon is displayed. Then
adjust the humidity level by pressing the up ( ) and
down ( ) buttons until the desired humidity level is
achieved. The display will continue to show both the
room and set humidity level. When the room humidity
level rises above the set humidity, the humidifier will shut
off. When the room humidity level drops below the set
humidity level, the humidifier will turn on automatically.
NOTE: When setting the Digital Humidistat, there will be
a 2 minute delay before the unit turns on. This allows for
the most accurate humidity reading.
NOTE: There is a delayed reaction in the motor designed
to prevent the motor from turning on and off frequently
due to changing humidity levels. There is a 2 minute
delay after the unit reaches it’s set humidity level before it
will turn on again. It may be longer if the humidity level
remains above the set humidity, but there will always be
at least a 2 minute delay when the humidity level reaches
the desired 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 want the
humidifier to run in.
2. While the humidifier is running, press the timer ( )
button. The display will show “00”.
3. Press the up ( ) and down ( ) buttons to select
how many hours you would like the humidifier to run
before automatically shutting off in increments of 1 hour.
4. The screen will then return to showing the mode that
was selected and a timer icon to indicate the timer is set.
5. After the preset time expires, the humidifier will
automatically shut off.
Setting the On Timer
1. While the humidifier is off, press the timer ( ) button.
The display will show “00”.
2. By pressing the up ( ) and down ( ) buttons,
program the humidifier to turn on up to 24 hours in
advance in increments of 1 hour.
3. The screen will then return to showing a timer icon to
indicate the timer is set.
4. After the preset time expires, the humidifier will
automatically turn on at a preset level of 45% humidity
and 2 hours of run time.
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.
Through normal use, waterborne minerals and sediment
become trapped in the wick filters. The harder your
water, the greater the amount of minerals in the water,
and the more often you will be able to monitor the life of
your filters in your humidifier.
The FilterCleanTM Indicator will allow you to monitor how
often you will need to wash your filter.
NOTE: After 60 minutes of use,
FilterClean™ Indicator will move and Figure 2
indicate your filters condition.
New filters will register in the section
reading GOOD filter. After frequent
use of your humidifier, the
FilterClean™ Indicator will let you
know when the filters need to be
washed (See Figure 2).
When the needle is in the Wash Filter section, this means
the proper amount of moisture is not getting into your air
due to the excessive minerals and sediment that have
become trapped on your filters. At this point, you should
wash your filters. It is important to wash your filters as
indicated below to obtain stated performance level.
To remove filter for cleaning follow the steps below:
1. Turn the unit off and disconnect from the electrical
2. Remove the reservoir from the housing.
3. Unlock the housing from the base by turning the lock
knob to the unlocked position.
4. Lift the housing straight up and place to the side.
5. Unlock the wick holder from the base by turning the
lock knob to the unlocked position.
6. Remove the wicks from the wick holder.
7. Follow the weekly cleaning instructions.
8. Insert refreshed filters into the wick holder and lock
the wick holder back onto the base.
9. Replace the housing onto the base and lock it into
10.Fill the reservoir and place back into housing.
11.Repeat Operating Instructions It will take about 30
minutes for the humidifier to reach maximum output.
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