Operating instructions | Bionaire BCM7309 Humidifier User Manual

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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
holder 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
NOTE: the base and wick holder are dishwasher safe
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 filters back in wick holder, replace on base,
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 8-oz
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.
To Disinfect Humidifier Base and Reservoir:
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. Refill the water reservoir 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. Follow Filter Washing Procedure before storage.
Ensure that the filter is completely dry before being
5. Store in a cool dry location.
Troubleshooting for your Cool Mist Humidifier
✔ 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.
✔ Plug in unit.
✔ Check circuit breaker or
• Mist output minimal to
☛ Filter has not
absorbed water.
☛ Mineral buildup in base.
✔ Wait 30 minutes before
starting humidifier.
✔ Regular cleaning of tray
after each use will help
keep the unit functioning
✔ Set the humidistat to high.
✔ Wash your wick filter and
follow the filter washing
procedure in this manual.
☛ Humidistat is set too low.
☛ Permanent filter needs to
be washed.
• Water leaks from water
✔ 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.
☛ Rubber O-ring is missing
or improperly placed.
✔ Remove reservoir
cap then replace
or reposition ring.
✔ Tighten the reservoir cap.
✔ Follow Filter Washing
Procedure located in
this manual.
☛ In areas with particular
hard water your wick
filter will need to be
cleaned frequently.
✔ Use Clean-Away™
Solution (DMS216), to
order, call 1-800-253-2764,
or visit www.bionaire.com.
• Film on water reservoir.
☛ Mineral deposits cause
film on tank to build up.
✔ Follow Filter Washing
Procedure located in this
• Water cloudy.
☛ Filter needs to
be washed.
☛ Using warm water
to refill reservoir.
✔ Refill using cool water.
• Humidistat cycles on/off.
☛ Humidifier is reacting
to room humidity level.
✔ Set the humidistat to a
higher or lower setting.
• Very tight reservoir cap.
☛ Over tightened.
✔ Add liquid soap or
petroleum jelly to cap
gasket to ease opening.
• 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 condition.
• 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.
✔ Humidity levels in the room where the humidifier is placed.
• How do I remove film on
water tank?
✔ Mist is invisible.
✔ Check to see if inlet or
outlet grills are blocked.
☛ Your filter needs
to be cleaned.
• Wick filter turns brown.
✔ Temperature of the room where the humidifier is placed.
✔ Home furnishings in the room where the humidifier is placed.
☛ Normal operation.
☛ Reservoir cap not
tight enough.
✔ Room construction of the room where the humidifier is placed.
✔ Movement of occupants and the opening and closing of
doors in the room where the humidifier is placed.
☛ Unit not plugged in.
☛ Power failure.
Frequently Asked Questions
• What are the variables that
affect run time?
Probable Cause
• LED not illuminated.
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 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 as 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.
COOL MIST humidifier
with permanent filter
FILTER#: BWF100P/HWF100P (3)
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.
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 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 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 humidity.
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.
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 3 moisture laden wick filters, 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 to OFF and the unit
is disconnected from the electrical outlet.
2. Select a location for your humidifier, on a flat 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 moisture or
water. Place on a moisture-resistant surface.
1. Remove the reservoir from the base of the humidifier
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 reservoir to the humidifier and place
onto the base. The reservoir holds 1.2 gallons of
water and the base holds 1/3 gallon of water. The
reservoir will immediately begin to empty into 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.
Manual Mode Instructions:
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/OFF button twice
within 3 seconds 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
5. To stop the unit, press and hold the button for two
seconds, or keep pressing the button until the display
reads OFF (OF).
To take advantage of the Digital Humidistat, press the
MODE/OFF 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.
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NOTE: The Digital Humidistat 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 filter to prevent algae or
bacteria growth.
The Auto On/Off timer will allow the user two options, to
set a time to turn the unit off or to set a time to turn the
unit on.
Auto Off Timer
While the unit is running, the off timer can be activated by
holding down the up and down buttons simultaneously
for 2 seconds, the screen will flash 00 and the up and
down arrows can be pushed to adjust the timer up to 16
hours in increments of one, once 16 hours is reached,
the next push of the timer button will cycle back to 00
hours. The Timer Light (
) will illuminate to indicate that
the Timer is activated. The unit will then shut off after the
timer expires (in its current setting). While the unit is
running, the timer should stay on even if other modes are
being changed. The timer should only be deactivated if
the unit is turned off.
Auto On Timer
While the unit is off, the up and down buttons are
pressed simultaneously for 2 seconds and the display will
flash 00 the up button may then be pushed again to
increase the hours to turn on (in its last setting) from 1-16
in increments of 1 hour. The unit will then come on after
the timer expires, if the unit is then turned on, the timer
will be deactivated. The Timer Light (
) will illuminate to
indicate that the Timer is activated. Once 16 hours is
reached, the next push of the timer button will cycle back
to 00 hours.
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 indicate your filters condition.
New filters will register in the section
reading GOOD filter. After frequent
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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 outlet.
2. Remove the tank and main housing to access the base.
3. Remove the wick holder from the base of the humidifier.
4. Remove each individual wick and wash. Do not
remove rivet, replacement wicks come equipped with
rivets for easy replacement.
5. Follow the weekly cleaning instructions.
6. Insert refreshed filters into each section of the wick
holder making sure the rivet attaches to the wick
holder securely.
7. Do not use wicks without rivets as this will not
produce the unit’s intended output.
8. Replace the wick holder into the base and replace
main housing and then tank.
9. Repeat Operating Instructions.
It will take about 30 minutes for the humidifier to reach
maximum output.
Filter Washing Procedure:
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:
HWF100P (Part Number 7400001000016).
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