Troubleshooting guide | Bionaire BU497 Humidifier User Manual

9:21 AM
Follow these instructions at end of humidification season
or when humidifier will not be used for at least one week
or more.
1. Follow Weekly Maintenance Instructions.
2. Let humidifier dry completely before storing. Do not store
with water inside reservoir.
3. Store in cool, dry location.
4. Clean humidifier before next season begins.
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Troubleshooting Guide
Plug in unit.
Check circuits, fuses, and
test outlet with a test
• No Air or Mist.
No water in unit.
Inoperative fan.
Inoperative components.
Fill water tank.
See warranty.
See warranty (unit not
• No Mist, but Water Tank is
Mist setting is too low.
Reset mist knob to a higher
Place unit on a level
Clean nebulizer and
sensor with brush
provided and refill tank
with distilled water.
Rinse thoroughly with
clean water.
See warranty.
Unit is not level.
Mineral deposits on
nebulizer or sensor.
Water tank was washed
with detergent.
Nebulizer worn or
• Damaged Plug or Cord.
Worn insulation.
Damaged or exposed
Inoperative components
(non serviceable).
• White Dust Accumulation.
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
Unit not plugged in.
No power at outlet.
• No Power.
• Make sure all parts are thoroughly dry.
• Leave the filling door of the tank loosened. This will
prevent the door and gasket from sticking together.
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.
Tap water with high
mineral content or hard
Do not use unit. See
Do not use unit. See
Do not use unit. See
Use distilled water or 1/2
distilled, 1/2 tap water.
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
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
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 1-800-2532764 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 1-800-2532764 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. PLEASE DO NOT
Personal Ultrasonic
Read instructions before operating.
Retain for future reference.
© 2010 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.
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 registers.
4. DO NOT place humidifier near heat sources such as
stoves, radiators, and heaters. Locate your humidifier on
an inside wall near an electrical outlet. The humidifier
should be at least 4 inch away from the wall for best
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
unless instructed in this manual.
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
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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
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
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
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.
This appliance has a POLARIZED AC
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.
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.
Potential for Radio/Television interference
This device complies with Part 18 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject 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. This
product has been tested and found to comply with the
limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 18 of
the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. The product generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and
used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that the interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If the product does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which
can be determined by turning the product on or off, the
user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by
one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the product and the
Output Nozzle
Power on / Mist Illuminator
Power Switch
Fig. 1
• Connect the product into an outlet on a circuit different
from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
• Changes or modifications not expressly approved by
the party responsible for compliance could void the
user’s authority to operate the equipment.
1. Place unit on a level surface away from direct sunlight.
Keep cord away from heated surfaces and areas where
it could be walked on or tripped over.
2. Remove tank from base. Turn upside down and
unscrew filling cap. Fill tank with clean, cool, distilled, or
tap water. Water temperature should NEVER be too hot
or too cold. Return tank to base and let it sit for a few
NOTE: Be sure filling cap of the tank is tightened firmly.
3. Plug power cord into a 110-120V AC wall outlet only.
Turn power switch to "On" ( I / II ) position. Power light
will illuminate.
4. Always turn humidifier off ( O ) when water runs* out.
Unit will continue to operate when tank is empty.
* Humidifier will run up to 10 hours on Low; 6 hours on
5. Regular maintenance is required; refer to maintenance
NOTE: Do not let water sit in tank for extended periods.
This can encourage bacterial growth.
Grasp the water tank with the curved side in the palm of
your hand. With tank slightly above the water tray, press
tank against the body of humidifier (toward the control
knob). Slide the tank downward while keeping pressure
against the body of the humidifier. Push the entire tank
down firmly to seat it into place.
• Aim for 30% to 50% relative humidity.
• Humidity will vary room to room, so adjust accordingly.
• If windows and walls fog or frost, reduce mist intensity.
• If a room is too humid, ventilate it by opening a door or
window, and adjust mist intensity. High levels of humidity
can allow moisture to collect and harm furniture and
walls, especially wallpaper. It can also encourage bacterial
and fungal growth.
NOTE: Always unplug the unit before cleaning!
When to Clean the Humidifier
• Every day during humidification season.
• Before storing.
• After long periods of storage.
• When cleaning inside of unit, keep water away from the
air outlet. Exterior may be wiped with a damp cloth
(except for electrical controls) when unit is off. Any part
may be wiped with a damp cloth when unit is unplugged.
Sanitizing the Water Tank
• Use a mild bleach and water solution. Never use
Cleaning the Base of Unit
1. Remove tank from base and empty reservoir.
2. Take the brush stored in base and clean off mineral
deposits and debris from nebulizer and water sensor. Do
not scrape or clean with tools that have metal parts.
3. Do not use detergent to clean any parts of the unit that
contain water. Detergent film dissolved in the water
supply can interfere with the output of the unit.
4. The nebulizer (ultrasonic transducer) is highly sensitive.
Keep this important part clean and treat it gently. Do not
touch the nebulizer while the unit is operating, burns
could result. Do not touch the nebulizer with bare fingers.
Any residue on the metal will reduce mist output.
1. Empty reservoir, and rinse, wipe clean, and dry with clean
cloth or paper towel.
2. Refill reservoir to fill mark with cool, clean tap water. Do
not overfill.
3. If moisture forms on walls or windows, lower humidity
control settings or turn off humidifier.
Removing Scale
1. Empty reservoir. Partially fill base of unit with 1-oz. of
undiluted white vinegar.
2. Clean all interior surfaces with the soft brush provided.
Wipe out reservoir to remove scale with soft damp cloth.
3. Rinse thoroughly with clean warm water to remove scale.
4. If scale around transducer area is difficult to remove,
partially fill with undiluted white vinegar and soak for
20 minutes. Clean with soft brush and rinse.
Disinfecting Reservoir
1. Fill reservoir with 1 teaspoon of undiluted white vinegar in
1 cup of water. Let soak for 20 minutes, swishing every
few minutes. Gently scrub area around transducer and
float switch with soft brush. Wet all surfaces.
2. Empty reservoir after 20 minutes. Rinse with water until
vinegar smell is gone. Dry with clean cloth or paper
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