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COOL MIST 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 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” 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
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
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
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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.Do not move unit after it has been used until unit cools
27.Use both hands when carrying full tank of water.
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 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.
Fig 1 Control Panel
Filter Monitor
Housing 3. Remove the water reservoir, by
Reservoir Handle
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.
Wick Holder
(a plug 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.
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
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
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.
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
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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 OF.
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
Fig 2
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 A. Control Panel C. UP/DOWN Buttons
B. Mode/Off Button D. Timer Light LED Display
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.
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.
4. After setting the timer, the display will return to show the
current 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 buttons 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% until the user shuts it off.
1. Insert 2 AAA batteries into back of remote control.
2. Press the Mode button on remote to begin operation.
3. Use the remote to control the same features as the base
NOTE: The timer function can only be activated on the
base unit. It cannot be activated via the remote control.
NOTE: The remote will not shut off the humidifier by
holding the remote button for 2 seconds. The user needs
to scroll to “OF” to shut off the humidifier with the remote
NOTE: Do not mix new and old batteries. Do not mix
alkaline, standard (carbon-zinc), or rechargeable (nickelcadmium) batteries.
Replacing the Wick
Through normal use, waterborne minerals and sediment
become trapped in the wick filter. The harder your water,
the greater amount of minerals in the water, and the more
often you will need to change your wick filter. Using the
Filter Monitor located on the top grill, you will be able to
check the life of the wick filter in your humidifier. When the
unit is turned off the Filter Monitor needle will read
“change”. After the needle reads change for 60 minutes,
the filter replacement is recommended. Regular filter
replacement is necessary to ensure optimal humidifier
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To replace the wick filter, follow the steps below.
1. Turn the unit off and disconnect from the electrical outlet.
2. Remove the reservoir and main housing to access the
base tray.
3. Remove the wick frame from the base of the humidifier.
4. Remove each individual wick and discard. Do not
remove rivet, replacement wicks come equipped with
rivets for easy replacement.
5. Follow the weekly cleaning instructions.
6. Insert new filters into each section of the wick basket
making sure the rivet attaches to the wick basket securely.
7. Do not use wicks without rivets as this will not produce
the units intended output.
8. Replace the wick frame into the base and replace main
housing and then tank.
9. Repeat Operating Instructions steps.
It will take about 30 minutes for the humidifier to reach
maximum output.
You can obtain a new filter by calling 1-800-788-5350 in
North America or by visiting your nearest retailer or
authorized service center. This humidifier takes 4 model
BWF100 replacement filters.
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 TOP
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.
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.
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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 a wick filters
inside the humidifier.
5. Store in a cool dry location.
6. Order your new filters so they will be ready for next
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
1-800-788-5350 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
Fig 3
Trouble Shooting 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) 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.
☛ Reservoir 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.
✔ Remove reservoir
cap then replace
or reposition ring.
✔ Tighten the
reservoir cap.
✔ Replace your wick filter
(BWF100) by calling
1-800-788-5350, or visit
✔ Use Clean-AwayTM
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
(BWF100) by calling
1-800-788-5350, or visit
• Water cloudy.
☛ Filter needs
to be replaced.
☛ Using warm water
to refill reservoir.
✔ Refill using cool water.
• Humidistat cycles on/off.
☛ Humidifier is reacting
to room humidity level.
• Very tight reservoir cap.
☛ Over tightened.
✔ Set the humidistat to a
higher or lower setting.
✔ Add liquid soap or
petroleum jelly to cap
gasket to ease opening.
The Holmes Group, Inc.
Consumer Service Department
32B Spur Drive
El Paso, TX 79906
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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
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.
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 repaired.
Bionaire®, the Bionaire logoTM, and Clean-AwayTM are trademarks of The Holmes
Group, Inc. or its subsidiaries.
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