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Maintenance of Humidifiers, Ventilators And Other Hvac Add-on Components

Your home’s furnace and air conditioner do the majority of work keeping the air comfortable year-round, which is why regular HVAC maintenance is essential – but other parts of the heating and cooling system require upkeep as well. Here are a few Trane units that help to improve your home’s air quality, and how you can keep them functioning properly

Humidifier maintenance

Trane humidifiers are mounted on an existing furnace system, and are fed by a water line. These units add moisture to air that passes through the furnace, which can help alleviate the dryness that often comes during winter months, or in hot, dry climates. Here are a few humidifier maintenance tips that can be performed by you or your local Trane Comfort Specialist to keep your unit running reliably:

  • Periodically clean the distribution manifold, which is located at the top of the humidifier.
  • Clean the evaporator pad with a 1:3 water-to-vinegar solution. If excessive mineral deposits are present on the pad, replace it. The evaporator pad should be replaced at least once per year.
  • Your operator's manual should provide maintenance instructions for the humidistat and solenoid, and tips for how to determine that they are working properly.

Air ventilator maintenance

As with most HVAC systems, air ventilator maintenance primarily requires regular cleaning or replacing of air filters once every three to nine months. Air filter cleaning can be done with a vacuum, or by rinsing the filter and letting it air dry. In addition to air filter replacement, periodically check to make sure the air ventilator's intake and exhaust are unobstructed, and that the fan blades are relatively free of accumulated dust and dirt.

Air cleaner maintenance

As with the air ventilator, your Trane CleanEffectsTM air cleaner filter should be cleaned or changed regularly, usually every three to nine months, or according to the air cleaner owner's manual instructions. It's also important to make sure airflow is not restricted to the air cleaner by built-up dust, furniture or other obstructions.

Servicing your air quality units

While some maintenance and cleaning can be done yourself, a professional technician should be hired for the majority of regular servicing and repairs. If your humidifier, ventilator or air cleaner do not work after regular maintenance, contact a Trane Comfort Specialist for a diagnosis and repair estimate. Also, remember to follow the maintenance instructions outlined in your owner's manual to keep your air quality systems running smoothly.

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