An Aqua Oasis humidifier only works optimally if it’s clean. Now, you’re wondering how to maintain the appliance. We got curious, too! So we researched this concern for your convenience, and here’s what we found.
Routine Aqua Oasis humidifier cleaning generally recommends that you only rinse and wipe leftover debris and particles at least once a week. You may also need to remove some parts to remove residue with a soft brush and mild liquid detergent.
It’s also wise to deep clean your humidifier to prevent gunk buildup from seemingly hidden places in it. So keep reading as we talk about two Aqua Oasis humidifier deep cleaning methods. We’ll also discuss other relevant yet important information, such as what to do if the appliance doesn’t work after you clean it.
Safety Measures For Cleaning Appliances
As with relatively any operation to clean appliances, working on your Aqua Oasis humidifier requires you to follow safety protocols. That way, you can prevent harm to yourself and the appliance.
Here are some preventive measures you need to follow before, during, and after cleaning your Aqua Oasis humidifier:
Unplug The Humidifier
Cleaning your humidifier typically means you’re working with water. Live circuits getting in contact with water may cause sparks and other electrical problems. If left unchecked, your Aqua Oasis humidifier might become irreparable.
So disconnect the appliance’s cord from the outlet before starting the cleaning operation. Also, ensure that the outlet, cord, and surrounding areas are dry before restoring power to the device after you finish cleaning it.
Check The Manual
Your owner’s manual should tell you the parts that you need to clean regularly. Bear in mind that some components have materials that you only need to wipe lightly. In particular, electronic parts, such as the humidifier’s control board, shouldn’t be in direct contact with water to prevent permanent damage.
Work In A Well-Ventilated Area
Bring the disconnected humidifier to an open area for cleaning, if you can. Otherwise, ensure that the doors and windows are open during the process. Working in a well-ventilated area should help reduce the risks of fumes from harsh cleaning chemicals circulating in the room.
Wear Protective Gear
Don’t start cleaning your Aqua Oasis humidifier if you’re not wearing the proper safety gear. Make sure that you’re wearing things like safety goggles, rubber gloves, and a respirator. These pieces of equipment can help prevent irritation to your eyes, skin, nose, mouth, and throat.
DIY Instructions To Deep Clean Aqua Oasis Humidifier
It’s ideal to deep clean your Aqua Oasis humidifier at least once a month. You can also complete this task by following these steps:
What You’ll Need
- Rubbing alcohol
- White vinegar
- Soft-bristled brush
- Unplug the Aqua Oasis humidifier and wait about a minute before proceeding to the next step.
- Disassemble the parts that you can take apart, such as the water tank.
- Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol into the following parts: the base, water inlet, mist outlet, and water tank cap.
- Let the rubbing alcohol sit for at least 5 minutes.
- Remove the alcohol by cleaning it with a clean sponge or soft-bristled brush.
- Rinse the disassembled parts with warm water.
- Pour clean water into the water tank.
- Create a mixture of 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 32 ounces of water. Pour the blend into the water tank afterward.
- Close the water tank and shake the container to allow the mixture to get into small spaces.
- Let the vinegar mixture sit in the tank for at least 30 minutes.
- Repeat steps 7 to 10 for the humidifier’s base, but don’t shake it.
- Rinse the parts with warm water again to remove residue left from the vinegar mixture.
- Allow the components to air dry completely before reassembling them.
Also, check out our post on how to disinfect a humidifier, particularly if you’re dealing with stubborn mold and mildew in the appliance.
Can I Use Essential Oils With The Aqua Oasis Humidifier?
Aqua Oasis humidifiers, particularly the Cool Mist unit, aren’t compatible with essential oils. Generally, you need a diffuser if you want to spread essential oils in a room. However, some humidifiers can also work like diffusers, which means you can use essential oils with those units.
What Can I Do If The Humidifier Doesn’t Turn On After I Clean It?
Plugging in your Aqua Oasis humidifier after cleaning may result in the appliance failing to work. If so, here are some troubleshooting methods you can use to figure out the cause of this issue:
Check The Tank
The humidifier’s tank may not have a sufficient amount of water in it for the appliance to run. Refill the water tank and turn on the humidifier again to check if it now works as intended.
Inspect The Outlet
Perhaps the humidifier isn't at fault but the connected wall outlet is the one to blame for this problem. So, remove the appliance's plug from the current outlet and connect it to another one. Then, turn on the machine.
Tilt The Humidifier
If the Aqua Oasis humidifier still isn't working after changing its connected outlet, tilt the machine to its side. That way, you can check if water is leaking from other places besides the water tank. If so, the device isn't dry when you reassembled it.
Warning: Water leaking from other areas in the humidifier may put electronic parts at risk of permanent damage.
Examine The Parts
If the humidifier's components are dry, perhaps the reason why it's not working is that its parts aren't secure in their placements. So disassemble the appliance again and reassemble it. Ensure that the components have a snug fit. Then, attempt to use to humidifier once more.
Note: Check the different parts for signs of harm. Some of the components that you should pay attention to are the drainage pipe, solenoid valve, and evaporator pad.
If none of these troubleshooting methods work, you may need to send your Aqua Oasis humidifier to a certified and reliable service center. Also, you may need to prepare yourself to spend extra money on a replacement unit if the technician deems your unit to be irreparable.
Why Does My Humidifier Have A Weird Smell?
Improper cleaning might be the reason why your Aqua Oasis humidifier has a strange smell, even after cleaning it. Some possible culprits for the stench are:
If you live in states like Nevada, Arizona, and Texas, you might be dealing with a recurring or persistent hard water issue with your tap. Using water from the tap for your Aqua Oasis humidifier may result in deposits forming in the appliance.
The resulting substance might be difficult to remove using the cleaning methods already mentioned in this post. But you can watch the video below to help you remove hard water deposits from your humidifier if you need help with this concern:
Molds are typically spores or seeds that are seemingly microscopic. But these particles can grow under the right circumstances, particularly in moisture-riddled places.
That also means that mold can grow in your humidifier. In particular, make sure that you dry the appliance completely before reassembling it. Reattaching the parts while it’s still wet may set up the machine to be the next haven for mold and mildew.
Bacterial growth may also occur in a poorly cleaned Aqua Oasis humidifier. So it’s not ideal to wipe the appliance with a clean cloth without using other products, such as a mild liquid detergent or white vinegar.
You can also prevent significant bad bacteria growth in your Aqua Oasis humidifier by replacing its filter. Change this particular component at least once every 3 months to prevent this issue from surfacing. It might also be ideal to purchase a reusable humidifier filter to help you avoid buying that component repeatedly.
Note: Certain Aqua Oasis humidifier models, such as the Cool Mist unit, don't use filters. However, users should still frequently clean those humidifiers to prevent the growth of harmful substances.
Cleaning an Aqua Oasis humidifier needs to happen regularly. Following a routine maintenance program for the appliance should help you gain the most value out of the appliance. Plus, it’ll prevent you from spending more money than needed on a replacement unit if your current model breaks down prematurely.
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