OK well my heater plate and bottom of tank are both cold in the am. Not even slightly warm and I have the humidity setting at 4. So I'm wondering if that part of it is even working. It is after all just a loaner machine.
Thanks zonk!! That was helpful. Now at least I know it does in fact work. Not sure why the tank and heater plate both feel really cold in the a.m., but after doing the above linked test, I know it works.
If I buy and use a Climate Line heated tube would I then just not bother pre-warming the tank? Does the Climate Line heated tube feel hot to the touch? How does such a thing work, assuming it is safe from shocks or other dangerous things?
First, if the S9 and A10 humidifiers respond to the humidity in the room, which I suspect that they do, it would be normal for the heater not to be running most mornings, if you are not running air conditioning. The reason for this is that as the room cools off during the night, the relative humidity increases and so by morning the ambient humidity may be high enough that the humidifier does not need to increase it any further.
OK, sounds reasonable. And no, wasn't running A/C. Thanks.
Any morning you wake up and find the lawn is wet from dew will mean the previous night had 100% humidity during part of its span. On those nights, your humidifier will use less water.
Furthermore, if the hickory nuts have a hull thinner than 1/8", it will be a mild winter...thicker than 1/8" means a colder winter with extra snowfall.
I learned all of that from Charlie Thomas, my grandfather. I try to plug him every chance I get. R.I.P. pawpaw.
ps. I suspect there is indeed a humidistat controlling the heater on the humidifier of the S9.