Bionaire BU5100, BU5200 User Manual

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ULTRASONIC humidifier




© 2007 Sunbeam Products, Inc. doing business as Jarden Consumer Solutions. All Rights Reserved.

Printed in China




Instruction Manual

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Thank you for purchasing this Bionaire® product. We understand the value of quality and are committed to making superior products that stand the test of time. We trust this product will exceed your expectations of quality and reliability. We hope that you enjoy this product and will consider purchasing another Bionaire® product in the future.

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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. DO 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 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 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.

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 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.

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 humidity.

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 liquids.

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 tank.

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 completely.

27.Use both hands when carrying full tank of water.



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NOTE: This is an electrical appliance and requires attention when in use.

NOTE: If moisture forms on the walls or windows of the room, turn off the humidifier. The room already has plenty of humidity and additional moisture may cause damage.

NOTE: DO NOT block air inlet or outlet.


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.


1.Be sure the humidifier is switched off (the Slider Wheel

(C)is turned all the way towards " O" position).

2.Select a location for your humidifier, on a flat level surface about 4 inch away from the wall. DO NOT place the humidifier on a finished floor or near furniture, which can be damaged by too much moisture or water. Place on a moisture resistant surface.

3.Remove the tank from the main housing.

4.Bring the tank to the sink, turn upside down and twist off the tank cap by turning counter clockwise. Fill tank with cool, fresh tap water. DO NOT fill with warm water as this may cause leaking. Replace the cap on tank FIRMLY. The tank capacity and run time for each model are listed below:



























Tank Capacity



Runs Up To (hrs)






























































































































































































































































5.Place tank back on to the base. The tank will immediately begin to empty into the base.

6.Plug the humidifier into a 120V electrical outlet.


1.To turn the humidifier on, switch the Slider Wheel (C) to

produce the highest moisture level ( ). A lower setting will produce lower moisture level but with longer run time (for BU5000 and BU5100 only). The detailed

settings for each model are shown as below: BU5000: Off ( O) - Low ( ) - High ( ) BU5100: Off ( O ) - High ( )

BU5200: Off ( O) - On ( )

2.When the humidifier runs out of water, the transducer will automatically shut off and the fan will keep running to dry any residual water out of the base and chamber.

3.Once the tank is empty, turn the the Slider Wheel to the Off position ( O) and unplug the unit.

4.Before refilling the tank, empty any residual water from the base and tank. Follow daily maintenance instructions.

Figure 1












































































A. Tank


B. Humidifier Base

C. Slider Wheel


D. Transducer




(not shown on


(not shown on




E. Humidifier Top Cover

F. Fan Outlet




(BU5200 Only)


(not shown on BU5200)



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5.Fill tank with cool, fresh tap water. DO NOT fill with warm water as this may cause leaking. Replace the cap on tank FIRMLY. Follow step 5-6 in pre-operating instructions.

WARNING: DO NOT move the humidifier with water in the tank or the humidifier base. The moving action of the water may activate the water tank’s release nozzle and overfill the humidifier base. This may cause the humidifier to function intermittently, or stop emitting mist. Should this occur, simply remove the excess water from the humidifier base.

IMPORTANT: If you do not plan to use your humidifier for two or more days, make sure any residual water is drained from the water tank and base to prevent any algae or bacteria growth in stagnant water. Make sure the tank is dry.


Humidifiers provide comfort by adding moisture to dry, heated indoor air. To benefit most from the humidifier and avoid product misuse, follow all instructions carefully. 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 guidelines, micro-organisms may be able to grow in the water within the humidifier's tank. 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 tank from the humidifier and place in sink or tub.

3.Drain any remaining water and rinse thoroughly to remove any sediment or dirt. Wipe clean and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.

4.Refill with cool tap water. Do not overfill.



To Remove Scale:


1. Repeat steps 1-3 above.


2. Clean the base by partially filling


Figure 2

it with one 8-oz cups of undiluted


white vinegar or by using Cleanse


CleanTM Solution (DMS216) by the


manufacturer. Leave this solution


in the tank for 20 minutes, while


cleaning all interior surfaces with a


soft brush.


Gently scrub the area around the transducer with a soft brush. Remove the scale by wiping the entire base with a cloth dampened with undiluted white vinegar.

3.Rinse clean with warm water to remove cleaning solution before disinfecting the tank.

To Disinfect Tank

1.Fill humidifier tank 1/2 full with water and 1/2 tablespoon of chlorine bleach.

2.Let the solution stand for 20 minutes, swishing every few minutes. Wet all surfaces.

3.Carefully empty the tank after 20 minutes, and rinse with warm water until you can not detect any bleach smell. Dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.

4.Refill the water tank as directed in Operating Instructions, and turn the unit on.




• What are the

The estimated run time for this

variables that

humidifier is based on average room

affect run time?

conditions. The actual run time of your


humidifier is dependent on numerous


variables such as:


1. Air exchange in the room where


the humidifier is placed.


2. Room construction where the


humidifier is placed.


3. Temperature of the room where


the humidifier is placed.


4. Humidity levels in the room where


the humidifier is placed.


5. Movement of occupants and the


opening and closing of doors in the


room where the humidifier is placed.


6. Home furnishings in the room


where the humidifier is placed.

• How do I

See Daily Maintenance instructions.

remove film on

Regular cleaning is recommended.

water tank?




• How can I

1. Run your unit on the lowest setting.

extend the

(not applicable to BU5200)

run time?

2. Fill the tank all the way full, place it


on the base, let the water empty


into the base until it stops bubbling,


then refill the tank full again. This


ensures maximum water capacity


and will extend run time.





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Troubleshooting for your

Ultrasonic Humidifier


Probable Cause



• Water Leaks

Tank rubber ring is

Remove tank

from tank


cap and replace



or reposition ring.


Cap not tight enough.

Tighten the cap.


Tank water is Hot.

Fill with cool



water only.





• Crack in tank

Hot water will cause

Fill with cool


tank to pressurize.

water only.


Tanks will crack if

Handle tank with


hit or dropped.






• Film on tank

Mineral deposits




tank as instructed



in weekly clean-



ing instructions.






When not using your humidifier for an extended period of time:

1.Clean, rinse and thoroughly dry the humidifier as directed in weekly maintenance. DO NOT leave any water in the unit when storing. Leaving water in the unit may render the unit inoperable for the following season.

2.Place the humidifier in the original carton and store in a cool, dry place.


To order the replacement accessories you can do any of the following:

Visit your local retailer

Go to

Call consumer service at 1-800-253-2764


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 humidifier 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.This humidifier is equipped with an agency required overflow feature. To prevent spillage or overflow of water, avoid tilting the humidifier while carrying.

Should your humidifier require service, please call 1-800-253-2764 in North America for further assistance.

Overflow Feature BU5000

Overflow Feature BU5100

Overflow Feature BU5200



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4.If you have any other questions or comments, feel free to write to us or visit our website


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 tornadoes.

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 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 you.

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 1-800-253-2764 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 1-800-253-2764 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 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.