Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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Diffusers are awesome contraptions. They spread wonderful scents around your home without the need for the open flame that candles need. This is a lifesaver for those of us with fuzzy houseguests like my cat who likes to knock anything and everything off of surfaces for no reason other than to establish dominance. But if your diffuser is not working, it can be a pain to troubleshoot. Luckily, we're here with all of the advice you could possibly need.
If your diffuser is not working, check the water levels, that it's plugged in, and test your power source. Keep reading for the rest you'll need to know!
Now without further ado, let's get into it, shall we?
There's a lot that can go wrong with such a small device. We'll start with the easy stuff, and move on in time to the more complicated stuff so you waste as little time as possible getting this sorted. First things first - what is it doing?
Here's what to look for if your diffuser won't do anything :
Especially if you have too much water in the diffuser (or some spilt in with the oils), you're going to need to clean it out. Unplug the unit, remove all of the water, and clean it out. The oil and remaining water will need to evaporate before you can use it again - this usually takes at least a day.
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You should begin by checking everything above, minus the power-related bits. Make sure it has (undistilled) water, ensure it's filled to the proper level, and clean it out (see below to learn how). After that, if it's still running weakly, try the following:
First things first - don't run your diffuser 24/7. Like all electronics, it can and will heat up with time. Additionally, really, really hot water is a sign that you overfilled the diffuser. Refill it to the proper level - overfilling can cause water damage. To prevent overheating, do the following:
Check all of the above. This includes cleaning, air intake check, and ensuring it's on a hard and level surface. Also, try restarting the device with new water - including the power cycle. If that doesn't work, you have a defective item.
Just as with all things in life, it's super important that you regularly clean your diffuser. Isn't adulthood fun! You get to clean everything, all of the time!
And make sure to read the instructions before cleaning, some models require special treatment . Here's how to clean a diffuser properly:
Maintaining diffusers is a surprisingly involved task. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised, as it is oil that we're using to make the house smell lovely, but I am nonetheless. Perhaps the most important tip I can give you is that it's vital that you clean your diffuser between every use . Yes, it seems excessive; yes, it's a pain; and yes, if you don't, you will end up with a damaged diffuser.
Beyond that, if you notice it's acting strangely, go through the above steps. Clean it first, check that the diffuser is on a hard, level surface, and switch plugins. And never, ever use distilled water. This is because distilled water has had the minerals removed, making it harder for your water to vaporize and diffuse the essential oils inside. It won't actively damage your diffuser, but it will make it work much less efficiently.
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