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Subject: Re: Electric valves for humidifier Date: 2/8/2013 5:44 PM
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First guess, it's not time it's cycles. Maybe the solenoid will work for 10000 cycles, on average. In your humidifier setup they get that in 2 years, while in a fridge it's 10.

Especially if the 'fill light' goes off soon after the water starts filling.
I can easily see it adding only a small amount at a time, which results in numerous cyclings each day.

Another issue could be that it has a small current going through continuously on the solenoid.
A small relay to isolate the light circuit from the solenoid would allow you to isolate if it's a current/voltage issue.

I think there are also time-delay relays that if it's a short-cycle thing would potentially help.
But that may be more expensive a solution than is worth it.
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