Troubleshooting your diffuser

Troubleshooting your diffuser

At Essentially Yours, we believe that diffusing pure essential oils is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to experience the powerful beauty of aromatherapy. An essential oil diffuser is a device that disperses pleasant-smelling and therapeutic essential oils throughout the air in a room or workplace. Essential oil diffusion is the perfect method for beginners as there are practically no risks involved.

To get the most out of your aromatherapy diffuser, learning how to trace and correct faults in it is a must. Since ultrasonic essential oil diffusers are widely available and hugely popular, we’ve decided to dedicate this article to them. Read on to find out what you should do if your ultrasonic diffuser is malfunctioning.

  • My diffuser doesn’t work at all. This problem can be caused by a number of reasons, including a faulty power cable, a loose adapter connection, and insufficient water in the reservoir. It goes without saying that if your power cable is damaged, replacing it is a must. If this isn’t the cause of the issue, we suggest making sure you are using the right power adapter as well as checking that it’s securely plugged into the socket. It’s also smart to ensure that the other end of the power supply is plugged into your device.

As mentioned above, low water levels can be the reason why your diffuser doesn’t work, i.e. there’s no diffusion. However, too much water can be problematic too. If you overfill your device with water and the water overflows, it can reach the diffuser’s electrical components and cause a short circuit. The smartest thing to do in this scenario is to unplug the device from the power source, clean it, and leave it to dry for a couple of days.

  • There’s little or no diffusion. If the diffusion is weaker/lower than usual, we advise you to take the following steps:
    • Clean your diffuser (removing oil residuals will not only prevent the emission of unpleasant smells when the next essential oil is being diffused, but will also help the device maintain its optimal performance);
    • Make sure you are using filtered, tap, or spring water (distilled water may affect the diffusion);
    • Make sure the water level is correct (it’s often recommended to fill the water reservoir slightly below the maximum fill line);
    • Make sure the fan vents aren’t blocked (the easiest way to do this is to operate your diffuser on any level and hard surface);
    • Ensure that the water level sensor is clean and unobstructed; and
    • If everything is in order, unplug the device, wait for a few minutes, refill it, and restart it.
  • The water is too hot. This is another common problem. In addition to cleaning your unit, checking the water level, and ensuring the fan vent isn’t blocked, you should also turn your diffuser off, unplug it, and let it cool down. Running your device for extended time periods can result in a temperature increase. If nothing helps, chances are your diffuser is damaged and needs professional repair.

Has your ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser ever developed an issue? How did you solve it? Are there any pieces of practical advice you would like to share with the rest of the Essentially Yours community? Feel free to let us know!