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Frida Humidifier Not Working? Here’s What You Can Do!

My nephew is quite fond of his Frida Baby 3-in-1 humidifier. He loves how quietly it operates and finds the nightlight to be captivating. One day, he came running to me with concern because his Frida humidifier wasn’t working. Without much ado, I inspected the issue and managed to resolve it in a mere 5 minutes.

If your Frida humidifier isn’t working, it’s quite likely that it has either run out of water or the diaphragm is dirty. However, the issue might go beyond these common problems.

I will address all the potential causes and provide corresponding solutions in this post. With these solutions, you’ll be able to resolve the problem swiftly.

Let’s start to troubleshoot it!

Frida humidifier is not working and the nightlight can’t turn on 

If your Frida humidifier suddenly stops working, I’d recommend starting by checking the nightlight button.

Because the nightlight can function on its own, if you find it’s not turning on, it’s likely an indication that there’s an issue with the power supply. There are four common causes:

1. It is not plugged in. If your machine can’t receive power, it will not work.

2. The power is off or the breaker is tripped. Take a look at other appliances in your room. If they all stop working at the same time, it means that the power is off or the circuit breaker is tripped.

3. The outlet is not working. If other devices are functioning properly, you can plug one of them into the outlet connected to your Frida humidifier. If that device also doesn’t work, it’s an indication that the outlet itself is faulty.

4. The internal circuitry has a problem. If neither of the two mentioned causes applies, the problem should be due to your humidifier itself. The internal circuitry seems to have a problem, preventing the atomizer from functioning properly.


After confirming that your other appliances are functioning, reinsert the cord of your Frida humidifier securely. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, consider plugging it into a different functional outlet.

If it still fails to start working, it’s advisable to get in touch with the manufacturer to inquire about a replacement, especially if the device is still under warranty. Opting for professional repair could prove expensive and might even exceed the cost of purchasing a new unit.

Frida humidifier stops working after blinking blue 3 times

This is exactly the scenario my young nephew experienced. Upon turning the knob, he noticed that his Frida Baby humidifier blinked blue three times and then ceased to operate.

Fortunately, this is one of the simplest problems to resolve. It’s actually a feature of the Frida humidifier designed to alert you that the water level in the base has dropped too low.

But on rare occasions, it could blink when the water tank is full of water.


All you need to do is switch off your humidifier and refill the water tank with fresh water. When you turn the humidifier back on, it should return to its regular operation, and the nightlight should no longer blink blue automatically.

In case your humidifier has sufficient water but the issue persists, you should consider resetting your Frida humidifier. Allow it to remain switched on for approximately 5 hours on a solid surface – this should resolve the problem.

Frida humidifier doesn’t produce mist

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When a Frida humidifier’s water level is low, it won’t generate mist, and the nightlight will flash. However, occasionally, it might not disperse mist even if the nightlight isn’t blinking blue.

If this is the situation, there’s a strong possibility that the diaphragm (transducer) is blocked. Excessive sediment buildup around the diaphragm can impede its usual rapid vibration, resulting in a reduced mist output.


You need to clean your Frida humidifier right now. Instead of solely focusing on cleaning the diaphragm, I strongly advise you to clean the entire humidifier unit.

Prepare a solution by combining 1 teaspoon of white vinegar with 1 teaspoon of water, and then add this mixture to both the base and the water tank. Allow it to sit for about half an hour to help dissolve any scale buildup.

Don’t forget to rinse it out before putting it back. 

Frida humidifier makes a loud noise 

The base of a Frida Baby humidifier contains numerous electrical components. If you notice a loud noise emanating from your device, it’s an indication that some of these components may not be functioning properly.

One common reason for this problem is an uneven placement of the base.

Have you relocated your humidifier recently? If so, it could be the cause.


Place your humidifier on a flat surface that is at least 3 feet away from your bed.

Frida humidifier has a bad smell 

Enduring a humidifier that keeps emitting mist with an unpleasant odor can be quite bothersome. Naturally, your primary goal is to halt this situation as swiftly as you can.

Nine times out of ten, the smell comes from the mold and bacteria that thrives in your humidifier. Sometimes, the electrical component can also result in this situation. 


In addition to cleaning your humidifier with a vinegar solution, you should also consider disinfecting it. 

Like disinfecting other humidifiers, you can mix 1 teaspoon of bleach with 1 gallon of water and pour it into the tank and base. Similarly, let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse it with running water.

In conclusion 

After going through this troubleshooting guide, I’m confident you’ve gained some insights into addressing issues with a Frida humidifier that is not working.

In numerous instances, the cause could be attributed to mineral buildup within the water tank and the base.

Given the small opening of the water tank, it’s often challenging to visually assess its cleanliness. Hence, the best course of action is to clean it regularly.

Additionally, remember to refill the water tank daily to prevent any disruptions in its operation.

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Liz Yang is the founder of Airsmartly. She has been working at home for a few years and realizes that the performance of the HVAC system plays such an important role in our life. She has tested more than 150 products in person, including humidifiers, air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and ACs, and wants to share tips about using or troubleshooting these products with you. Her uncle is an HVAC expert with over 30 years of experience in the field, and often offers assistance when she is unsure how to handle a situation. He is also in charge of reviewing the articles on this site.

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