Oil Diffuser Not Working? How to fix your diffuser


If your oil diffuser is not working, there could be several reasons why. This blog post will discuss the ten most common reasons oil diffusers stop working. We will also provide tips on fixing the issue and getting your oil diffuser up and running again!

To ensure that your diffuser is working correctly, make sure that you have the correct water level, your diffuser is placed on an even surface, your device is free of blockages, the diffuser is correctly connected to a power source, and there is no water or physical damage to the components.

Below we will explore why your diffuser is not working and how you can troubleshoot the issues. There are several reasons why your oil diffuser may have stopped working, and you must follow the steps to remove all possibilities.

1. Make sure that your diffuser is plugged in correctly.

Before operating your device and making adjustments, ensure no power is running through your diffuser. You want to confirm this before making any changes to your device. This will stop any short circuits or the risk of electrocution.

Firstly, make sure that your diffuser is plugged into the mains. First, you want to check this to avoid wasting time moving through the following steps. If the diffuser still does not work in the current plug socket – insert a different device to rule out a blown a fuse or issue with the outlet. If something is wrong with the outlet and not the device, the second device should work.

Once you have checked that the mains are working, you will want to check the connector in the rear of the diffuser. On most diffusers, the plug and wire is a separate component that plugs into a socket on the back of the diffuser. If these can separate, remove the wire from the socket and ensure that the plug is firmly in the back of the diffuser. 

2. Check the water level of your diffuser.

Often diffusers will turn off automatically when the water level becomes too low. This will instantly stop the diffuser from working until it replenishes the water level. This prevents the diffuser from becoming damaged through dry cycles.

To resolve the problem of your diffuser water level being too low, open your diffuser to find the water tray. On the tray, you will find a water fill line. If the water is below this line, or even lower, fill the tray with water up to the fill line.

3. Make sure your diffuser is on an even surface.

If your diffuser is not on an even surface, the device will often not work as intended. Diffusers are created to work when on a flat surface optimally. This is because liquids are present within your device – including your fragrance and water. In the scenario where your device is not on a flat surface, this liquid will not be able to vaporise optimally. Ensure that you place your diffuser on a flat surface away from any location where passers-by will knock it.

4. Check the diffuser fan is working correctly.

If your diffuser has a fan, make sure that it is not blocked by anything and is free of dust. A blocked or dusty fan will cause your diffuser to work less effectively and is essential for diffusing your mist into the air. You may also find that your fan is broken or cracked. This will also stop your diffuser from circulating mists from your diffuser outlet.

Take the time to find the fan within your diffuser and inspect the part. Turn on your device and ensure that the fan rotates as expected. If either of these checks does not pass, you will need to replace your fan. In some cases, you can get these from the manufacturer of your device. If the device is in warranty, you can also get the product replaced.

Depending on the price of your diffuser, at this point, you may want to replace your diffuser with a new device. The fan is a crucial component in your diffuser, and without it, your device will not work as intended.

5. Check the diffuser outlets for blockages.

Usually, a blockage in your diffusers will only occur in those diffusers that have been in use for a long time. However, you need to ensure your device is cleaned regularly to ensure the diffuser works efficiently.

First, check the diffuser outlet (where the mist comes from) for any blockages. If there are any blockages or residue from the essential oils, make sure the outlet is clean. If the diffuser still does not work, take the diffuser apart and clean all of the parts of your diffuser to ensure that mineral deposits are removed from the workings of the device. 

6. Check for water damage inside the diffuser.

If your diffuser has any water damage, it will not work correctly. This is often caused by placing your diffuser on an uneven surface or in the scenario where your diffuser is knocked or dropped. The liquid inside the diffuser can spill over into the main electronics of your device. Another cause is overfilling your water and essential oil diffuser tray – never fill over the maximum fill line.

There are many preventions in place in more expensive units to stop this from happening, but you will still want to check this potential issue if other solutions have not worked. You will want to take your diffuser apart and check for water in any area of your device outside of the essential oil and water trays.

Ensure your device is unplugged and gently soak up any excess water with an absorbent paper towel. Now leave your device unplugged and allow the device to dry out in a warm location or the sun. Once reassembled, refill your device with water and essential oil and plug the device back in. Your device should now work.

7. Check the essential oil used in your diffuser.

The oil you use in your diffuser is also a crucial component of the diffusing process. If you are using an oil that is not meant to be diffused, this oil will not vaporise and turn into a mist. The oil you use should also be diluted before being used in your diffuser.

There are many oil diffusers on the market that come with a measuring cup to ensure you do not use too much oil in your diffuser. If you do not have a measuring cup, make sure to use no more than three to five drops of oil in your diffuser. If you are still having diffuser issues, make sure to check the oil type that you are using. Some oil diffusers will not work with certain oil types.

8. Check the type of water that you are using

The type of water you use in your diffuser is also crucial to the efficiency of your device. Using hard water can often leave mineral residue in your diffuser if you are using hard water. This residue will then build up over time and cause your diffuser to work less efficiently. If you use distilled water, this can affect the diffusion of your oils into the surrounding area.

Only use spring water or filtered water in your diffuser to combat this. This will help to remove any unwanted residue and ensure your diffuser works correctly.

9. Check the wattage of your diffuser.

The wattage of your diffuser is also a crucial factor in the efficiency of your device. If you are using a diffuser that is not meant for the size of your room, this can often lead to diffuser issues concerning scent throw.

Check the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure your diffuser is the correct wattage for your room size. This will help you determine the correct wattage for your diffuser and ensure it works correctly.

Your oil diffuser is an essential part of your daily routine. It can help improve your mood, provide you with energy, and help focus your mind. However, if your oil diffuser is not working correctly, it can be a frustrating experience.

10. Replace your diffuser with a new one.

If you have tried all of the above solutions and your diffuser is still not working, it may be time to replace your diffuser with a brand-new one. There are many oil diffusers on the market, and finding the one that is best for you may take some time. With so many oil diffusers available, there is sure to be one that meets your needs and budget. When purchasing a new oil diffuser, make sure to do your research to find the one that will work best for you and your home.

Final Thoughts

We hope you have enjoyed this article and that it has helped you determine why your oil diffuser is not working. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We would be more than happy to help you in any way we can. Until next time!

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