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Dehumidifier Problems

Humid air is bothersome posing health risks and encouraging pests. Dehumidifiers function to reduce the humidity level in the air and the excess water or ‘condensate’ from it, is drained out to be disposed. Sometimes the dehumidifiers can leak, dispel no water or face compressor issues. If these problems are not too complex you can attempt to fix them. At other times you may need professional intervention.

Listed below are a few questions answered by the Experts on issues related to dehumidifier problems.

The compressor on my Whirlpool dehumidifier turns on and off every 15 seconds. Why is this happening?

When you first turn on the compressor if it clicks on and off it is due to an internal protection system which cuts the mechanism when the compressor is not starting. This is referred to as a seized compressor. On occasions, the electrical connections attached to the compressor terminals may be faulty. You need to check if there are any burnt wires or relay which could be causing the problem. If this is not the case the compressor could be defective. This needs to be repaired by a professional and most times it is more economical to buy a new part rather than repair it.

My Frigidaire dehumidifier does not dehumidify despite setting it on any control including continuous. The air dispelled from it is cool instead of warm. What is the reason?

This is a common dehumidifier problem. The reason could be the compressor could be low on Freon or the Freon is not being pumped down by the compressor at the accurate pressure. The air you are describing as cool is due to the presence of Freon and the evaporator too may be frosting lightly. Generally such an issue cannot be rectified or repaired. Even if you can find a professional to repair this, it can cost over $400. The manufacturer usually provides a one year warranty for this sealed coolant system. Hence if your sealed coolant system’s warranty is active you can have it replaced and if it is out of warranty, it is cheaper to substitute with a new system.

Why is there is no water being eliminated from my five year old Maytag dehumidifier?

Since this is a five year old dehumidifier it may need extensive repair. Generally dehumidifiers should be repaired by professionals and not by the owner or end user. This is due to presence and recovery of the refrigerants as per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules. Dehumidifier repairs could cost at the least $200 for a basic service of refrigerant and unit which is usually done by air conditioner repair facilities or Maytag service center. This is quite exorbitant considering a new or a high quality model is available for lesser.

I want to use continuous drainage on my Frigidaire dehumidifier. Why is there no water being drained by the connected hose? How do I use the external continuous drain feature?

First you need to remove the cap to connect the hose. Next test the drain by removing the hose and checking if water comes out of the portion where the hose attaches to the dehumidifier. If it does, it indicates the problem could be a blocked or clogged hose. If no water comes out, the drain could be internally blocked. Try using a flexible soft probe such as a pipe cleaner to unclog the drain. All this should be done assuming the dehumidifier is working when you use the bucket. Also check for any restrictions or twists in the hose which can prevent water from draining out.

To use the continuous option, turn the unit on using the “ON/OFF” button. The machine should operate on factory setting of “CONTINUOUS” and high fan speed. In this mode, the display will show “CO” and not the room humidity reading. It is recommended to leave the unit running in the “CONTINUOUS” setting for a minimum of three to four days until the sweating and dampness odor is reduced or eradicated.

My Kenmore dehumidifier’s motor is working but no water is coming out even after half an hour. Why?

Remove the back panel and check the compressor which will be similar to an upright cylinder. The compressor should be vibrating when you touch it or you can use a long hollow rod up against one end and check to hear the running noise or vibration on the other end of the compressor. If it is running the problem could be low Freon level which may need to be recharged at an appliance repair shop. If the compressor is not working, there could be a relay interruption which can be fixed by you if you are good with appliance handling. Having the Freon recharged and the compressor replaced could cost approximately $400.

Dehumidifiers can face many other issues minor or major apart from the ones mentioned above. Usually when the coolant system or compressor is affected it could work out to be more reasonable to replace the unit with a new one rather than to repair it. Minor issues such as leaks and blockages could be solved by you if you are comfortable to do so. This is where consulting Experts will help you know the right way to approach your problem and also provide useful information.

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