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Dehumidifier not making water

There are a number of things that cause a dehumidifier to stop making water. None of them good. A faulty thermostat. A small leak which requires repair and recharge of refrigerant. A bad compressor. A bad capacitor. The list goes on.

As an air conditioning mechanic, I earn a good wage. Add cost of a vehicle, auto insurance, gasoline, cost of inventory, the person that answers the phone at the office, liability insurance, unemployment insurance, workman's compensation insurance, payroll taxes, taxes on inventory, my accountant's fees, my attorney's fees the donations to the local little league teams, cost to purchase and maintain my large number of highly specialized tools and instruments .... My hourly rate, depending on what part of the country I'm in, is at least $75.00. Add $25 to $75 for the most basic of parts. Your repair is going to run at least $100.00.

Unless your dehumidifier is a very large, commercial unit, it will be much less expensive and quicker for you to go to Walmart, Kmart, Target or the Big Box store of your choice and get another one.

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Our new Santa-Fe Classic dehumidifier is leaking water from the bottom of the unit. It's also sending a small amount of water correctly through the tube for dispersal. We've only had it for two days!


The classic model drains thru the clear hose using gravity. The drip pan in that unit is about 1/2 way up in the cabinet. Make sure the drain hose exits the unit and runs flat or downhill. If the drain hose is coiled vertically or run up hill causing water to trap within the hose it can cause water to back up in the dehumidifier drip pan and overflow causing your problem. If your drain is higher than the base of the dehumidifier, you can raise the dehumidifier or you can purchase a condensate pump kit that will allow the drain water to be pumped up to 15 feet above the dehumidifier.

The drain hose may have become disconnected from the drip pan as well. To check, turn off the humidistat to stop the dehumidifier from running. Next disconnect the cord from the power supply. Remove the six screws holding the cabinet side (with the label) from the cabinet and remove the cabinet side. The drain hose connects to a nipple on the bottom of the drip pan.

Contact Therma-Stor service for further inquiries at 1-800-533-7533 - they are located in the USA and are very helpful.

Sep 07, 2011 | Therma-Stor Santa Fe Dehumidifier

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The coolant is getting hot causing the engine to overheat.


This could have several causes. Is the coolant tank full? Is the coolant relatively fresh and a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze?
Does the heat gauge jump up to hot and then fall back rapidly at some point or just rise and keep climbing? If so, it is the thermostat. Is there a leak evident under the car? If so, it could be a bad water pump. The water pump has a small weep hole and if there is water at that point the pump needs to be replaced. If none of this is the cause, then it could be a plugged radiator or a faulty cap located on the radiator or the coolant overflow tank.

Sep 19, 2010 | 1998 Cadillac DeVille

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overheating


Overheating can be caused by several things including low/no coolant, blocked/broken hose, faulty water pump, stuck thermostat. CHeck the coolant level in the over flow tank and in the radiator itself. If it's low you know you have a leak somewhere. If it's full you know the coolant isn't circulating through the system.

Let the car run until it heats up then feel the upper and lower hoses on the radiator, they should both be hot and firm when the coolant is circulating. If the top is hot and the bottom is cool and pliable then you know the coolant isn't going through. The most common cause of this is a thermostat that isn't opening. Look to make sure the water pump is operating properly, that's what circulates the water through the motor.

If you suspect a leak then you need to find where it's coming from. Check around the head/intake gaskets for signs of leakage as well as around the side tanks on the radiator and all hoses and connections.

Start with the small/obvious things first and progress from there. Good luck.

May 23, 2010 | 1994 Cadillac Eldorado

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Dehumidifier Does Not Collect Water


Hi,
A dehumidifier is just a refrigerating machine with it's shirt hanging out and there is not much in the way of serviceable parts inside.
If the compressor runs - the throbbing sound - and it doesn't collect water then either the intake filter screen is totally clogged with fluff or the compressor has leaked it's gas away, in which case it might run continuously and get hot to no good effect.

If it doesn't run then it may be that the motor capacitor has failed, but that can soon lead to the compressor motor cooking itself; leaving you with an expensive doorstop.

The one thing you might get checked is the "bucket full" switch. There will be a floating part on the bucket which rises up when the bucket fills and eventually makes contact with another part which is connected to a small switch. If that switch has failed you might be lucky and get an inexpensive repair job done.

If these suggestions do help you solve the problem, please give my reply a suitable rating. If they do not, please add a comment with more details so I can try to help you further.
Cheers, D

Jul 01, 2008 | Dehumidifiers

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