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Replacement part Need to find replacement "plug" for dehumidifier so that unit does not leak when hose is disconnected.

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  • smokeythecat Nov 05, 2008

    the container that catches the water when the dehumidifer is running is leaking and running on the floor,i would like to know how i could buy a new one



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Replacement 'plugs' can be purchased from most hardware stores.
Depending upon their organization, it will/should be in the 'outdoor' section with the hoses...or in the small hardware section (with the dehumidifiers.)

As the bucket has the 'male' end of a hose, and the original cap has been misplaced or broken, then you just need to cap it....or in the case of a leak (smokeythecat) just put in a standard hose washer to tighten the seal.

Just tell the associate what you are trying to do, and they hopefully can take you to either of these sections to locate the part.

However, if the above 'leak' is actually caused by a crack in the bucket....then a new bucket is more expensive than you (I) expected....I have just gone to the local dump...where the appliances are sorted out...looked for a dehumifier and liberated the bucket (the sizes are remarkably universal...
....this can/is/has been a location for the above desired cap as well :)

Hope these solutions help you to 'fix-ya' ....please rank.

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