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Burning/hot smell coming from my dehumidifier!

I am wondering about a scary smell coming from my unit while it was operating - I happened to come into the basement, and encountered a hot/burning smell from the unit. After unplugging it, I checked the top and back of it - both surfaces were hot to the touch. Is it a goner?

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SOURCE: my dehumidifier is smelling up the room it smells

Clean any filters and wash water container with hot water and white vinegar.

Posted on Jun 27, 2009

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