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Blinking bucket full light and humidity setting stuck at '01%'

I recently noticed that my Kenmore 50 pint (54501) dehumifier stopped working. If I unplug it then replug it in, it sounds like the compressor (and possibly the fan) is turning on, but after about 1-2 seconds, they shut off and the "Humidity setting" gets set at 01%. They bucket full red light blinks periodically (maybe every second or two). The "energy timer" and "fan speed" settings can be changed, but obviously don't do much without any fan or compressor activity. I cannot adjust the humidity setting at all. If I remove the (empty) bucket the display does not change, but there are some extra beeps that occur. Recently the unit was moved when a contractor was doing some work in that area. Any ideas what the problem could be?

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  • Eric Kenoff Dec 20, 2007

    In the end, I took it to sears and I think they fixed it for a pretty reasonable price. It was a while ago so I don't remember the exact price. I think they fixed the display panel.

  • tjsoko Sep 06, 2008

    Same exact problem as EKDIY. If control panel is bad, I'm guessing that is an easy fix: six screws and one ribbon cable. Waiting for reply. thanks.

  • dbonhaus Dec 02, 2008

    Kenmore 54501. Have the same problem with the "01%" error. Thinking about fixing myself and spoke to CSR parts at Sears and they mentioned that most people get the "PWB (PCB) assembly main" part replaced. Does this sound like the 'brains' of the unit? Would like to know if anyone has replaced this and got the unit to work or not? BTW, part is $12 and sounds worth a try! THX!

  • jgolf Dec 31, 2008

    I now have the same problem, e.g., blinking full light, .01% humidity, etc.; am trying to determine from the above msg traffic, was the display panel or the PWB the fix?

    Many thx, jgolf

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    shows P-1 error code; can't switch to Normal, can't set humidity, panel seems inoperative. Bucket is empty, manually depressing full switch does nothing. second Comfort-Aire unit to fail in under 2 yrs run time; same issue



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Yes but i might be late. if you still have this let me know

Posted on Dec 19, 2007

  • Geterdun Dec 22, 2007

    great sounds like they did the right thing.



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