Question about Kenmore Dehumidifiers
It has worked fine up until about a month ago when it started freezing up. I turned it off and let the ice melt. I turned it back on and I saw the ice had started to come back so I turned it off.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Kenmore dehumidifier model 5230
have same problem of frosting. tried all combinations of humidity and speed settings. its still cold in basement so i fired up a small space heater. after 5 days still no results. seperate humidistat reads 83%. help please.
Posted on May 19, 2008
SOURCE: Ice on dehumidifier
A dehumidifier works by cooling the metal pipes on the back of the unit to create condensation (water vapor in the air). This then drips into the collector bucket. If the unit runs too long the cooling tubes can get too cold and freeze the condesing water vapor. Unplug the dehumidifier and let the ice melt, when u turn it back on, turn it down, it may be up too high. If you find this solution helpful please rate it.
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Posted on Jun 24, 2008
My unit does not collect water any more. It was fine until I lent it to my brother in law and it was returned damaged. Do you know how to fix this
Posted on Mar 28, 2009
SOURCE: dehumidifier freezes up
Most dehumidifiers need warmer air to work properly. The temperature in a basement is usually 60 - 65F; too cool for standard models. You could buy a "basement" dehumidifier. They're designed to work at lower temperatures; some as low as 40 F. Costs are about the same as a standard dehumidifier; you just have to find it.
For a cheap fix, try this; it seems to be working for me.
Since the condensate coil (the one icing up) is cold, the air entering it is too cool and the condensate frosts up the coil. Additional condensate freezes to the frost and before you know it, you've got a block of ice. Since the air coming out of the front is very warm take a large piece of cardboard around 6' x 3') and form a V. Placed it in front of the dehumidifier so it channels some of the warm air back to the rear where it warms the moist air up before it hits the cooling fins. It's helped keep the ice down.
If you want something attractive, any screen that redirects some of the air back to the rear will work. Just leave the top open so it doesn't get too hot and the some of the drier air gets out into the room.
Posted on Jun 22, 2009
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