I have a Hampton Bay HB50 dehumidifier, when I plug it in and turn on the unit it trips the breaker. I checked the leads on the Compressor with an ohm meter they measure about 5.6 ohms. If I disconnect the compressor the fan runs fine. Could this be the capacitor or do you think it is the compressor? Is there any way to isolate it?
If it is the compressor I would assume these are throw away units is that true?
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Re: Dehumidifier tripping the breaker
Be very careful - with the unit unplugged - try shorting the capacitor with an insulated screwdriver. if you get a healthy spark - the cap is probably ok. if you don't replace the cap. the cap is used in the motor's start winding.
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Good Afternoon Dennis - Often when this occurs, it is
because there are too many appliances on the circuit or something may have a
weak or poor breaker. Try plugging the unit in a different location or on its
own circuit. If the issue continues, then it could also be possible that
something shorted within the unit. So in this case, because it is a smaller
appliance, repairs are often more costly than the actual unit replacement. You
may want to check and see if your dehumidifier is still under warranty and if
so, reach out to the manufacturer to determine the exact warranty coverage.
Thanks for allowing me to help you.
First, check the outlet that it's plugged into, to make sure that there's still power to the outlet. If there isn't, then the circuit breaker for that outlet has been tripped, in your home's circuit breaker panel. Leave the dehumidifier unplugged and reset the circuit breaker. If it trips again, without the dehumidifier unplugged, then the outlet is at fault. Perhaps there's a loose wire connection or the interior of the outlet is cracked.
If it didn't trip without the dehumidifier plugged in, plug the unit it in,. But, before you do, make sure the dehumidifier's Master ON/OFF Switch is OFF. Once it's plugged in, turn the Master ON/OFF Switch to ON and set your controls. If it runs now, GREAT! If it trips the circuit breaker again, there's either a short in the power cord or an internal electrical short. Which will require extensive troubleshooting to find.
Hope this helps you solve the problem. Please let me know. Thanks.
the motor is tight, (can't turn) lubricate the motor bearings with light machine oil. retest. rust causes this. the motor "tries" to turn, more power is needed, still can't turn, power exceeds safe limits: breaker trips.
Not very likely check your paperwork what warranty did you get when you purchased this unit? you might have completed some papers and returned them to an address for the warranty to be accepted. It sounds to me like the unit is going straight to earth when switched on, this looks like a compressor fault, but would have to be checked to be sure.
compressor problem. Talked with coworker who had the same problem. He brought his in for repair and was told the compressor needed to be replaced. The cost of compressor close to the cost of a new unit so time for a new one.