Question about Dehumidifiers

1 Answer

Electrohome dehumidifier stopped working

My old Electrohome Desertaire 36 model EDQ36 has stopped working.
When I plugged it in the fan didn't start but the compressor did and the tubes in the back started to get cold until I started to turn the knob and then it shut off too. If I turn the humidity knob you can hear a click as if it wants to start. Question: if the fan has gone, will this stop the compressor working? Can I check if the fan has gone - or the switch, maybe?

I went out and bought a whirlpool 70 pint model and have had it for a few days. I works okay but it rattles and it runs all the time. I called Whirlpool and they told me it's a design fault and they are getting lots of complaints as it's costing a lot to run it when it's not necessary. I want my old Electrohome to work. It's served well for 20 years. I don't want this modern piece of rubbish! Even Whirlpool told me ''They don't make things to last.'' It seem to me this is an environmental disaster. It uses a lot of electricity when it doesn't need to and then in a couple of years it goes in a landfill site.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

PS. Is there a properly made dehumidifier on the market today? I need it to keep the basement dry.

Posted by on

  • cdch364 May 27, 2009

    I've taken out the fan/motor as it seem to have gone. It's very stiff to turn. There is power going from the humidistat to the fan. So I guess that means if I replace the fan motor it will work. I've found one place that has the motor at $75, which seems a bit high, but they are the only place so far that's got one.

    Thanks blueberry78 for your help. The Electrohome is actually made by Woods as per your example above.




1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Expert
  • 72 Answers

I have no experience of your particular machine but I have some experience of my Wood's DS-15, another fine machine of the compressor type that is built to last. They should be rather similar in design.

My first thought when I read your problem description is that you have a severe buildup of dust inside the machine. On the Wood's, you loosen the front grill and behind it you will see the fan, behind the fan is the condenser pack, and then you get to the evaporator coils that are visible from the back of the machine.

Maybe the configuration is slightly different on your machine but they are built very simple these machines, easy to see what they need in order to work as designed and you already know the most central and expensive parts seem ok.

I had some problems with low efficiency on the unit after six years daily service in a laundry room for drying clothes, took it apart and couldn't believe the amount of dust that was packed into the fine fins of the condenser on its back side! Also extremely much dust on most components like the fan.

I just took it outside and blew it clean from the front side with compressed air, problem solved and machine performance went back up to where it was when new!

I would imagine after a few more years of dust buildup inside, at one point or another the dust will reach the fan and prevent it from spinning. It is also possible of course that the fan motor is shot but I'd start with a really good cleaning.

If that doesn't help I'd continue with the multimeter see if the humidistat gives power to the fan and compressor when it should, if the fan actually spins when powered, if the switches work. It should be quite easy to track down the reason the fan doesn't spin, IMO. I believe you can buy replacement humidistats and motors if they turn out to be faulty.

Good luck!

Posted on May 26, 2009

  • Håkan Sterner May 26, 2009

    PS. I wouldn't think too hard on the question you had since there is also a defrost cycle involved, here the compressor is not powered but the fan is, and if it doesn't spin all you would hear would be that click.

    Besides a really good design would prevent the compressor from being switched on again right after it has been shut off, this is not good for the compressor.

  • Håkan Sterner May 27, 2009

    Cliff, it seems like you tracked down the problem! Congrats! You say your dehumidifier was made by Woods, why am I not surprised... :) Like you I'm very attracted to high quality designs and unfortunately they become harder to find nowadays. Really high quality stuff is made up of high quality components and they cost money to make.

    I agree $75 for a new motor seems a bit stiff but I'd not hesitate spending that on my Woods in ten years or so to make it run for another couple of decades which I'm certain it will do. Total cost of ownership will still be unbeatable considering the "competition", the low quality offerings you mentioned ending up in landfills.

    My machine is running almost constantly to keep the basement dry despite all clothes that are drying there all the time, a very energy efficient solution since it actually produces more heat energy than it takes from the jack. Sort of a heat pump in a way.

    Good luck with your fine machine!



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

Why does compressor continue running, even with dehumidifier turned off?

Hello Bernard, thank you for your post!
I see that you are experiencing an issue with the Frigidaire dehumidifier, FAD704DWD, compressor consistently being on. This could be a possible issue with your control panel or sensor. Since it could be any one of these underlying issues I would suggest contacting the manufacturer for further assistance. Hopefully this information is helpful to you. -Matt

Feb 16, 2016 | Frigidaire a/c fad704dwd 70 pint...

1 Answer


There are many reasons why a dehumidifier willnot work or collect water.
Here is a tip that I wrote to help people to figure out what is going wrongwith their dehumidifier

Dehumidifier is running but no water is in bucket


Aug 15, 2011 | Frigidaire FAD504TDD Dehumidifier

1 Answer

Demudifier worked great, all a sudden it just stopped. No power. Now it won't start up. What should I try?

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.

May 05, 2011 | Fedders A7DH45B2A Dehumidifier

1 Answer

Ijust bought a danby dehumidifier ddr5009. The compressor works fine but the fan never stops running. Even if I set the timer on standby.

This dehumidifier is built in such a way that the fan runs all the time;however the compressor works only when it is needed. These infos are not specified in the booklet. It does not work like the old ones.

Sep 10, 2009 | Danby Dehumidifiers

1 Answer

Fan runs, but compressor does not start

There are many reasons for a dehumidifier2_bing.gif to not work or collect water.
Here is a tip that I wrote to help people to figure out what is going wrong with their dehumidifier2_bing.gif.

Dehumidifier is running but no water is in bucket


Jul 05, 2009 | Danby DDR586R Dehumidifier - 58 Pints...

1 Answer


4681A20040R is the fan part #. Bought one on e-bay. Fixed the same problem.

Aug 18, 2008 | Kenmore 54701 Dehumidifier

1 Answer

Fan no compressor will run

I have AD75USTO. Whirlpool  was running yesterday. Today it sound like its starting but will not boot up fan will not kick on. Does it need resetting or what. Only a year old only used for one summer?

Feb 04, 2008 | Whirlpool AD40USR Dehumidifier

Not finding what you are looking for?
Dehumidifiers Logo

Related Topics:

954 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Dehumidifiers Experts

Bill Long

Level 3 Expert

587 Answers

Gil Shultz

Level 3 Expert

3368 Answers


Level 3 Expert

2237 Answers

Are you a Dehumidifier Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides