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Is the float in the empty or full position?? If it is in the empty position, and the unit will run normally, then yes you can. The water will divert from the evap tray right into the hose. If it is stuck in the full position, and wont run because it thinks it's full, you will have to find a way to put and hold it in the empty position.
I think you are asking about a portable air conditioner, not a de-humidifier. With that assumed, the answer is, NO - that is not a good idea. The exhaust tube is for getting rid of the heat that you have pulled from the room you are cooling, plus the extra heat that the device itself creates. This is a considerable amount of heat, which will quickly heat up the closet and leak back into the room you are trying to cool. If the closet it tightly sealed, the unit will not be able to push the air through the tube, and the unit itself will overheat. The result will be that you will be buying electricity to actually RAISE the temperature of the room you are trying to cool.
happens quite frequently. It''s due to a clog in the hose or a clog
in the hose connection tubing. If you unit has a float valve in the top
of the bucket, be sure that it's not stuck in the UP position. To
resolve clogging problem, do the following:
1. Turn the Master ON/OFF Switch to OFF and unplug the unit. Disconnect the hose from the unit and check for clogs and remove them if necessary.
2. If no clogs were found in the hose, the clog is in the hose connection tubing. Use and 18" long, plastic ZIP Tie, appropriately sized to fit in the hose connector tubing. Carefully insert the Zip Tie or something similar (NO Wire coat hangers, though) into the hole and continue to push it in until you reach a bend in the tubing. You will need to gingerly work it past this bend, until the ZIP Tie either bottoms out or you run out of usable ZIP Tie. Then while rotating (Twisting) the ZIP Tie, slowly pull it out. As you reach the inserted end of the ZIP Tie, be prepared for some water to follow.
should solve the problem. Be sure the hose is no longer than 5 feet and
that it slopes downward from the unit, with no kinks in it.
Hope this helped you solve the problem. Please let me know, Thanks.
Are you running it in high ambient temperatures? Can you see any condensate(water) on the coil? It may be that it is running above it's temperature range. A dehumidifier has two coils(radiators if you like). One gets cold, the other gets hot. The first one renoves the moisture from the air, this is the evaporator and is cold. The heat taken from the air is absorbed into the refrigerant and is given back to the air when it passes through th other coil, the condensor which is hot. The refrigeration circuit itself produces heat. This heat plus the heat absorbed from the air has to be got rid of. If the ambient temperature is high, the condensor will have trouble getting rid of the heat from the circuit. This can cause the case to feel hot to the touch. Assuming you don't have a refrigeration leak, it may not be worth running the unit if it is not removing moisture from the air. Is any water being dropped into the bucket? If it isn't, all you are doing is wasting electricity.
For some reason it is overheating and shutting itself off. There is a law that all electronics are supposed to have a point to where it automatically shuts off if it gets too hot from a malfunction or loose connection in the circuit board. It is to protect the consumer.
You either need to take it to a tech or get rid of it. Get a new one.