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The dehumidifier runs but no waster is coming out

Kenmore Model 580.5401400 gets very warm when you touch the top of the unit. The unit runs then stops for while and runs agoin. But, there is no water going into the drain.

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Frank it sounds like to me that it needs to be shut off a while, Was there a power outage or did you happen to shut it off and try to restart it real fast. If so then the compressor can not push the freon through. let it sit for about 8 to 10 minutes so the pressure drops and then restart it. Otherwise it will just burn up the compressor

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