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Freezing up Unit runs OK but the coil fins are filling up with ice and reducing air flow.

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Check the filter make sure it is clean the unit maybe a little low on freon that will cause the icing up

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Zenith dehumidifier is freezing up on the front near the air intake.


check to see if the fan is working. low or no air flow will cause it to ice up. may have to remove the front to de-ice. turn the unit off and slowly pour warm water over the coils to thaw. the water should drain right into the bin. also good to clean any dust off of the coils to keep the air flow open.

Feb 27, 2014 | Zenith Dehumidifiers

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Moisture collecting at the top front when running, even at mid power, over the control panel, sometimes turns to ice. if I shut it off when it is doing this the problem stops for awhile


Well, sounds like you have a good cold section in the dehumidifier-- that is good!-- But I agree-- we don't want water condensing on the surface-- and we surely don't need it turning to ice!
A couple questions to help us get to the next level of trouble shooting this problem:
1.) How cold is the room you are running the dehumidifier in?
(Obviously-- the warmer a room is, the easier to remove moisture--
the colder the room, the easier to drop the air temperature well below the freezing point-- making ice.)

2.) Have the air filters been cleaned/changed recently?
A dehumidifier needs a steady fast moving supply of air across its whole condenser/evaporator surface, in order to remove the maximum amount of water from the air, and not freeze up. (I would winder if something isn't blocking the flow of air toward the top of the coil?-- so that the coil in that area is going well below freezing temperatures, and thus allowing water (or ICE!) to develop near the top of the coil?-- Can you check air flow for us?

3.) You have suggested a good solution,-- especially if the above problems can not be easily corrected: Turn off the unit every few hours, and allow the warmth of the room, to defrost the coil....
In fact-- just to make sure that the air flow is not being restricted by ice deep within the coil-- let it stay off over night-- or bring the dehumidifier into a much warmer room, to make sure no ice is still blocking air flow deep within the coil..

Let us know what you learn about air flow, and get back with us-- THen maybe we need to take the trouble shooting deeper insicde the device.

I hope this helps-- MB

Aug 22, 2013 | Comfort-Aire BHD-301 Dehumidifier

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The dehumidifier freezes up and continues to run so it never melts.


Check the air filter. Freeze ups are often caused by low airflow across the cold coil. A dirty air filter can severely restrict air flow. Replace or wash (if a washable type) the filter and allow the dehumidifier coils to defrost completely. Reinstall the filter and be sure to locate the appliance so that air flow in and out of it is not restricted in any way (not up against a wall, behind a door, curtains, etc.) and restart.

If the unit has been run without an air filter, the cooling coil fins are probably choked with dust and dirt. They should be cleaned with a product designed expressly for this purpose such as:

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Evaporator coil cleaner is available from many hardware and "big box home supply stores" such as Lowe's or Home Depot.

Use only as directed, and buy filters! it's much easier to replace filters than cleaning coils.

I hope this helps and good luck! Please rate my reply "4 thumbs up" if it was helpful. Thanks!

Aug 15, 2011 | Dehumidifiers

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The coils freeze up after less than a half hour of running. It does not matter what humidity setting I use or if I select the 2 hour or 4 hour run cycle. B/c the coils are freezing up, the dehumidifier...


the coils freeze up for one of two reasons .. if air flow is blocked .. sometimes by dust buildup or fan bearings needing lube .. second if the fan is working properly then ice buildup can be caused by low refrigerant levels .. the proper charge produces a steady coolness across the entire evaporator (cold coil) .. as the level drops it tends to cool a small part of the evaporator way too cold .. that creates ice .. the ice blocks the air flow and soon the whole thing is blocked ...so check the fan first .. if its running properly and there is nothing blocking air flow then suspect low refrigerant.. that requires adding a saddle valve service port to the system to allow adding refrigerant .. often the problem is caused by the fan not working at all because of lack of lube in the bearings or a bad starting capacitor ..

Aug 15, 2010 | Goldstar DH504EL Dehumidifier

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My kenmore 50 pint dehumidifier 54501 runs but it does not taking in water


You need to determine what's "running". Here's why: There are three things that must be working to extract water. The 'coil' (a finned metal part that needs air to flow across its surface) may be filled with dust and obstructions, so no air can move...then no water. There is a blower motor that must move the air. If it is seized up and not blowing air...very little or no water. The compressor creates condensation from air moving across the coil (like the moisture than forms on an ice filled glass on a humid day) to extract the water from the air. If it's not working then no water.
So, if there is air blowing out of the dehumidifier the blower is working. If the air is room temp the compressor is not working. If it's real hot air, and the humidifier keeps cycling on and off quickly, the coil is dirty. Those are the 3 things that need to be working.

Jul 18, 2009 | Kenmore 54501 Dehumidifier

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Iced up coils and will not dehumidify


I did a little digging around on the internet and found out that if the basement (or where ever you have your unit) is in an area where the room temp might dip below 65 degrees the coils may start to become "too efficient" in pulling the moisture/humidity out of the air and it begins to freeze on the coils before it can drip off into the reservoir. The site said to turn off the unit and let it thaw out, then restart it and see if everything works ok after that. If the temperature gets too low you might need to warm up the air in the room/basement before it will operate correctly again/not continue to freeze up. Hope this helps. Mine just did the same thing but we've had some pretty cold weather recently and the basement is fairly cold as well.

Jan 20, 2008 | Comfort-Aire BHD-501 Dehumidifier

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ALL DEHUMIDIFIERS REQUIRE ROOM TEMPS TO BE AT LEAST 65 DEGREES AND A HUMIDITY OF AT LEAST 50 % TO OPERATE PROPERLY. ANYTHING LESS AND IT MAY FREEZE THE EVAPORATOR COILS. EVAPORATOR COILS WILL ALSO FREEZE IF THE COILS ARE DIRTY AND HAVE RESTRICTED AIR FLOW.TRY TAKING THE COVER OFF OF THE UNIT AND CLEANING BOTH SETS OF COILS INSIDE. THEY ARE COPPER OR ALUMINUM WITH FINS ON THEM.
ALSO CHECK THE FAN TO BE SURE IT IS RUNNING.
THAT WILL CAUSE AN OVERHEATING CONDITION AND WILL SHUT DOWN THE COMPRESSOR ALSO.

Jan 13, 2008 | Dehumidifiers

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