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A 48' long piece of garden hose will work fine. Connect the female hose connection to the unit's hose connector and be sure that the hose slopes down and straight to the floor drain. Drainage thru the hose relies entirely on gravity. Be sure to set the humidity extraction level low (32 - 35%) for continual operation.
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If it won't drain thru the hose, but is draining into the bucket instead, the problem lies either in the hose or the hose connection on the unit. Either one of the other is clogged. Remove the hose first and check for a clog, If none there, it's in the hose connection on the unit.
Use an 18" long, plastic Zip Tie appropriately sized to fit in the hole. Or something similar (NO wire coat hangers, though) and carefully insert it into the hose connection opening. Continue to insert it, until you reach a bend in the tubing. Work it gingerly pass this bend, until the Zip Tie bottoms out or you run out of usable Zip Tie. Then, while rotating (twisting) it, slowly pull it back out. As you reach the end, be prepared for some water to follow.
Also, keep in mind the hose should be no longer than 5 feet and slope downward from the humidifier. It has no pump and relies entirely on gravity to drain the water.
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Yes, there is a way to do it. As a matter of fact, your model (now discontinued) came with a short section of hose. However, you can still use a short 5' section of garden hose and achieve the same results. To find the hose connection (if you don't have your Owners Manual) remove the bucket and you should see what looks like a hose connection (which it is) behind where the bucket sits in the unit. If it is not there, inspect the back of the humidifier for a small 2"x 2" pop-out compartment door. Inside of that is the hose connection. Remember, dehumidifiers do not have pumps to pump the water out, they rely on gravity for water to flow through and out of the hose.
I think that I am having the same problem, but I'm not sure that this tube needs to be plugging into anything. However, my humidifier seems to be draining out of this tube rather than from the tray into the bucket.
Strange but true. I had tried to use a steel/brass connector from a garden hose. Although the same size as a normal garden hose connector when used with the nylon threads on the humitifier it simply would not tighten without coming off. I went to my local hardware store and tried plastic/nylon hose adapter to hose connector and it worked like a champ? Although it worked it to if overtightened (and not to much) would also want to fall off? it worked ok and everything is fine.....cheap engineering.
I bought one of the FDL70S1 Frigidaire dehumidifiers today for my shop, and found that the $5 hose I bought to drain it through the floor wouldn't tighten down completely, allowing the hose to twist and wobble, a sure indication that it was not water tight. Simply adding a second washer, as described in another answer here, allowed me to tighten the hose sufficiently to produce a tight fit with no play between the hose and the dehumidifier. It hasn't leaked. I know it is a threads-per-inch issue, and I am stumped as to why Frigidaire would supply these units with a different thread pitch than the standard GHT (garden hose thread) 3/4" - 11.5 tpi. The threads on the unit appear to be 3/4 NPS - 14 tpi. Go figure!
yes: hose allowed the bucket to be bypassed
yes: bucket was there only for the switch to power
can you pass a finger through the hole where the hose connected? probably not, right? most of these buckets have a knockout area inside the hose connection. Try prying it out or even drilling it out if required. remember that once you remove hose, you must purchase a plug hose end connector to continue bucket only useage.