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I have a WEstinghouse dehumidifier and I want to vent it directly into the sink so that I don't have to empty it frequently. I don't know how to do this and can't find the hose outlet. It is MDFI 30AE. Is it possible to attach a hose to this machine and if so how?

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I have researched and found several small and inexpensive pumps that are designed to go into a dehumidifier resevoir. I am the guy that you had the chat session with yesterday. I can relate my info to you upon request. No need to re-open chat. If you are interested in what I have found, respond with your email address and I will forward results.

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  • Hal Hallman Nov 18, 2009

    Also this type of pump has small tubing, such as what you would find on an aquarium pump but a little bigger than that. You can use clear tubing that would be inconspicuous.

  • Hal Hallman Nov 25, 2009

    I did a live chat with you on this issue recently. I thought we had solved the issue, but I see this morning that the chat was refunded. Curious, how did the problem get solved...what did you do to take care of your dehumidifier issue?


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