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The fan inside is having a hard time rotating...starting to smell. what gives?

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If the fan motor is quite hot to the touch when it is running and the smell is like something burning and the fan blade isn't rubbing on the housing then the fan motor bearing are most likely worn out. If that is the case then the fan motor is bad and needs to be replaced.

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This is great. My guess it will keep working much longer. But perhaps when you put it down for a while you will enter the same problem. Electro motors, there are lots of different principles, sometimes stop on a point, they can't start. If this happens every time, you switch it off, there is a malfunction. this time, perhaps only a little dust gave to much friction, to come on.
The induction motor, in your Blyss, could have one defective coil in its rotor, but the chance it will stop on the same place again, will be slim. If it becomes annoying, because you have to rotate it more often, the motor should be replaced. (or start saving for a new dehumidifier)

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The dehumidifier's fan does not turn and makes a humming noise

first,make sure the fan blade hasn't gotten stuck on the shroud and cannot turn,then shut off machine and by-hand rotate fan and see if it spins to a stop after several rotations,if it stops quickly there is a bearing problem with the motor,this is normal after many years of service,then replace the motor

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How does the unit collect water?

Your fan motor is going out. You can remove the screws from the back cover and gently pry it off. After that, look into the unit and you will see the screws holding the front cover. Take the bucket out and remove the screws at the top. All the screws around the entire metal shroud need to come out. Then with the covers off you can see the fan mount screws. You have to move the evaporator very gently out of the way to get to these screws. Remove the fan motor replace it and re assemble the unit.

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I have no experience of your particular machine but I have some experience of my Wood's DS-15, another fine machine of the compressor type that is built to last. They should be rather similar in design.

My first thought when I read your problem description is that you have a severe buildup of dust inside the machine. On the Wood's, you loosen the front grill and behind it you will see the fan, behind the fan is the condenser pack, and then you get to the evaporator coils that are visible from the back of the machine.

Maybe the configuration is slightly different on your machine but they are built very simple these machines, easy to see what they need in order to work as designed and you already know the most central and expensive parts seem ok.

I had some problems with low efficiency on the unit after six years daily service in a laundry room for drying clothes, took it apart and couldn't believe the amount of dust that was packed into the fine fins of the condenser on its back side! Also extremely much dust on most components like the fan.

I just took it outside and blew it clean from the front side with compressed air, problem solved and machine performance went back up to where it was when new!

I would imagine after a few more years of dust buildup inside, at one point or another the dust will reach the fan and prevent it from spinning. It is also possible of course that the fan motor is shot but I'd start with a really good cleaning.

If that doesn't help I'd continue with the multimeter see if the humidistat gives power to the fan and compressor when it should, if the fan actually spins when powered, if the switches work. It should be quite easy to track down the reason the fan doesn't spin, IMO. I believe you can buy replacement humidistats and motors if they turn out to be faulty.

Good luck!

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No water in the bucket

You most likely have a freon leak, or the compressor is not running. When the machine first turns on you should be able to see if the compressor is running or if it is just the fan. If the compressor is not running it does have a start devise and a relay on it that can be replaced. If the compressor is bad, most units have a 5 year warranty on the compressor, so contact the manufacturer for warranty service. If the compressor is running you have a freon leak, and it would need to be found, repaired and the freon replaced. This is a large repair, estimated charge for a leak repair would be around $149.99 The reason is the long time it takes to find the leak, and all the parts needed. Drier, valve, freon, etc.. Good luck, and I hope it is only the relay. You can get those relitively inexpencively. 3 in 1 kits are also good for a hard to start compressor. They give the compressor a little more kick to start it. They are about $28.00 and easy to install once you are to the compressor. I hope this will FixYa.

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Disconnect the motor leads for the fan motor, check the resistance through the motor when an Ohm meter. If you get no reading on the meter the motor is bad and needs to be replaced. also check the motor by rotating the fan. If it rotates with resistance the bearings may need lubrication. If it is a sealed bearing motor and no points for lubrication are there, replace the motor.

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Most likely the fan motor has broken. Without the fan, the compressor will overheat. There is a safety device inside that automatically shuts off the compressor to keep the overheating from destroying it. Check to see if you can feel air movement in the front or back of the unit while it is running. If not, then the fan motor has definitely broke. I had this exact problem on mine.

If you take the unit apart, you will find a parts list inside the unit. It will be inside a small plastic pouch. You can order a new fan motor from Sears. The cost is $30 plus shipping.

You will have to move the condensing coil in the front out a bit in order to exchange the motors. Just be careful not to break any of the copper lines. They are copper so they will flex quite a bit without breaking. Still, use caution. If you break the lines, all the refrigerant will leak out and your unit will be useless.

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As I've recently posted a message, I've a similar unit with broken internal fan. I just placed an external fan in front of the unit and blowing front to back. With the air circulating, the unit is humming along happily and bucket fulls of water to harvest!! Don't bother fixing the fan motor, if that is the only problem, just place a small external fan instead.

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