Question about Kenmore 54501 Dehumidifier
When you hear the compressor, the fan will not operate.
The fan motor operates on standard 110v household current... you can test the motor by hooking an extension cord with the female end cut off and the 2 wires stripped back 1/4 inch to the black and orange wires off the motor... wire nut black to black and white to orange then plug it in a standard outlet... if the motor is good it will run... then you know it's the board and you may as well scrap the dehumidifier... if the motor is bad replace it with a new motor...
easiest way is to simply cut in the middle of the wires from the motor and attach your extension cord this way... which ever is the problem (board or motor) you won't be reusing the motor anyway...
Posted on Sep 04, 2009
THE FAN MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE OILING PORTS ON THE MOTOR. IF NOT, THE MOTOR NEEDS REPLACED. IF THERE ARE OILING PORTS ON THE FAN MOTOR, TRY SPRAYING SOME WD-40 IN THEM AND THEN ADDING SOME LIGHT MACHINE OIL TO THE MOTOR. THE OILING PORTS ARE SMALL HOLES AT EACH END OF THE MOTOR WHERE THE MOTOR SHAFT EXITS THE MOTOR HOUSING.
Posted on Apr 05, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I just picked one up at a tag sale, seller said it worked sometimes. Seems to have the same problem as yours. I took the time to tweak all of the connections and then re-soldered the control board with no luck. I finally disconnected the humidity control and it worked fine. By disconnecting the humidity control the unit defaults to it's highest setting and you have to unplug the unit to turn it off. Conclusion so far is that the humidity control rheostat is bad.
Note: Now while running the fan runs continuously and the compressor cycles on and off every 10 to 15 minutes. This may to be normal since the unit appears to be doing its job and I'm not sure how it is supposed to run since a purchased it broken.
Posted on May 10, 2008
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Hey randall, thank you for your post!
I see that you're stating the compressor continues to run on your Frigidaire dehumidifier. What you could be hearing is the fan running. The fan will run when the compressor cuts off so that air can pass over the sensor coils to check the humidity. Hopefully this is helpful. -Matt
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