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The Kenmore 106.955501 dehumidifier works well when first started, coils get cold quickly, fan runs, air moves well. after 1 hr when the compressor needs to kick back on, the lights on that circuit dim and the motor / compressor shutter and sometimes fails to start. this stays condition is constant until I shut the power off and wait a day and try again.

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The compressor will not start when it is hot or it is no longer bleeding the pressure off fast enough on the high side of the refrigeration system and it cannot start under the load. The start relay and capacitor could also be bad...that would give the same symptoms...


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