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What causes a dehumidifier to just stop running or operates very inefficiently? The filter is clean.. Zenith ZD30

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Hi,
There are many reasons for a dehumidifierWhat causes a dehumidifier to just stop running or - 2_bing.gif to not work or collect water.
Here is a tip that I wrote to help people to figure out what is going wrong with their dehumidifier2_bing.gif.

Dehumidifier is running but no water is in bucket
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Posted on May 07, 2010

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    W Contreras Sep 22, 2013

    I removed the bucket, took front grill off and cleaned all the visible internals of the unit. Used an old paintbrush with soapy water and cleaned the cooling fins and removed all the built up dust. Cleaned the filter, front grill and as soon as I plugged it in, fired right up like old times. But, on the flip side I broke the connections on the power/setting knob off the back and now it wont shut off. Simple fix once I get a solder iron, so it is unplugged for now. Simple cleaning tips, thanks for the help!!!!

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    W Contreras Sep 22, 2013

    My unit actually was not running at all and I have it hooked up to a hose so it never collects water, but other tips to clean it were a huge help.

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