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Try some simple troubleshooting steps to help get your humidifier working properly:

    Dehumidifier Will Not Run
  1. Check that the Kenmore unit is plugged in.
  2. Ensure the electrical socket has power. Check the circuiut breaker or fuse for the circuit that provides power to the humidifier. Reset the circuit breaker or replace the fuse.
  3. Check if the unit shut off because the water collection bucket is full. Empty the bucket.
  4. Ensure the water collection bucket is properly in position.
  5. Dehumidifier Does Not Dry Properly
  6. Ensure that enough time has passed to allow the Kenmore unit to dry.
  7. Check that airflow is not restricted by curtains, furniture or other obstructions.
  8. Adjust the humidifier controls closer to the maximum setting.
  9. Check that the temperature of the room the dehumidifier is in is above 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. Other Problems
  11. If the Kenmore dehumidifier runs too much, ensure that doors and windows to outdoors are closed to limit humidity sources.
  12. If frost appears on the coils, check if the room temperature is below 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
  13. If there is water on the floor, check for kinks, clogs or a loose connection in the drain hose.

Also, I suggest check the Kenmore-54701-Dehumidifier-User-Manual for "troubleshooting" (page 15).

Posted on May 28, 2010

  • ZJ Limited
    ZJ Limited May 28, 2010

    considerate to sudden failures may be more common than thought. Check other Kenmore Dehumidifier owners comments about "won't run"...
    Same problem as the rest of you folks, but spending $40+ on a new fan
    that has a total of half a dozen parts, really chapped my backside. I
    shot out the three wires with a voltmeter(could have used a simple
    continuity tester too), and where I should have had a virtual short
    cirucit between all (3), only the hi and low wires were connected.
    After removing the motor and sliting the foil topped tape that
    surrounded the splices, I noticed a small device in series between the
    common wire and the fine motor winding. It was a Thermal Cut-Off
    fuseable link, rated 130C, 250V, 2A. I could not find a similar one, so
    went to the local Akron parts place, Philcap Electronics, and bought a
    replacement, with a higher 15 amp rating, for $1.32, including tax. It
    was an NTE8125 TCO, and is used in many home appliances, such as coffee
    makers. I was a little concerned about the difference in current
    rating, until the counter guy explained that unlike normal fuses, like
    the ones in your car, these devices are made to open the circuit when
    they reach a certain temperature, as opposed to a certain amperage. As
    to why the original failed after a year and a half, I think it was just a
    cheap component.

    To replace, I removed the existing link by heating up the solder
    holding the two ends to their respective wires. Then I carefully
    crimpped, then soldered, the new thermal cut-off into place, covered the
    splices with pieces of a wire jacket from some scrap cable, and voila,
    the fan ran like a charm. A simple job, but don't try it if you are not
    careful and detail oriented. Forgetting to insulate a connection, or
    grounding a wire, and you can burn your house down. Skill wise, about a
    1 on a scale of 10 as the hardest. On the common sense scale, got to
    be an easy 10, just because you better take care or else. Hope this
    encourages others to give it a try!

    Kenmore Dehumidifier – Model # 580.54501400

    I write to confirm the above thread: I purchased a Kenmore dehumidifier
    from Sears about 18 months ago. The fan stopped & I purchased a new
    fan motor from for $37 (w/tax & shipping). The install was
    easy & it’s back & running. I find it deplorable that Sears
    continues to sell these defective dehumidifiers. Kenmore should order a

    Also, check this solutions references. Good luck.



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