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I have a Kenmore Dehumidifier model 580-53509300. It has digital controls. The unit will turn on, I can adjust the humidity setting and it runs fine. The fan is working and it sounds like the compressor is kicking on but it does not draw and moisture into the tank. Any ideas? I hate to trash this really nice appliance if it is a simple fix.

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this unit is very simular to an air conditioner except it has a humidistat instead of a thermistat.. if your handy with a continuity tester unplug the unit find the humidistat and check to see if its open or if its good then call the company at 1 800 322 3848 or contact the web site at customerservice@delonghiusa.info Good Luck

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yes but i might be late. if you still have this let me know

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First ! you are trying to use this dehum in cold weather conditions. this time of the year there is little humidity in the air. best conditions for the dehum to work will be when the temp. is 65 degrees or high, and the humidity is 60% or higher. if you don't trust what I said then take it to sears to be checked out.

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Your bucket full switch may be defective. If you are capable, bypass it since you are draining to another place other than the bucket.

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SOURCE: DH30 Dehumidifier Compressor Does not Operate

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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