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Compressor does not start

We inherited a Kenmore 53509 dehumidifier with our home, so it is at least 2 years old, but we don't know if there was/is a warranty covering it. The fan still runs, but the compressor makes a noise like it is trying to start up and then conks out. The compressor continues trying to kick on every 15 seconds or so, until I get frustrated and turn the unit off. Every time we re-start it does the same thing. We've tried cleaning out the unit as well, with no change.

Is it worth servicing the compressor? Or more cost effective to just look into a new unit?

many thanks!

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When the compressor tries to start, but only hums and draws a lot of current, the problem is most likely either a bad compressor or a bad run capacitor.

On the Kenmore model 25357510790, the capacitor is a 20 microfarad, 370V oil-filled capacitor, I believe. If you can get one at a reasonable price (around $25-35), it might be worth trying.

If the compressor is bad, the dehumidifier is not economically repairable, if not in warranty. Unless you know someone in the repair business that would do it for you for just the cost of the compressor, that is. ;<)

Other, less likely, problems:

A bad connection (high resistance, say, greater than 2 ohms somewhere in the circuit, including a bad plug or receptacle).

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Sometimes the piston in the compressor will get stuck and a tap squarely on the side or top will get it dislodged and save a repair bill.

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Some of these units have a 5 year compressor warranty on them including labor worth calling sears and seeing if it does have the 5 year on the sealed system

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