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My Hampton Bay Model HB 50 Dehumidifier freezes over all the time. Basement temp. is 7o F. Basement is not very humid since we are in a sandy area. Sump pump never runs. I will run and freeze over on a setting of 2. I have flushed the colling fins from the front with water. No change. Fan is working properly. Manual says it should work with out freezing at 65 F.

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