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GE dehumidifier 30 pint, Model AHW30LHG1, starts ok, but within 2-3 minutes quits and does not restart unless I remove and reinstall the water tank. Solution?

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  • marketing318 Aug 19, 2010

    This appliance is not a kitchen range! It is a dehumidifier

  • marketing318 Aug 19, 2010

    Well, I'm not brainless, but I have checked all those items and they appear to operating fine, except for the system operating on a continuious timeframe. No help thanks

  • marketing318 Aug 19, 2010

    As I said the humidifer runs when I first place the water tank in then it only runs for about 2-4 minutes before it quits. Tank never fills up, or even gets moisture in it (not enough time running). What could be the problem?

  • marketing318 Aug 20, 2010

    Aye Aye Captian! Very good! Thanks for the links to the parts diagram (I used to illustrate them) and the close up photograph of the part (company photographer too)! I will give the adjustment procedure you suggested and if that does not work I'll buy a new switch. Worth the $6 and the part price of $12! Thanks!

  • marketing318 Aug 20, 2010

    Thanks for the information abouot the switch. I will try your remedy tomorrow and let you know how it turns out.

  • marketing318 Aug 22, 2010

    I used cardboard to increase the measurement between the float leaver and the microswitch. It did not work, same situation exsists. I have removed the switch and going to bench check and replace if bad. Adjustment of the switch can not be made. It has one nut to attach it to the body.

  • marketing318 Aug 22, 2010

    Hey there Kel Guy - I am going to jumper the switch and see if the condition continues. Thanks for sticking with me!

    Pete

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The sensor from the float in the tank is faulty (it constantly signal that the tank is full) - either try to fix it by checking and cleaning the contacts inside it or you will need a new tank
http://www.humidifierfilters.com/search/model.php?modelsID=122216

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Hi and Welcome to FixYa I am Kelly. Check item 14 this link: http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=5202477&diagram_id=24095824#d24095824

Close up view:

http://mytriggers.com/WK10X10006/search-html

You may have to remove the switch.. back off the rear nut so the plunger is extended closer to the tank when installed and then reinstall the front nut. If it is not adjustable as installed you may have to replace the switch.

The water tank may have indented the plastic where the plunger strikes the tank which will require you adjust the switch.

You can try to tape a piece of cardboard on the tank where the switch striker touches the tank for troubleshooting but I would NOT leave it in place as a permanent fix. (Adjust the switch)

I do not recommend water tank replacement for this problem. (Adjust the switch)

Thanks for choosing FixYa.

Kelly

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    Kelly Aug 21, 2010

    Just following up here. Did the switch recommendation(s) correct the problem? There are other things to check if not. Kelly

  • marketing318 Aug 22, 2010

    I used cardboard to increase the measurement between the float leaver and the microswitch. It did not work, same situation exsists. I have removed the switch and going to bench check and replace if bad.

  • marketing318 Aug 22, 2010

    There is no adjustment I can make with the switch, it is out as far as it can go.

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    Kelly Aug 22, 2010

    Just a thought BEFORE you buy a new switch. Try jumpering the two switch terminals together and see if you still have the same problem. If the problem persists it could be the Contacts on the PTC relay or KilXon thermal overload on the compressor that are heating up rapidly and not providing enough amperage for the compressor to run. (Very common issue) There is more we can check if the symptom repeats. I will stick with you on this.



    Kelly

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    Kelly Aug 23, 2010

    I am just one of those people that refuses to tell someone to go off and buy a part that they don't need. I always make certain that the part is defective before telling someone to make a parts purchase. However... if we have the same symptom repeat we may be faced with the purchase of the thermal overload and PTC relay assy. We could have a situation where the compressor is only running on the start winding until the thermal overload trips EVERYTHING off. That is caused by a thermal overload / PTC Relay problem and you do not change just one part you change them both.



    Kelly

  • marketing318 Aug 23, 2010

    Kelly, It is good that you refine your posts to make sure I do not have to needlessly buy a part. I tested the switch with a multimeter, set on ohms and it checked out ok. The meter read 0, then 1 after engaging the switch. I would assume jumping the wires would produce the same problem I have been experiencing. Any further checks to the thermal overload or PTC relay?
    Pete

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    Kelly Aug 23, 2010

    The only test you can do is a power test with the meter while the unit is running. If you never lose power and the unit shuts down you know you have on this particular compressor a thermal overload problem The thermal overload in the parts break down of this link is (Item 28): http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partse...



    Let me back up and regroup here.. the compressor is a scroll type compressor and the relay for the compressor appears to be on the main board.



    If during the running voltage test you actually lose power then I would start looking at the sensor assy (item 13) of the above link.



    Look at the parts link. There is an envelope inside the unit that is item 9999 in the parts link. That should be the unit data sheet. It may help you with checking out the sensor assy. I do not recall if the sensor assy uses voltage or a transistor bias to activate the relay on the main board (Item 21) Pull out the tech sheet and see what you can find out. Then test the sensor assy.



    Kelly

  • marketing318 Aug 23, 2010

    Thanks again Kelly. I will look into the testing of the power and get back to you soon.
    Pete

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    Kelly Aug 24, 2010

    Pete when you check for power make sure you are testing before and after the thermal overload (2 checks) Check after the thermal overload FIRST and if the unit shuts off check power on the input side of the thermal overload. If you have power before but not after the thermal overload you know it tripped. The next question would be why....?

    This can be caused by:

    1. Loose contacts on the compressor terminals

    2. A dragging rotor / armature in the compressor

    3. Bad compressor winding

    4. A bad run capacitor (Check by removing one set of terminals and read continuity several times on R x 1000 each time you probe reverse the leads. If you see a jump on the meter capacitor is good. No jump when leads reversed = bad run capacitor. (Analog mete ris best for this check)



    Read continuity of the compressor terminals to a ground on the compressor. (All terminals disconnected) Usually NONE of them will read to ground and if there is a problem 2 of them will read to ground. If that is what you discover that 2 terminals read to ground your looking at a bad compressor. Hopefully we are not at that point (compressor change) in trouble shooting. My thoughts are if the compressor is bad... the cost of repair will be equal to if not greater than the cost of the whole unit.



    Kelly




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Hello,


Usually, dehumidifier stops running when the water tank is full.

First, make sure the reservoir is empty. If you plug the unit in and see a green power light, but the unit won't run, make sure the reservoir is properly inserted.

Many dehumidifiers have switches or sensors to make sure that the reservoir is placed so that it won't leak. Look for these sensors and make sure the reservoir is engaging them.

If your dehumidifier has a float or switch to indicate a full reservoir, make sure this switch isn't being tripped accidentally.

Good luck;

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