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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: E3 is flashing on display panel
Calling two service centers, they both indicated that the main circuit board needed replacing. This would need shipping the unit!!, part and then labor. I figured over $120 - not reasonable. I then took the unit apart and followed the wires from the compressor to the back of the unit. This is where the moisture sensor was located - upper left. You'll see this when you take the filter off. Anyway, I cleaned the face of this part with a old toothbrush, used some compressed air to remove any dust. I then followed the wires with the black sleeve that went to what I think is a temperature sensor - also on the left. The wires go to a sensor that is pushed into a copper tube that is part of the cooling tubing. Gently pull this out, wipe it down and re-install. I then plugged the unit in, set the humidity level and it now works. I just put the unit back together and the compressor is turning on and collecting moisture! I will run it a few days and keep checking on it to make sure it doesn't go into the 'E3' Mode. By the way, the repair shops I called really didn't have a clue what the E3 code was. Dennis
Posted on Aug 26, 2006
Most dehumidifiers have a "Frost Guard" mounted on the condensor coil. If frost accumulates on the condensor coil the frost guard turns the compressor off until the frost melts, then comes back on again. For the dehumidifier to work properly, the surrounding (ambient), temperature must be higher than 65 degress. This temperature allows the moisture in the air to condense on the coils and drip into the reservoir without freezing up on the condensor coil. Also, if the humidity is too low, (below 45%), the same condition will occur. So it will help to keep the parameters in mind when you have this issue.
Thank you for your allowing me to advise you on this issue.
Dave E. (Illeagle)
Posted on Jun 02, 2008
You can try cleaning the humidity sensor, which is on a circuit board
housed in a nylon clip attached to the cooling coils.
The sensor is in a plastic clip, which can be opened up and cleaned.
Some report success. Didn't work for me.
I ended up rewiring the unit so that a 5v control
line from the lower relay board goes through the SPDT bucket full switch,
turning on the control board when full (so it beeps), but otherwise
enabling the compressor and fan. The fan and compressor
are controlled by relays, which are driven by a ULN2003AN
relay driver. I fed the empty side of the full bucket switch back into
the relay driver to turn on the compress and the fan on high.
I plan to put a dehumidistat in series with this control line;
now it just runs till the bucket is full. A Broan DH100W dehumidistat
is 20 bucks. Could also put in a rotary switch to control the fan speed,
but for me high is enough.
I think this machine is made by Goldstar for Kenmore and Delonghi.
Stuff is just made to break and through away these days, which is a shame.
Posted on Oct 13, 2008
I live in NJ and the nearest center is in CT. So you can imagine that I am not gonna to ship my unit! :-)
The one I got is from Hartford, CT Utility Electric Service: 860-246-7271; talk to Dana and he is very helpful. They charged me $25 and shipped me the part and it now works fine.
When I talked to Dana he sounded pretty sure it was the condensor sensor. Simply call Dana and tell him that you have an "E3" code. I do NOT know the part number or ID.
Don't open the unit until you get the new part ---- it will help you to identify the part to be replaced. After you get the part, make sure you mark down all the screws (they are not the same! so pay attention which one is where). There are two tabs on the top so be careful when get them separate apart ---- don't force it or you might break it. The sensor itself is attached/stuck in between the copper coils under a black cover. Plug another end to the control board and you are done. Apparently there are two kinds of plug-in end ---- the first part Dana shipped to me did not match the old part so he has to send me another one which worked.
The whole procedure is not that difficult, but when you are doing this the first time you just need to be patient to locate all the screws and sparate the covers. From my experience you do need to take all covers off, otherwise you can not see the part and the wire.
Good luck to you and let me know the good news!
Posted on Oct 23, 2008
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