My old dehumidifier came with the house and it's never worked right so I just got it fixed -- supposedly. I took it to the Sears repair shop. All I can tell you is that I expected to plug it in and turn the humidistat to constant and have something happen. Nothing is happening. I'm completely untechnical and I know there could be some basic thing I'm not doing. (I don't have the instruction book.) Help!
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Re: Kenmore Dehumidifier won't turn on
The following statement is a parameter for all dehumidifiers and some of the control issues may vary, but the theory is the same.
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.
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Your model Kenmore Dehumidifier, I believe was was made my Haier, for Sears under the Kenmore name. In which case "01" indicates a circuit failure shutdown and needs to be repaired by an authorized Sears service technician. As it may still be in warranty.
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Cathy, since i a Kenmore ( a house brand for Sears). Sears in Home Service is the place to call. Since some parts are still under warranty, the repair may cost you nothing. But, you must have your Proof of Purchase for the warranty to be in affect. Either way, Sears is the place to call.
I'd say you're right on target. In which case, although the unit was manufactured my Whirlpool for Sears under their house brand, Kenmore. You can find the part(s) online at Sears Parts Central http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action . If you can do the replacement yourself, you'll really save $$ on labor.
Problem is that you bought a dehumidifier made by the Korean/Chinese manufacturer LG. Search the web and you will find that you are just one of many whose dehumidifier worked the first year but now draws no water out of the air even though it makes all the right fan and compressor noises. Most common problem is that all the Freon refrigerant escaped, apparently because the copper tubing cracked and leaked. Penguins beware, there goes the Ozone Hole! It cost me $14 and an afternoon of investigation and testing of my LG 504EL dehumidifier to figure this out. The fix-it web site "Just Answers" said that it wasn't worth fixing after I described all the symptoms. Tomorrow I will go to the local LG fix-it shop and try to get a replacement to tide me over until I can find a reliable dehumidifier. Sadly, last Fall I took my 25 year old Westinghouse (made in America) dehumidifier to the dump. Even though it needed me to tune it up every year or two, at least I could fix it and it kept on working for 25 years. Good luck! enterich
I have a Danby DDR 458EE dehumidifer that I purchased May 27, 2008.
Used it for the summer and stored it until May this year. At the end of July of this year it started not working. It freezes up. Called Danby, they told me it was out of warrenty and to take to a repair shop. Problem being it was leaking freon so have it recharged. Called the repair shop and they explained that it is a closed system and if it is leaking Freon, they can not recharge it until the leak is found and repaired. It's against the law to discharge freon in to the atmosphere. Stated cost to repair it would be greater then buying a new one. Called Danby back and explained what repair person said. Still waiting to see if they will give me a pro-rated refund.
The sealed system of the Kenmore 54701 dehumidifier is warranted (Parts & Labor) by Sears for five (5) years. Since the fan in your unit runs but the compressor doesn't, I suggest that you return it to Sears and request (demand) a new replacement unit under their warranty. I say "demand" because Sears will undoubtedly tell you that the problem is due to some "other" component which is not covered, and will charge you mega-bucks to repair it. Been there - - done that.
FYI, read the (very low) customer reviews of these units on Sears website and you'll see you're not alone in your experience with Sears' inferior quality units.
Above all, do NOT pay to have it repaired. That money is better spent on the purchase of a far more reliable brand of dehumidifier - - (which will most likely cost less that what you paid for the Sears unit).
I have a LG model LHD65EBL that first started icing up along the top edge during humid days. After several months of this, it finally stopped working and displayed CH01 with the bucket full indicator flashing.
I took apart the dehumidifier, removed the temperature sensor from the coil and rubbed it between my fingers. I then plugged in the unit and it started right up, confirming either a sensor or other circuit problem related to that sensor. For my model unit, I ordered sensor assembly #6877A30013L from RepairClinic.com for $21.75 + shipping.
When I received the assembly, I measured the new and old sensor with an ohm meter: new sensor = 5.5KOhms, old, defective sensor = 5.34KOhms. I installed the new sensor assembly and the unit is working fine.
Just because the bucket full indicator is flashing along with an error code does not mean there is a problem with the bucket full switch.