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Just bought, brand new. where to put water in? unit will not turn on.

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  • jhyder4 Sep 28, 2010

    I understand how the units work. The problem is my other dehumidifier isn't pulling enough water so I bought the Aprilaire 1710A free standing dehumidifier and I'm having trouble getting it to run the test setup. I found out I need to put water in the trap for the initial test run which I don't understand why this is necessary but I'll do that and see if it works.


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If you bought a dehumidifier, you will not need to put water in it. A dehumidifier removes water. A humidifier add moisture to the air, and you need to add water to this. Was your dehumidifier running before and then it stopped? If so, it will have a tank on the bottom that will have water in it that needs to be emptied out. Let me know if this is your problem.

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    Michael Youngman Sep 28, 2010

    You need to add water to the trap so the unit will drain peroperlly. If you have no water in the trap, while the unit is running, it will **** air through the trap and not allow water to drain by gravity. Basicaly, the fan is strong enough to keep sucking through the drain and over a little time, your pan will overflow. Once you turn it off, all the water will run down the drain with without water, your going to have water pouring over that pan/.


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