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It is not extracting water, though it is running. The coil ices up almost immediately. Is the compressor dead?

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If the temp of the area it is in is not too cold and the coils and filters are clean, then it may have deleloped a leak and lost some of the refrigerant charge. i would clean coils and filters first.

Posted on Oct 04, 2010

  • mdaniele147 Oct 04, 2010

    I have cleaned the coils and filter. it's inside , about 65 degrees F, humidity is around 65-70%. Do i call a refrigerator repairman for refrigerant?

  • mike42353 Oct 04, 2010

    my dehumidifier shuts down at 63. take it to a warmer area if possible and see if it still does it. it probable has a leak. it is not worth repairing usually because the service call and labor areclose to if not over what one cost new. i just got one at WalMart for 135.00 and it works well.

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Dehumidifier


when ice forms on an evaporator unit (coil) there is an indication of internal problems with the unit. IT may occur if there is insufficient air flow ( dirty or fan speed to low ) but when this happens the thermostat just orders more gas through the tx valve and so more ice is formed then the thermostat reads it as too cold and so cuts the gas flow back by controlling the operation of the tx valve
Water from a dehumidifier will depend on the atmosphere humidity so the lower the humidity reading the less water collected
However I suggest that you have a technician check it out as the compressor start/run capacitor may be faulty and that is why the compressor is not getting hot as it may not be running properly

Jul 23, 2015 | Dehumidifiers

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The motor is still running fine, but the dehumidifier is no longer extracting water from the air and the water container is not filling.


John, there are 5 basic, yet solvable reason for what you described. Please pay particular attention to numbers 1 & 2.

1. The humidity extraction level is set to HIGH. Lower it to 32-35%.

2. Air intake filter is dirty or clogged. Turn unit OFF, & Unplug the
Unit, before removing to inspect & clean it, if necessary. If washed,
allow filter to completely dry before reinstalling. DO NOT operate
the unit without the filter.

3. Obstructed air flow. Maintain a minimum of 12 to 18" of clear air
space around the entire unit.

4. Cooling coils are dirty and need to be cleaned. Use warm water & dish washing liquid to
clean the coils. Rinse and wipe dry. Apply a light coating of WD40 to the coils.

5. Ambient air temperature at floor level is between 40 - 60 degrees.
dehumidifiers do not work well between those temperatures
(Unless, you have a Low Temp Unit). This applies mainly to
where the air temperature at floor level is colder than at shoulder level
in basement applications. Raising the unit up off the floor,
onto a sturdy table, counter top, etc, that can handle the weight
of the unit, plus a full tank of water, will usually resolve this
problem.

If none of the above solves the problem, it may be a case of the compressor needs to be recharged with refrigerant gas or that the humidity condenser sensor has failed. These things usually occur in units that are 5 years old or older. It's rare in a unit younger than that. But, it can happen.

Hope this helps you to troubleshoot & solve the problem. Thanks for choosing FixYa.

Sep 19, 2011 | Haier 45-Pint Dehumidifier

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The 54701 Kenmore Dehumidifier runs and sounds normal, fan running, compressor on. However , it doesnt collect any water whether a hose is connected or just the bucket. No icing up or any weird noise...


Yes, if the compressor needs to be recharged, a service technician can do it.

In the meantime, try lowering the humidity extraction level to 35%. You may have the extraction level set to high.

Hope this helped you. Thanks for choosing FixYa.

Aug 21, 2011 | Kenmore 54701 Dehumidifier

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Need a repair shop in the baltimore area to look at my dehumidifier runs but wont pull water


It's cold outside. If the temperature is too low, the cold coils will just frost up and you won't get much water 'pulled'.
Check to see if the cold coils actually are getting cold when the unit is running and the control is set to cause the compressor to work-not just the fan.
If the coils are cold and full of frost or ice, the room is too cold for the dehumidifier to work. You'll have to raise the temperature of the room or wait for warmer weather.
If the coils never get cold, the compressor might be bad or the unit might have lost its freon.
I wonder, though, if it's just too cool and dry right now for a dehumidifier to be pulling more moisture out of the air.
Hope this helps!

Jan 01, 2011 | Haier Dehumidifiers

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Dehumdifier not collecting water.


It may be that the humidity level or temperature in the room where your dehumidifier is located is too low.

When the outdoor temperature is below 50 F, the indoor air will be dry even when the air inside is warm, therefore when it's cold outside the dehumidifier may collect little or no water.

Air conditioners will also remove moisture from the room, even if it's hot and humid outside, resulting in little or no moisture collecting in the dehumidifier bucket.

Some dehumidifiers have a deicer which turns off the compressor but keeps the fan running. When the compressor is off, moisture is not removed from the air. The deicer turns off the compressor when the room temperature is cold.

Some dehumidifiers do not have a deicer. If the room temperature is low enough, ice may form on the evaporator coil. The ice prevents the dehumidifier from removing and collecting water. If ice forms on coils, unplug dehumidifier until ice melts and room temperature rises.

The filter (on some models) may be dirty or clogged. If so, clean the filter. For instructions on cleaning the filter.

I hope this help to solve, if this answer solve it, remember to rate it. Good luck.

Oct 01, 2010 | Whirlpool AD50USL Dehumidifier

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Dehumidifier does not extract water. Fan works and I've cleaned and checked all connections. How do I tell if tis a bad compressor or coil?


Hi,
It could be a abad compressor, circuit board, or maybe even a sensor or dehumidistat...
Here is a tip about dehumidifiers that run but do not extract water from the air..

Dehumidifier is running but no water is in bucket
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4662409-dehumidifier_running_but_no_water_in

heatman101

May 03, 2010 | Whirlpool AD25BBR Dehumidifier

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Dehumidifier headaches!


There are three things that must be working to extract water. The 'coil' (a finned metal part that allows air passage) if it's filled with dust and obstructions, no air can move...no water. There is a blower motor that mus move the air. If it is seized up an not blowing air...very little or no water. The compressor uses condensation from the air moving across its coils (like the moisture than forms on a cold glass on a humid day) to extract the water from the air. If it's not working then no water.
So, if there is air blowing out of the dehumidifier the blower is working. If the air is room temp the compressor is not working. If it's real hot air, and the humidifier keeps cycling on and off quickly, the coil is dirty. Those are the 3 things that need to be working.

Jul 27, 2009 | Kenmore 54501 Dehumidifier

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My kenmore 50 pint dehumidifier 54501 runs but it does not taking in water


You need to determine what's "running". Here's why: There are three things that must be working to extract water. The 'coil' (a finned metal part that needs air to flow across its surface) may be filled with dust and obstructions, so no air can move...then no water. There is a blower motor that must move the air. If it is seized up and not blowing air...very little or no water. The compressor creates condensation from air moving across the coil (like the moisture than forms on an ice filled glass on a humid day) to extract the water from the air. If it's not working then no water.
So, if there is air blowing out of the dehumidifier the blower is working. If the air is room temp the compressor is not working. If it's real hot air, and the humidifier keeps cycling on and off quickly, the coil is dirty. Those are the 3 things that need to be working.

Jul 18, 2009 | Kenmore 54501 Dehumidifier

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Fan fixed but evaporator solenoid keeps activating at times


the purpose of the valve is to de-ice the evaporator and the valve is turned on by a timer usually. in normal operation, the evaporator builds up with ice (that is how water is extracted). when the valve operates, to put it simply, the hot gas is routed to the evaporator and hence melts the ice off

Aug 28, 2008 | Goldstar DH504EL Dehumidifier

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Ice on coils


The short answer is "yes but maybe not for much longer!"

If the bucket is filling up with water it's probably working OK. Have you selected "continuous" instead of, say 60% ?

If the bucket isn't filling up with water then maybe the intake filter is clogged with fluff, preventing new moist air from getting to the cold coils and being extracted. Or maybe the fan isn't running?

I hope this info will be a useful starting point for you.

If these suggestions do help you solve the problem, please give my reply a rating to help others judge my knowledge.
If they do not, please add a comment with more details so I can try to help you further.
Cheers, D

Jun 28, 2008 | Goldstar DH504EL Dehumidifier

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