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Have 2 one month old Kenmore Elite 251.90701 dehumidifiers with the same problem. When the buckets fill, the machines go to E3 while displaying the bucket full light. After the machine is turned off and back on, the pump tries to engage and then shuts off without discharging water. If the drain hose is removed, the pump ejects water from the drain hose connector. If instead of removing the drain hose, I just give it a ****, the pump will empty the bucket one time, then go back to the above mentioned problem, instead of emptying when the bucket next fills. There are no kinks in the hose and the ends are sitting in the air above a floor drain. I think this is a design problem and not, as such , fixable. Could the supplied hoses be too long or too small a designed diameter for this pump? If it goes on and doesnt work tillit is sucked could there be any other answer? I like the features of these machines, but may return them instead of giving a Sears service guy a chance to come to the same conclusion. Many thanks!

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SOURCE: Bucket fills up instead of water flowing out hose

There must be a blockage in the hose causing the water to back up and flow into the bucket. Try pushing a flexble peice of wire through the hose to unblock it.

Posted on Oct 17, 2008

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SOURCE: Connector hose inside dehumidifier leaks

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SOURCE: GE dehumidifier light says bucket is full but it isn't

Try feeling both sides of the outside of the bucket and make sure the bucket is flush with the dehumidifier. If one side is sticking out more than the other it may notbe engaged correctly which will cause a full bucket notification. If everything checks out ok there try takng the bucket out and push in on the button that the lever from the bucket engages on at the dehumidifier. If the light turns off after you push on the red button that means the bucket is not engaging correctly. If the red light stays on and it doesnt make a difference he button sensor may be defective. If you found this solution helpful please rate it.

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Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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SOURCE: Dehumidifier Error?

Same problem with Goldstar model DH404EY7 -- stop code 01 on startup, bucket full light blinks (drains to floor).

Replaced the main controller board to fix it.

For my model dehumidifer the part # is 6871A20888A, and cost $77.44 (not counting shipping) from Appliance Factory Parts. The Appliance Factory Parts web site also provides parts breakdown (exploded parts diagram) diagrams and service manuals in PDF form.

Posted on May 02, 2009

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SOURCE: Problem with draining water through hose

I bought one of the FDL70S1 Frigidaire dehumidifiers today for my shop, and found that the $5 hose I bought to drain it through the floor wouldn't tighten down completely, allowing the hose to twist and wobble, a sure indication that it was not water tight. Simply adding a second washer, as described in another answer here, allowed me to tighten the hose sufficiently to produce a tight fit with no play between the hose and the dehumidifier. It hasn't leaked. I know it is a threads-per-inch issue, and I am stumped as to why Frigidaire would supply these units with a different thread pitch than the standard GHT (garden hose thread) 3/4" - 11.5 tpi. The threads on the unit appear to be 3/4 NPS - 14 tpi. Go figure!

Posted on Aug 06, 2009

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