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I have a Kenmore Dehumidifier 70 Pint Low Temp. It is 2 years old. It works but is VERY noisy and vibrates about an hour into the cycle on a 3 hour on/off cycle and about 2 hours into the cycle on a 6 hour on/off cycle.. It sounds like it can't change to the next cycle. I took it to Sears repair and they said it was fine, just noisy. It never used to be noisy like that.

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  • raehepburn Nov 15, 2010

    Thanks for your answer. I'm sure you're right about what is going on, but what do you mean by a shrouding and also is liquid silicone WD40. On the dehumidifier I have there is the removable bucket at the bottom, then above that there is an outside grille which you can remove. Behind that grille is the filter (which you can remove to clean) and then a set of coils which you can clean with a toothbrush and warm water. The motor is behind the set of coils and there is no way you can get to it or any moving parts as they are all behind the coils. I wouldn't know how to remove the coils as there doesn't seem to be a way. That being the case, where exactly would I squirt the liquid silicone.

    Thanks so much.

  • raehepburn Nov 16, 2010

    The solution was very helpful. Thanks.

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Hi,

The noise is a harmonic vibration that the compressor creates....as things wear and get loose, like the shrouding around the unit the vibration causes it to rattle and make a very loud noise.... the compressor at that point is working the hardest and makes the noise even worse,,,,

As you were told, there really is not much you can do other then finding out were the movement is and trying to restrict that movement....I have done that with things like clear silicone...by squirting it into and around the joints that are moving to create the noise the monement is limited and it helps to quiet the unit down...

Not sure what elese to tell you.... it's like it really isn't broken, but it sure is annoying!! Hopefully tou can get my little trick to work...

heatman101

Posted on Nov 15, 2010

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    D. Floyd Kolb Nov 15, 2010

    What I mean about the shroud.... is the cover or enclosure that houses the internal parts...



    as far as the silicone goes... most any clear silicone caulking will do....

    figure out where the rattle is coming from and then place the silicone there to "glue" the parts together and stop the noise....



    If the noise is an internal compressor noise then there is nothing you can do about it... but I don't think that is your problem...


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