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My Whirlpol De-Humidifier Unit has stopped working. About 20 years old. No fan or compressor action when adjust dial. Light is on to indicate water bucket is in place.

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20 years is a long time for a a/c to work. It will probably not be in your best interest to invest money into such an old unit. However, It seems to me that there is a bad relay or capacitor. Both of which can be serviced by a licensed technician.

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