Question about Kenmore 54701 Dehumidifier
It runs for three to four minuts then shuts off, it will restart but then shuts off
I'm working on mine right now as we speak with the same problem , it runs for 3-4 minutes and then drops out and what I think I have found is the compressor comes on but the fan that blows over the condensor/evaporator assemblies never turns on ! I tore the covers of mine and put a volt meter across the orange and black wires (with the unit on high ) , on the little white plug in the metal box on a pc board , that all the wires go into and with the comressor off just before it starts on power up I have 122vac (volts ac) and then the compressor kicks in and it drops to about 107 vac but no fan action so I'm getting on line to order a motor assembly Kenmore # 4681A20040K ! I just happened across this site so I hope It works for me and helps you !
Posted on Jul 19, 2008
I was having the exact problem. After researching this for a couple days I ran into ForthRyms solution. This solution worked perfectly for me. I replaced the thermal fuse and oiled the bearings and it is currently running like it is new. If it wasn't for this great solution I wouldn't have got my money's worth out of this unit and it would have definitely been more landfill matter.
Posted on Sep 16, 2008
The directions given by FourthRyms were clear and accurate. They solved the problem. It is unfortunate that such a small and simple component is so important yet hard to get at.
Posted on Jun 27, 2010
Thanks ForthRyms,, Tried your solution last night and had to empty the bucket this AM.. You were right about the bearings for the motor being dry.. I am sure I will have to replace it one of these times..
Posted on Aug 23, 2009
I found an abandoned unit on the side of the road, and picked it up to dispose of the thing properly (freon). When I got it home I tried it out for kicks, and sure enough the compressor was working fine, but the blower motor didn't work. Tore into the unit and put a meter on the circuit board pins where the little white 3 pin plug for the fan connector is. I got 115 vac between the bottom ( orange wire I think ) and the middle and upper pins. The fan speed control toggled the 115 vac between the upper and middle pins, so I felt confident the electronics were working properly. When I metered the motor I found one of the windings read as open, so I would say it needs a new fan motor. Thanks for the motor part number, as when you go to searspartsdirect.com it lists the dehumidifier as not containing any user serviceable parts for the unit ( WHAT A CROCK ). IMHO the sears parts web really . . . explicative deleted. So $29 for a new motor or on ebay $89 for a factory refurbished one? What to do. Any other ideas for sourcing (cheaper) equivalent blower motors other than Sears?
Posted on Oct 27, 2008
I followed the very detailed instructions of FourthRyms and my dehumidifier now works as it did before the problems began. I will keep these instructions with the unit for the next time this happens, or to do a little preventive off-season maintenance when the spirit is willing!
Posted on Oct 25, 2008
Try and fix it appears inappropiate to me. Exspecially coming from apprentice dalemounsey.
Posted on Jul 06, 2008
Try and fix it
Posted on Jun 30, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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