Sometimes the unit will run but not condense moisture for days - reversing valve actuated? Sometimes the compressor runs with no fan. Sometimes the fan runs with no compressor - condensor relay problem or thermister? After shutting the unit off for an hour, it may start to work properly and then after a few hours, run but not condense. The basement is about 68-70 degrees and up to 75% humidity when the unit fails to operate. I have cleaned the filter and the coils are very clean.
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Yes the heat is a byproduct of the compressor running....there will be a slight overall heat gain...this is very normal and nothing to be concerned about....the dehumidifier passes the air over a cold coil to pull out the moisture but also discharges the heat into the room...so... the net result is heat gain in the amount of electrical energy the dehumidifier is using...
It sounds like an issue with the control bord. This dehumidifier should have a 5 year warranty through LG. You will need to have this serviced. If it is under warranty by LG they will either refer you to a local repair shop and they will pay for the repair or they will replace it if you do not have a repair shop in your area. Call them and explain the problem to them. Make sure that you have your reciept. Here is the contact information for LG:
You may also want to check the coils and make sure they do not have dirt or dust on them. If they are clean you may have an issue with the refrigerant level which will cause the coils not to cool properly. For that you will want to contact LG. There could be an issue with the compressor also. LG backs alot of their models with a 5 year warranty. Contact them and let them know about your issue. Make sure you still have your reciept. Here is their contact number:
Additional heat from a dehumidifier should only be the electrical heat generated from the compressor. This is due to the fact that the cooling coil and condenser coil (hot bit) are normally located next to each other with a common airflow so the heat generated should be minimal. Hope this helps.
Water only runs down hill. To accomplish your task you would need a small condensate pump to get the vertical lift to transfer to your sump. as an example "http://www.hartell.com/corp/details/0,,CLI1_DIV32_ETI3740,00.html"