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Bought this model item off ebay. It appears to operate normally at first, but it doesn't dehumidify........blowing cool air with no water being collected. Trying to go through their RMA dept., but taking some time for them to give me a resolution. Just want to know how else I can get this item working. Thanks

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Hi,
There are many reasons why a dehumidifier willnot work or collect water.
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Dehumidifier is running but no water is in bucket

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Posted on Mar 22, 2011

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Hi,
There are many reasons why a dehumidifier willnot work or collect water.
Here is a tip that I wrote to help people to figure out what is going wrongwith their dehumidifier

Dehumidifier is running but no water is in bucket

heatman101

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