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54501 unit is running but not dehumidifing. Unit is 6 yrs old

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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

Posted on Mar 21, 2011

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  • brad541 Mar 23, 2011

    I read your tips about dehumidifiers not working. Both of my dehumidifiers have failed due to a refrigerant leak. It appears that both were caused by corrosion on the sides of the front coil. Both units have 2 coils and the sides of the front coil are corroded in both units. Is this galvanic corrosion between the coil frame (maybe aluminum) and the copper elbows in the side of the coil?

  • D. Floyd Kolb
    D. Floyd Kolb Mar 23, 2011

    Yes, often these units do not adequately isolate the metals....they only build them to last past the warranty period...
    They really don't build them for longevity... to bad everything has become "disposable"...

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Hi, I think you got it figured out...
There can be 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
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4662409-dehumidifier_running_but_no_water_in

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J

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