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Bucket stuck, won't slide out.......first time this happened, don't know what to do

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Turn the Master ON/OFF Switch to Off and unplug the unit from the wall outlet. Wait 12 - 15 minutes and then try to remove the bucket. It may have been inserted out of square. Allowing the unit to cool and reset itself, should allow you to remove the bucket. You may have to tilt the bucket up just a bit, to remove it.

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Emtied water out of tray and machine will not strart lights are all on the top of the machine is their a reset button i did set the tray with a hose to empty by itself don't believe that would...


If the hose is still connected and it's not clogged, the water shouldn't have filled the bucket.But, let's get back to emptying the bucket and reinstalling it and the unit won't start.

Several things can cause the this. The first and most notable is the bucket is not installed properly. When that happens the bucket safety removal switch, does not make firm contact with the bucket when it's reinstalled. If the hose is still attached, temporarily remove it and reinstall the bucket so that it fits "squarely" from top to bottom into it's holder. Make sure that is makes firm contact with the bucket safety removal switch on the back wall of the bucket holder. When installed properly the bottom of the bucket should not tilt down at the bottom.

The second most notable thing, is that the humidity level in the room is the same as whet you have the unit set to extract. In this case, the unit won't turn ON, until the surrounding humidity level rises. To test this, lower the humidity extraction level to 32%. If the bucket is installed properly and the Air Intake Filter is clean, the unit should start.

I hope this helped you to troubleshoot and solve the problem. Thanks for choosing FixYa.

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Dehumidifer FDD40J6, probably 10 years old, just stopped working. Emptied the bucket and it won't start again despite settings on dials. Electricity is working - take out bucket and light goes on.


The problem lies in the way the bucket is reinstalled or the float valve (if yours is so equipped) is stuck in the UP position.

Remove the bucket for it's holder and check for the float valve. If it is stuck in the up position, jiggle the arm to make it return to the down position. Be fore you reinstall the bucket, look at the back wall of the bucket holder. There you will see a trigger switch. It's the bucket safety removal switch. Check it to make sure it's still intact. At 10 years old it may have broken OFF. If it appears to be be intact, install the bucket "squarely" into the bucket holder from top to bottom. Being sure that it makes firm contact with the bucket safety removal switch. When installed correctly, the bottom of the bucket will not tilt down at all.

Also, check the air intake filter as it may be dirty of clogged.

Hope this helped you to troubleshoot and solve the problem. Thanks for choosing FixYa.

Aug 19, 2011 | Frigidaire Dehumidifiers

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It won't turn on. you will plug it in and the "full" button will flash on and off for 5 seconds then it wont show any sign of its power being on.


The last time the bucket was remove, it wasn't reinstalled properly or the float valve in the top of the bucket is stuck in the "UP" position (if yours is so equipped).

Remove the bucket and check for the float valve. If it's in the up position, jiggle the arm to make it return to the down position. Reinstall the bucket, so that it fits "squarely" from top to bottom, into it's holder. It must make firm contact with Bucket Safety Removal Switch on the back wall of the bucket holder. When installed properly, the bucket should not tilt down at the bottom.

I hope this helped you and thanks for choosing FixYa.

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My WHD928 won't start. Plugged in, tank is in correctly- but no go. The lights don't even come on. Is it terminal??


I hope it's not terminal, as Windchaser is no longer in business. Remove and check the top of the water collection bucket for a float valve. It may be stuck in the "UP" position. If it is, jiggle the arm to make it return to the "Down". While you have the bucket out, look inside the bucket holder. On the rear wall of the holder you should see the bucket removal safety switch. It should look like a plastic trigger switch. With the unit ON, activate the switch with your finger. If the unit does not turn ON, then the switch is at fault. If it turns ON, then the bucket was not making contact with it, when it was last reinstalled. Reinstall the bucket "squarely" from top to bottom into it's holder. Making sure that it does not tilt down at the bottom when installed and makes contact with the switch.

If the unit did not turn On when you tried to activate the Bucket Removal Safety Switch, it's time to start shopping for a new dehumidifier. As there are no parts available for Windchaser units.

I hope this helped you to troubleshoot and solve the problem. Thanks for choosing FixYa.

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My dehumidifier full light is on but the unit is empty and the fan motor won't work. Is there a way to reset it? Is that why the fan motor won't work?


This is generally causes by improperly installing the water collection bucket after removing it to empty it. Or the float valve in the top ow the water bucket s stuck in the "UP" position. Some Maytag models have a float control that moves from left to right, depending on how much water you want it to collect, before having to empty it. It may be stuck in the center position and needs to be moved left or right.

When installing the bucket, be sure that it fits into the holder "squarely" from top to bottom and makes contact with the bucket removal safety switch at the back of the bucket holder. When installed properly, the bucket should not tilt down at the bottom.

Hope this helps you and thanks for choosing FixYa.

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Can't find where to empty the water


I need to be clear on what you said. you "can't find where to empty the water." Meaning you have removed the water collection bucket and don't know where to empty it? If that's the case, emptying it in a bath tub, is the easiest way.

However, if you meant, you don't know how to remove the water collection tank. It's on the front of the unit, below the air intake louvers. It simply slides/pulls out of the dehumidifier, when you pull on the indented handles on both sides of the bucket.

To assist you further, I have included a link to the Owner's Manual to a Danby model similar to yours. You can download and print it for future reference.

http://www.danby.ca/cms/uploads/products/en_manual/DDR25E__DDR30E__DDR45E__DDR5011_manual_v3.pdf

I hope this helped you.

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The unit is showing "full


Two things generally cause this problem. If your unit has a Float Valve inside the bucket, it's stuck in the 'Up' position, which under normal conditions, indicates to the unit, that the bucket is FULL. If you don't have that, then when the bucket was last inserted into the bucket holder, it did not trip the bucket removal safety switch. Remove the bucket and reinstall it, making sure that it fits squarely into the hole from top to bottom. Leave the unit ON when you do this, because if you do it correctly, the unit will automatically start and run. Also, be sure that humidity extraction level is set on 32 - 35 %.

Hope this helped you to troubleshoot and solve the problem. Please let me know. Thanks.

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Sue, if you haven't noticed any water draining from the hose recently, it may be that the hose connection and tubing of the unit are clogged and the drained water pressure is causing the unit to show "Bucket Full." Also, if the bucket is not properly in place, whether you use the drain hose or not, it will cause the unit to stop functioning. You know how to correct that, so I won't go into detail on that issue.

To unclog the drain, you will need an 18" long, plastic Zip Tie or something similar (NO wire coat hangers though) that will fit into the hose connection. TURN THE UNIT OFF AND UNPLUG IT. Then carefully insert the Zip Tie and continue to push it in until you reach the bend in the tubing. You will have to carefully work it past this bend, until it either bottoms out or you run out of usable Zip Tie. Now, while rotating it, slowly pull it out and be prepared for some water to follow.

Hope this helped you troubleshoot and solve the problem.

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