Runs, but overheated, tripped outlet causing freezer full of rotten food
After 2+ years of my dehumidifier and small dorm-size freezer being plugged into the same outlet, which is mounted ON the breaker box, I discovered a freezer full of rotten food the other night after the dehumidifier had tripped the outlet at least 5 days earlier. The dehumidifier had been set to 55% humiditiy level. My sump pump never runs because I live in a very dry area, but it's a basement, so to me it's humid, and I am VERY sensetive to ANY humidity. Anyway, I had to reset the outlet, turned the dehumidifier back on, and within 5 minutes the outlet tripped again. So I reset it, etc. again, and it happened a third time. After a few more minutes I noticed burning/hot smell coming from the dehumidifier, so I did NOT turn it back on again, but instead unplugged it. I plugged a lamp into the same outlet along with the freezer and nothing ever tripped, so the dehumidifier is definitely the culprit. What would cause this after only 2 years and how can I prevent it from happening again? I don't run it in the winter, so it hasn't even had 2 full/continuous years of use. I am beyond disappointed and furious that I lost $100+ worth of food, some of which was meant for a bridal shower this weekend. I will likey not have it serviced but will buy a new one instead, but it won't be another Maytag.
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Have same issue with 3 year old Frigidaire dehumidifier purchased in 2012. Must unplug to stop compressor running with power switch turned off. Unit gets hot and smells. Unplugging creates arcs at outlet since unit is pulling a lot of power. Plugging back in after some hours will make it appear to run normally and again remove moisture but it will not shut off when the fan goes off (humidistat bad?) and the set-point is reached. Cannot leave plugged in due to safetty/fire/overheating concern. Have not found answer on this forum or any other so far.
First, check the outlet that it's plugged into, to make sure that there's still power to the outlet. If there isn't, then the circuit breaker for that outlet has been tripped, in your home's circuit breaker panel. Leave the dehumidifier unplugged and reset the circuit breaker. If it trips again, without the dehumidifier unplugged, then the outlet is at fault. Perhaps there's a loose wire connection or the interior of the outlet is cracked.
If it didn't trip without the dehumidifier plugged in, plug the unit it in,. But, before you do, make sure the dehumidifier's Master ON/OFF Switch is OFF. Once it's plugged in, turn the Master ON/OFF Switch to ON and set your controls. If it runs now, GREAT! If it trips the circuit breaker again, there's either a short in the power cord or an internal electrical short. Which will require extensive troubleshooting to find.
Hope this helps you solve the problem. Please let me know. Thanks.
either try a different outlet to see if the G.F.C.I. is bad on this outlet or if the dehumidifier trips on another line it could be the units motor start capacitor that shorted or the compressor is bad
I believe it is highly likely you've got a short somewhere in your unit. The highest probability is that the cord is compromised. If that's not it, you could have bad winding insulation in the motor. It shouldn't be difficult to isolate the problem if you know your way around a multi-function volt/ohm meter.
I have a Whirlpool Model AD$)DSR1 Dehumidifier, with similar issues. When plugged in where it was operating for three years with no problems, it would trip the gfci within 10 minutes. I have it out in the garage right now with all the covers off, and I've had it running on a heavy duty outlet for about a half hour now. The compressor is too hot to touch (ouch!), and the condenser coils are only cool, when they should be quite cold. I am ready to judge that one of two things has happened: Either the compressor is bad, or the refrigerant has leaked out of the system.