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Kenmore Dehumidifier Your solution to the kenmore dehumidifier fan not running is the perfect low cost repair. I have two of the 70-pint units. The first one quit working with this problem last year so I bought another new one. Yesterday it quit so I was looking at buying another one of some other brand when I happened up on your repair solution. After reading your solution, I went to Radio Shack and purchased two of the thermal fuses for $1.69 each. I took all the the panels off the first one, got to the fan motor, cut open the sealing tape and replaced the fuse. Put it all back together and now it works like new. On the second one instead of taking off all the panels I just took off the back, reached in and removed the fan and fan motor and made the repair without taking off the other panels. I did find one thing that you didn't mention that should be of additional value to others with this problem. What I found as the cause for the fuse blowing was rust on the inside of both motors on the armature & frame which had prevented the fan from turning freely. I cleaned the rust away with sandpaper and small wire brush. I suppose the rust develops due to the humid air that is pulled through the unit by the fan. Thanks for posting your solution. For $4.00 and a couple hours time I now have two units that are working like new. Whole lot better than buying another new one!!! Thanks......

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  • LTBONRYE561 May 01, 2009

    THANKS FOR THE INFO . HAD THE SAME PROBLEM. AM HEADE TO RADIO SHACK.

    ONE QUESTION: WHY DIDN"T YOU SPRAY THE MOTOR FRAME AND ARMATURE WITH SOME WD 40?

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I wonder if a little squirt of WD40 would go a long way in preventing the rust problem?

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