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Re: My dehumidifier is dead
If your dehumidifier shows no signs of life:
1) Check the power. Be sure it is plugged into a working outlet and turned on.
2) Unplug the dehumidifier unit and check the power cord. If necessary, replace the cord.
3) Remove the cover panel.
4) Look for ice. If you see any ice blocking parts, let the ice melt and do not use the unit until room temperature exceeds 65 degrees F (most dehumidifiers are not designed for use in colder spaces and may freeze up). Many people find that, by unplugging the unit and waiting about 30 days into the season, the problem is cured.
5) Remove and test the overflow cutoff switch.
6) Remove the humidistat and check it. Replace it if necessary.
7) If the unit still doesn't work, call an appliance repairperson or take the unit into an appliance repair shop --the compressor motor or the relay and overload switch may be the problem.
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Check your tank. Remove it and look to be sure that there isn't any shipping foam or foreign objects in the area which may be keeping the safety switch open. If the area is clear check the switch to make sure that it is not stuck and it moves freely. If that is OK replace the tank and make sure that it is installed completely and correctly. Try it again. If it still does not work I would take it back to the store and have them check it out under the warranty. Good luck.