This is a relatively new dehumidifier.
When I open it all up, it looks brand new inside!
No frost, no mildew, all shiny and clean. :)
The problem is that I put the bucket in carefully trying to position it correctly.....I hear a little click....it runs for a second, and then stops.
I looked at the red button inside that would make contact with the back of the bucket.....and when I press it (as the bucket would) it MIGHT start....the most I would hear would be a click. If it did start, it would quickly stop.
I see what that red button is attched to inside the unit................what is that?
And how would I replace it?
And where would I get that part?
I read all the other messages....I hope I am not asking the same question.
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Re: Runs for a second
Your problem might be with the switch itself. remove the back of the unit. on the lower right side is the switch. with the bucket in place and the unit turned on play with the red or black wire. there might be an intermittent problem. if so look in the manual for the parts breakdown. it will list the part number for the switch. not hard to change. first remove the bucket,then go to the red button and remove the button. behind the button is a nut which holds the switch in place. remove the nut and the switch will come off from the back-----good luck
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Hi R. Remove the cover first, then use a damp cloth to clean the fan blades and the area around the motor. Put two teaspoons of baking soda in the dehumidifier's tank to prevent future mildew and mold odors. In the future, empty the dehumidifierregularly so that it doesn't have time to grow mold or bacteria.16 Jan 2017
ive seen this happen a few times what i allways found to be the cause was the hose and or fitting the hose is connected too has a build up of black mold (mildew) and gets stopped up you should remove and clean everything in a mild bleach soon as possible unit is not designed to overflow like that and water could get into some of the electrical parts inside there rendering it unuseable
Hi Eric where do you live? what is the Air on temperature i the basement? what is the Air off temp in the Basement? what temp difference are you getting.I ask where you are located in the world so we can work out the Ambient temperatures in the area.
Are the coils clean? If it has a filter is it clean? If yes to both, it has lost (leaked) refrigerant and it's time to buy a new dehumidifier. If the leak can be found it probably wouldn't be repairable and would cost more to fix than it's worth.
Unless equipped with special equipment most dehumidifiers will produce little if any water under 65-70 degrees. Many state operation down to 50-60 degrees but this was under lab conditions and therefore a marketing tool. The best performance is gained when the air temperature is above 70 degrees. The water you are finding is from melting frost, if you have a humidity problem you should be adding heat to the area to be dried, warm air holds much more moisture than cold and drying is much more effective if you can heat the area to around 80 degrees.
It may have lost its charge of refrigerant. Check the warranty for sealed system, or if it is just the compressor which is covered. There are coils above the bucket area. Check for possible frost on only part of the coil. It is a sign that it has a leak at some point and has lost its refrigerant charge. If it lost all the gas there will be no frost nor condensation on the coils. Four years old and $75 bucks, its your choice.
It sounds as if this may have electronic controls on it. If so, the problem could be related to too low of an ambient temperature or too low humidity in the air. If this design has a temperature sensor built into it, you may be experiencing "hibernation mode", where the unit will appear to be dead, when it is actually awaiting the proper temperature to employ itself.
The following statement is a parameter for all dehumidifiers and some of the control issues may vary, but the theory is the same.
Most dehumidifiers have a "Frost Guard" mounted on the condensor coil. If frost accumulates on the condensor coil the frost guard turns the compressor off until the frost melts, then comes back on again. For the dehumidifier to work properly, the surrounding (ambient), temperature must be higher than 65 degress. This temperature allows the moisture in the air to condense on the coils and drip into the reservoir without freezing up on the condensor coil. Also, if the humidity is too low, (below 45%), the same condition will occur. So it will help to keep the parameters in mind when you have this issue.
Thank you for your allowing me to advise you on this issue.
Pressure and temperature is directly related with refrigerants in the system. Ice building on part of the coils shows that the pressure inside the system is low and the system has lost some of its charge. Very low humidity with a low ambient temperature will also cause such a problem.