I was given this dehumidifier by a friend. It work great for a while then all of a sudden it just trips the GFCI breaker in the wall outlet every time you plug it in. The house circuit and outlet are at 20amps. There are no obvious burn mark inside. Any thoughts? I am finding it very difficult to locate a service center for this model.
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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.
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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
Not very likely check your paperwork what warranty did you get when you purchased this unit? you might have completed some papers and returned them to an address for the warranty to be accepted. It sounds to me like the unit is going straight to earth when switched on, this looks like a compressor fault, but would have to be checked to be sure.
See if you have a grounded circut in the appliance. Check 1 flat to your volt ohm meter. Connect the other probe from meter to the other flat. And you should get a reading of resistance. Next connect 1 probe to the flat then the other to ground. A reading - indicates nothing until the next step. Now try the other flat to the ground?
1 Of these flats are connected to the nutural and possible feed through or back to ground in the appliance. The other one though should not read to ground. If you get a ground reading on both flat of the plug in someting is together that should not be.
If you dont get a readign try plugging in at a different outlet. A circut that has too much load will cause circut breakes to over heat and trip.
If it runs at a different outlet make sure its on a different breaker. If its on the same breaker it will probably start acting up again.
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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.