I recently acquired a 54501 with a broken internal fan. The previous owner lost the manual and parts list. If anyone could give it's part # and/or give advice on how to remove/replace the fan that would be great. Also, I searched and searched Sears & Kenmore and could not find any downloadable manual or parts list. Did I miss it or is there any other place where one can be found?
I have the same dehumidifier. Pick it up used off ebay for 60 bucks shipped to me. Works fine. I removed the back cover to inspect the fan and compressor and there was a parts list in a small ziplock bag tapped inside. Take the back cover off and give it a look.
As I've recently posted a message, I've a similar unit with broken internal fan. I just placed an external fan in front of the unit and blowing front to back. With the air circulating, the unit is humming along happily and bucket fulls of water to harvest!! Don't bother fixing the fan motor, if that is the only problem, just place a small external fan instead.
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most units draw in the front and expel from the rear air , keeping filters clean (never run without one) is important for this function , frost on coils is a sure sign that air flow is low , or might be unit has lost [part of its gas charge due to heat build up from loss of cooling
Go by a local air conditioner supply house and ask them. Usually if they can't get the part they know where to go to get parts for home appliances like Dehumidifers. Take the fan motor with you they may have something on the shelf that will work.
Most likely the fan motor has broken. Without the fan, the compressor will overheat. There is a safety device inside that automatically shuts off the compressor to keep the overheating from destroying it. Check to see if you can feel air movement in the front or back of the unit while it is running. If not, then the fan motor has definitely broke. I had this exact problem on mine.
If you take the unit apart, you will find a parts list inside the unit. It will be inside a small plastic pouch. You can order a new fan motor from Sears. The cost is $30 plus shipping.
You will have to move the condensing coil in the front out a bit in order to exchange the motors. Just be careful not to break any of the copper lines. They are copper so they will flex quite a bit without breaking. Still, use caution. If you break the lines, all the refrigerant will leak out and your unit will be useless.
Check to make sure the fan works. I have one with a broken internal fan and it will appear to work but will not collect water. Do not be fooled by the noise from the compressor. If your fan is broken, the compressor will run until it overheats. There should be airflow that you can feel behind the unit which should be cool and not hot.