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Turns on, won't fill resevoir

Hello, My name is Josh. I have a Goldstar de-humidifier in my crawl space. The area is roughly 600 sq. ft. . I have never had this problem before but it seems the de-humidifier will turn on but won't pull moisture from the air. It also doesn't seem to be as loud as it was. When I turn the Drier knob past #3 the fan comes on but I don't hear what I assume is the sound of the condenser. I checked the interlock which works. It registers the resevoir but aside from that I'm afraid thats as far as I got. I also tested it on high and low fan settings. If you get a chance maybe you can toss me an idea or two. Thanks so much

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  • Anonymous Jun 11, 2008

    the same problem. Turn on for days and nop in the bucket.

  • David Varner Feb 11, 2009

    I have a very similar issue. Mine turns on and works for about 5 minutes. The coils seem to be frosting up. After this the compressor shuts off and only the fan runs continious. If I unplug it and replug it, the same cyle occurs.

    Everything appears fine, wire connectors good, blew out all of the coils, etc... The compressor does appear to be very hot?


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I have the same problem. Compressor doesn't turn on, but the fan runs, no matter how high I set it... it doesn't pull moisture from the air.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2007

    My apologies... I am a new user and submitted my reply as a solution instead of a comment.

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2007

    So any solutions if the compressor isn't running? Thank you!



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Check compressor is running

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Just purchased this product and we are having difficulty figuring out the best setting so that the unit will shut off and on. It seems to only run continious. The model no. is VK0025000CURNPF735A0794 ...

When a humidifier is first placed into service depending on the environment you placed it in, it can take up to a week to actually shut off.
Think about this...
Q? Why did you buy the unit in the first place?
Ans. Area you want to use it in is damp.

So the NEW humidifier has to really work hard to remove moisture from everything in the space.
Furiniture, structure to include cement floors and walls. This can take a very very long time initially. If there is a sump pump in the basement the humidifier needs to be placed quite a distance from the sump area. If the structure foundation and walls are allowing water seepage into the basement it may NEVER shut off.

If it does not shut off after several days. Move the unit to a small room upstairs that you can place it in and close the door just to test to see if the unit will cycle on and off. If it cycles on and off in a small room you may want to inspect your basement foundation and check for plumbing problems.

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What is the best humidity setting for a four foot high crawl space?

Depends on the cubic footage (length x width x height = cubic footage) and how damp it is. If you're not going to have to dump the collection tank (a drain hose is connected to the unit to run water out of the craw space and away from the house), I would run it on high for 24 hours and then lower it to medium for several days. After that, you should have a pretty good indication what it takes to keep the craw space dry. At least, until the next heavy, continuous rain storm.

If this is an on going problem, I'm not sure that a humidifier is the total answer. You need to look at the causes for this moisture (i.e) Are the downspouts carrying the water away from the house? Are the gutters and downspouts clogged with debris, causing the gutters to overflow? Does the earth around the foundation need to be regraded, so that water runs away from the foundation? Has the moisture barrier on the outside, underground around the foundation failed? Would installing an automatic sump pump in the crawl space be more efficient?

So, in addition to the dehumidifier, you need to look at the big picture and eliminate the cause(s).

Hope this helps to solve your problems.

Looking for floor drain hole cover that accepts a hose

yep home depot get one with holes and a plastic tie will keep it in place


As an example, if you want the Humidity % factor to be 50%, 70% or whatever % you want in the space in question to be, set it at whatever % you want the space to be and the humidifier will work until it reaches that setting. It will then shut down until it determines that the humidity has reached a level that requires dehumidifying again. You can set it to run for 2 hours and it then it will shut down for 2 hours, or you can set it to run for 4 hours and then it will shut down for 4 hours. You just have to decide just how humid the area is that you are dealing with.
Go to; and search for Goldstar Dehumidifiers and you can read comments by others who have purchased this brand. I, myself have one in my celler that has been running for over two years and it has made a world of differance down there.
Good luck. :)

My lg 30 is not working.

It is supposed to. There is a float that rises as the container fills. When the container is filled to capacity, the float is at its highest point and the humidfier turns off. At the same time, the red light comes on. This is normal. When you remove the container, the red light stays on b/c the float is still at its highest position. It is designed to do this so the humidifier doesn't run when the container is not installed. If the light does not turn off after you replace the container, give the humidifier a tap to move the float back.

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You may get a better effect if you ventilated the crawl space.

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Might it be that the unit simply needs a full thorough cleaning including the tiny spaces between fins? Dust can gather and block air passage on many of the components of a dehumidifier not only on the filter. in some extreme cases, the unit could be undercharged (insufficient) coolant. A service shop engaged in the business of cleaning and repairing air conditioners should also be able to work on your unit.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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Dehumidifer seems to run constantly

With that low of a setting it will most likely be kicking in alot more often. Most people run their dehumidifiers between 60-65%. It is a matter of preference. Also some basements hold out moisture more than others. There could be alot of variables affecting this. One thing you need to make sure is that you have the correct placement. Make sure you dont keep it near the sump pump or any other standing water because those areas have more humidity due to the water being there. Also make sure it is not in an area like a laundry room because when your washing machine despenses water it is despensing moisture into the air. I try to keep it at a central location if at all possible and away from areas that have water. If you found this solution helpful please rate it when you get a chance. Thanks - Tech101
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