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Bucket full light is on, but there is no water in the bucket

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I had the same problem. For me the fix was to take all the covers off, remove the bucket switch, clean the contacts on the switch, and i poured alcohol all over the switch and repeatedly pressed on the actuator . I dried it all off, put everything back and it worked again like a charm.

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SOURCE: Full Bucket light stays on so dehumidifier will

If you don't have the manual it's here for free...

http://www.retrevo.com/support/LG-LHD45EL-manual/id/17335ci969/t/2/

Look at the picture in the upper right corner of page 12. The RED button is located in the upper left rear of the bucket cavity.

It may be jammed. Tap on it to make sure it moves freely. It must be pressed IN to indicate NOT FULL and allow operation. You should hear a click when it changes state and the light should go on and off. The weight of the float in the bucket presses it in until the water level rises.

Posted on Jul 14, 2011

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