I'm having a problem with our Dehumidifier in the basement. It's the typical portable basement unit. The unit kicks on and off every 10 seconds. It sounds like the condensor is kicking out, but I'm not sure if it's the capacitor or the condensor. Can you help?
CHANCES ARE THE DUAL CAPACITOR HAS BLOWN APART...YOU WILL KNOW THIS IF THE SIDE WALL IS RUPTURED. THE CAPACITOR IS LOCATED TO THE RIGHT OF THE COMPRESSOR MOUNTED WITH 1/4 HEX SCREW..PART NUMBER WILL BE 50150115N001..AROUND $17-21.00.
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Freon is no longer used, it has been banned by the EPA. Never the less, the first thing you should do is clean the coils. If they are dirty, it will cause the unit to freeze up or frost over. Warm water and a mild dish washing detergent will do the trick. Wipe them off thoroughly and then dry them. Then apply a thin coating of WD40.
Another cause is using the unit in a basement application. The air temperature at floor level is colder than at chest level. Dehumidifiers struggle at temperatures between 40 & 65 degrees F (unless, you have a Low Temp Model designed for basement applications). Raising the unit up off the floor on to a sturdy table, counter top etc that can handle the weight of the unit and a full bucket of water, will generally resolve the problem
And finally, the defrost sensor may be faulty and needs to be replaced.
If none of the above solves the problem for you, have the refrigerant checked,. it may need to recharged.
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be very careful - with the unit unplugged - try shorting the capacitor with an insulated screwdriver. if you get a healthy spark - the cap is probably ok. if you don't replace the cap. the cap is used in the motor's start winding.