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Does this dehumidifier auto restart after power interuption?

There are very short power interuptions where I live and I've discovered that certain pieces of gear (like a dehumidifier that runs in the background) should survive an interuption and restart afterward. I use lockout timers for gear like this, set to about 5 min, to prevent compressor damage from power flickering. But, of course, for this to work, the gear has to restart after outage. I've already got one dehumidifier, the Soleus 25pint/d, that does not auto restart... and it's a pain in the a__. Is the Bionaire 20pint/d the duhumidifier for me? Thanks Dave P.S. If anyone has any mods for making these dehumids survive an outage, please lemme know.

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Thanks for a stab at it, JD. Well, sure, UPS units are an option. But realize that anything with a motor in it, i.e. a compressor, has a large current demand, particularly when it starts. Since a dehumidifier operates on a humidistat, there's no way to tell it 'you're operating on the UPS unit right now, so don't start up if you're stopped'. Starting the compressor on an UPS unit that won't support the draw will damage the compressor. UPS manufacturers specifically state these details in the fine print. But more to the point, I don't have to worry about this with my refrigerator, freezer, furnace, etc. It would be nice if manufacturers simply accomodated this rather common situation. I know that some do. It would be nice to have a list of all 25pint/d dehumids that restart after power failure. Also, it's also possible to restart, but on some manufacturer predetermined setting. So it would be nice to know which gear restarts after power failure and also resumes settings. It would also be nice to have a million dollars. All equal in likelihood.

But, thanks for the suggestion JD and have a great day,
Dave

Posted on Sep 30, 2008

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Hey dehumidiguy,

Have you considered an appropriately rated UPS unit for ridethrough ? American Power Conversion offers a sizing calculator on their website that will tell you the size UPS needed to provide ridethrough based on the load size and the amount of time you need it to continue operating.

Good luck,

JD Howell
Eugene, OR
Cut20.com

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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