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Dehumidifier switches on and off continuously

I just bought this dehumidifier used and have never owned a one before so please excuse my ignorance on the subject. It looks new but I'm not sure if it is or not. I bought it as used. I have it set on the 3 hour setting but it isn't staying on. It switches on and off. Is it supposed to turn itself on and off every couple of minutes, about every 2 minutes? The fan is working and it doesn't feel real hot. Is it supposed to do that? PLEASE answer as this will drive me crazy not knowing. It is a Kenmore model 580.54501 if that makes any difference. If it isn't normal,Can you tell me what is wrong with it? Thanks, Patty

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  • trytodryboy Nov 22, 2007

    when turned on bucket full light comes on and unit shuts itself off.



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Please let me know if you still have this problem

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Patty - Is it possible that the dehumidifier is cycling... meaning there is not enough moisture in the air for it to run constantly.

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For sure this is an error and could be a fault in the heater panel or the motor drive.
Must remove out and check if the fault goes off on disconnection of one of the above.

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