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Posted on Sep 07, 2007

How to connect drain hose?

I know I am going to kick myself when I get the answer...... I can't figure out how to connect the drain hose to the dehumidifier. I lost the manual. Thanks!

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  • PALrose Nov 26, 2007

    I have paid someone to connect my Kenmore 54501 dehumidifier so it empties into a hose that goes outside, instead of emptying the pail every 2 days as the machine is in my attice and hard to get to. He has been back now 3 times as the pail is still filling up. We don't know what to do. He has taped the piece on etc. Could there be a piece (a clamp) missing? I don't have a manual and would like one but also I'd like to see one online to see what we are doing wrong. He thinks a piece is missing.

  • PALrose Nov 26, 2007

    I have paid someone who has been here 3 times to hook my dehumidifier to drain to the outside via a hose. For some reason the pail keeps filling up instead. I do not have a manual but called for info. We don't know what is wrong. Could a piece like a "clamp" be missing? Please help.

    He has already taped the connector piece to the dehumidifier on the outside and just now puttied it inside. I think it's puttied between the connector and the black rubbery piece. He said some water was in the hose but the pail was also full. It's in my attic and I am disabled so I can't empty the pail every 2 days.

  • stupidmachin Nov 16, 2008

    I have the same problem. I have reconnected it several times, but the bucket keeps filling up instead of draining through the hose.

    Please help!

  • drpankajgarg May 11, 2010

    i did that but water is still collecting in bucket


1 Answer



You need the white pipe that came with it. Remove the circle on the back left of the unit with pliers or a screwdriver. Take out the bucket. screw the hose to the pipe. Push the pipe through the hole in back and break through the rubber membrane. In front, connect the white pipe to the elbow pipe at the top. Make sure the smaller tab on the white pipe (back of machine) is pointing down and the larger one up. The smaller tab goes behind the back cover and (sort of) holds the pipe in place. You still need the bucket in place for the machine to turn on.

  • RayinBoston Jul 05, 2011

    Does it matter if the hose is coiled on the ground? Also, I removed that "rubber membrane" around the hole that the white pipe comes in through? Is that o.k.?

  • RayinBoston Jul 05, 2011

    By the way, that elbow pipe that the white pipe connects to, doesn't seem to have any opening to it. How does the water from the bucket get into it, and ultimately out the hose?


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