Runs, but overheated, tripped outlet causing freezer full of rotten food
After 2+ years of my dehumidifier and small dorm-size freezer being plugged into the same outlet, which is mounted ON the breaker box, I discovered a freezer full of rotten food the other night after the dehumidifier had tripped the outlet at least 5 days earlier. The dehumidifier had been set to 55% humiditiy level. My sump pump never runs because I live in a very dry area, but it's a basement, so to me it's humid, and I am VERY sensetive to ANY humidity. Anyway, I had to reset the outlet, turned the dehumidifier back on, and within 5 minutes the outlet tripped again. So I reset it, etc. again, and it happened a third time. After a few more minutes I noticed burning/hot smell coming from the dehumidifier, so I did NOT turn it back on again, but instead unplugged it. I plugged a lamp into the same outlet along with the freezer and nothing ever tripped, so the dehumidifier is definitely the culprit. What would cause this after only 2 years and how can I prevent it from happening again? I don't run it in the winter, so it hasn't even had 2 full/continuous years of use. I am beyond disappointed and furious that I lost $100+ worth of food, some of which was meant for a bridal shower this weekend. I will likey not have it serviced but will buy a new one instead, but it won't be another Maytag.
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It could need replacing or the outlet that the unit is plugged into is at fault. Check you main circuit breaker panel, to see if a breaker has been tripped. Also, check the outlet's receptacle for internal damage or a loose or broken wire. In addition, try plugging it into another receptacle that is on a different circuit, than the one it's plugged into now. All these things are part of the process of elimination, in troubleshooting and finding the problem.
First, check the outlet that it's plugged into, to make sure that there's still power to the outlet. If there isn't, then the circuit breaker for that outlet has been tripped, in your home's circuit breaker panel. Leave the dehumidifier unplugged and reset the circuit breaker. If it trips again, without the dehumidifier unplugged, then the outlet is at fault. Perhaps there's a loose wire connection or the interior of the outlet is cracked.
If it didn't trip without the dehumidifier plugged in, plug the unit it in,. But, before you do, make sure the dehumidifier's Master ON/OFF Switch is OFF. Once it's plugged in, turn the Master ON/OFF Switch to ON and set your controls. If it runs now, GREAT! If it trips the circuit breaker again, there's either a short in the power cord or an internal electrical short. Which will require extensive troubleshooting to find.
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Have you tested the outlet it's plugged into, to make sure it still has power? If it doesn't, check the circuit breaker panel in you home for a tripped circuit breaker. If there is one, unplug the dehumidifier, before resetting it. Then plug the dehumidifier back in. If the circuit breaker trips again, the problem is within the dehumidifier or the outlet is faulty (i.e. Loose wire, burned wire, broken outlet). If the outlet is not faulty, you should contact Haier America Parts and Repair 877-337-3639.
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Hopefully, it's not a problem inside the unit that's causing the circuit breaker to trip. Is there another electrical appliance plugged into the same outlet or on that circuit that is ON and draws 15 amps of power? If so, that's the problem. If that's not the case, turn the circuit breaker OFF and remove the outlet cover, so you can inspect the receptacle and it's wiring. A loose wiring connection or a broken or cracked receptacle could be the issue. If you don't find any damage reassemble the outlet and turn the circuit breaker back ON. Instead of plugging in the dehumidifier, plug in a lamp or something similar and turn it ON. Leave it on for more than 5 minutes to see if the circuit breaker trips again. If it does, you'll know the problem is either with the outlet receptacle or the circuit breaker. If doesn't, plug in the dehumidifier (Make sure the Master ON/OFF Switch on the unit is in the OFF position, before plugging it in. Then turn the Master ON/OFF Switch to ON and set your controls. If the circuit breaker trips again, the problem is in the dehumidifier. You will need to call Whirlpool Customer Care, as it's an internal electrical issue.
the outlet that you have the dehudifier plugged into has too many items plugged in on the same circuit and when the compressors kicks in it draws more amperage than the breaker load can hold thus popping the breaker either remove some electrical apliances from that circuit load or plug in elsewhere
The dimming is probably normal, especially if the motor is a split winding type that has a start and a run winding. Ususlly, it will use a capacitor also. You can view the wiring diagram to see if this is the case.
compressor problem. Talked with coworker who had the same problem. He brought his in for repair and was told the compressor needed to be replaced. The cost of compressor close to the cost of a new unit so time for a new one.