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I have a Danby Silhouette and the fan works but the dehumidifier doesnt.

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Bryan, it may imply be a case of the humidity extraction level being set to high. Lower the level to 35% and see what happens. As far as the fan running is concerned. Most dehumidifiers are designed for the fan to run, even if the compressor doesn't turn ON. It's designed to keep the air circulating and if the humidity rises above the setting you have it on, the humidity sensor will pick up this change and turn the compressor ON.

Also, remove the air intake filter to see if it's clogged and needs cleaning. Maintain at least a minimum of 12" of free air space all around the dehumidifier. Poor air circulation will prevent the unit from working properly. As will, to low an ambient air tempeature. Most unit struggle to work at temperature between 40 & 60 degrees F.

Hope this helped you to troubleshoot and solve the problem. Please let me know. Thanks.

Posted on Jun 04, 2011

  • Anonymous Jun 04, 2011

    When the RH is set below the actual RH the compressor sounds like it starts up then stops.

  • Rich Landrum Jun 04, 2011

    Thanks for the info, Bryan. This may indicate the bucket activation switch is losing contact with the bucket (maybe due to the vibration of the compressor starting) . Remove the bucket and reinsert it. Make sure it makes contact with the trigger switch. Since you didn't mention it, I assume you checked the filter and cleaned it if necessary. . Be sure to set the extraction level well below the RH in your home. If this problem continues call Danby Consumer Support 800-263-2629

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