Need help with dehumidifier troubleshooting ?
This page is for those who have bought a dehumidifier at their local home improvement store. We feel your pain. It probably seemed like a good deal at the time, but now you are experiencing problems with it. You are not alone, millions of people have experienced problems with the portable type dehumidifiers, with consistant freeze up problems, and their lack of ability to actually lower humidity. The reason why so many of these dehumidifiers change, is simply because they are not designed to handle the harsh conitions presented by most basements and crawl spaces. We've created this page to assist you in finding some dehumidifier troubleshooting tips which may be helpful, or of use to you. If you are looking to replace your unit, see which dehumidifier should I choose ?
Appliance grade dehumidifiers should come with the following disclaimer: Stop ! Using this appliance grade dehumidifier in your home will NOT protect your house's foundation and floors from moisture damage, lower humidity, or meet any of your expectations. !
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Dehumidifier Troubleshooting in a nutshell.
Dehumidifiers are designed to absorb and remove moisture from the air. They are helpful in places such as basements and crawl spaces. Dehumidifiers condense the moist air into water and then store it in a tank, or drain to a flor drain or sump. The tank must be periodically emptied, the period depending on the size of the dehumidifier. More advanced units, such as the Horizon dehumidifier, uses gravity to drain to a sump or floor drain, so there are no buckets to empty.
Follow these tips for any dehumidifier problem.
Dehumidifiers remove humidity from the air. Often, removing moisture assists in allergy control. Lowering humidiity is also helpful in controlling Dust Mites. To remove moisture from the air means to lower the humidity in a room. Dehumidifiers work according to what humidity level they are set to deliver to any room. If you want a room to be at the recommended level of 48-50% RH, you set the dehumidifier to accomplish this. You may need a moisture meter, available at most home improvement stores for a slight fee. The unit will stop dehumidifying when the humidity level has been attained. Therefore, check the humidity settings on your dehumidifier if you believe it is not lowering the humidity properly. If your unit does not turn on at all, check the power in the plug and make sure you are properly turning your unit to the "on" position. Most models will not go lower than 65 degrees F. If your dehumidifier froze, the compressor will shut off automatically. Allow the ice to melt before emptying the tank and restart the dehumidifier. This freeze up issue is mostly caused by the units inability to maintain proper humidity levels. Check out Horizon's Dehumidifiers which operates down to 33 Degrees F, without freeze up.
Unless you are licensed and qualified professional, do not try to repair a dehumidifier by yourself. If your unit is running constantly yet there is no water in the tank, try lowering the humidity control. If the problem persists, there may be a problem within the refrigeration system. You may need to pull the filter and clean it. Also try wiping off the unit itself. When the water tank is full, the unit will shut off and will not run until the tank is emptied. Horizon's Vert with no tanks to empty. The dehumidifier shuts off by a safety switch in the back of the unit. If the switch is not working properly, you may try manually pressing the button or slightly bending the switch.
If the fan motor is damaged or will not work, no cool air will be coming out of the dehumidifier. The unit, however, may still run. You may need to replace the motor. If the coils in the back of the dehumidifier constantly freeze, try turning off the unit for an hour or re-locating the unit to a higher position to allow the room to heat up. If your water tank is constantly full and you are emptying it on a daily basis, It may be a signifier that your dehumidifier is not sufficient to control the demand to lower humidity.
One main reason your dehumidifier may not be lowering humidity, is based in the air circulation it can provide. Many boxstore dehumidifiers use prop type fans, which are generally ineffective at circulating enough air to actually lower humidity.
Horizon Vert Whole House Dehumidifiers use a powerful 360 CFM blower, enough to remove 12.5 gallons of water from the air evry day ! With Horizon's 5 year compressor warranty, you will not need to be reading about dehumidifier troubleshooting again, for a very long time.