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You shouldn't be using R22 anymore as it is being phased out and is bad for the environment. If it is not working, you might want to call in a pro to do the job. They'll have to hook up the dehumidifier to a manifold to essentially **** all the R22 out, ensure that there are no leaks, and replace it with a R22 substitute. It's going to take a few hours, so be prepared to pay $$$. The alternative is to bring it to a municipal recycling center or whoever that will accept it and buy a new one. You can't just throw it away.
on Apr 19, 2013
My dehumidifier no longer takes moisture out of
Maryann, your uinit may not need to be repaired. As, there are 5 basic, yet solvable reason for what you described. Please pay particular attention to numbers 1 & 2.
1. The humidity extraction level is set to HIGH. Lower it to 32-35%. If you have an analog unit
set the humidity extraction level on Maximum.
2. Air intake filter is dirty or clogged. Turn unit OFF, & Unplug the
Unit, before removing to inspect & clean it, if necessary. If washed,
allow filter to completely dry before reinstalling. DO NOT operate
the unit without the filter.
3. Obstructed air flow. Maintain a minimum of 12 to 18" of clear air
space around the entire unit.
4. Cooling coils are dirty and need to be cleaned. Use warm water & dish washing liquid to
clean the coils. Rinse and wipe dry. Apply a light coating of WD40 to the coils.
5. Ambient air temperature at floor level is between 40 - 60 degrees.
dehumidifiers do not work well between those temperatures
(Unless, you have a Low Temp Unit). This applies mainly to
where the air
temperature at floor level is colder than at shoulder level
in basement applications. Raising the unit up off the floor,
onto a sturdy table, counter top, etc, that can handle the weight
of the unit, plus a full tank of water, will usually resolve this
none of the above solves the problem, it may be a case of the
compressor needs to be recharged with refrigerant gas or that the humidity condenser sensor has failed. These things usually occur in units that are
5 years old or older. It's rare in a unit younger than that. But, it
I really hope the above information will help you to troubleshoot & solve the problem without having to make repairs. Thanks for choosing FixYa.
on Aug 14, 2011
Icing up on our dehumidifier
typically happens when there is a lot of dust in air. Try cleaning it VERY well, which would mean, shutting it for a few days, letting it melt and dry off, then not only vacuuming it, but then take an air gun (or Air in a can) and get the dust off the coils. Obviously if there is a filter clean it, or replace it.
Check for bent fins on the coil. Most of the newer ones (and yours should as well) have an auto defrost to help with that.
on Jun 26, 2009
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