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How to Deal with Common Dehumidifier Problems

If you live in a high humidity area, you are probably well aware of the discomfort provoked by your local weather. A dehumidifier is a great way to ensure that the high humidity air in your area will not bother you while you are at home or at your work place. However, purchasing such a device is not just a matter of comfort. It can also prevent bacteria, mildew and mold thus helping you maintain your walls and your furniture in a good condition. However, like all electric devices, a dehumidifier can experience several problems. If you want to avoid paying unnecessary repair costs, you need to know how to deal with common humidifier problems.

Problem 1: the dehumidifier won’t turn on

There can be two main causes for your humidifier’s refusal to turn on. For starters, you may have a defective outlet. Try plugging something else in to see if that outlet delivers power. If it doesn’t, you need to call in an electrician. If it does, then the problem lies with the dehumidifier. The problem may be that the humidifier is set on a higher humidity level which has already been reached. If that is not the case, perhaps the reservoir is full and needs to be emptied. If none of these actions manage to solve your problem, try to look for another switch which might control the device. Perhaps you let the reservoir full for too long and it blocked a certain switch by pressing it for too long. If none of these solutions work, you might want to look for a new model. Check out the 2015 best dehumidifier reviews in order to avoid this problem in the future. Defective outlets can be factory defects. Reading reviews will help you determine if a certain brand is known for this type of factory defects.

Problem 2: the evaporator coils are frozen

Most humidifiers work by condensing the air when it passes near the cold evaporator coils. However, if the air in the room is too cold, it is possible for the condensation to freeze on the coils. If this happens, turn off the device for twenty minutes in order to allow the coils to refreeze. If the problem occurs very often, your dehumidifier might not be suitable for your average room temperature. For cold rooms such as the basement, manufacturers recommend special dehumidifiers which feature de-icing mechanisms.

However, when dealing with a commercial dehumidifier, which is probably fit permanently and is supposed to dehumidify very large areas, the safest solution is to call a professional. The basic concept may be the same on a normal and a commercial dehumidifier, but with the latter, wiring and plumbing may also be involved, and you don’t want to tumble the entire system over it.

Problem 3: Reservoir is filled too fast or it does not fill at all

When it comes to problems associated with the level of water in the reservoir, the cause of the problems is probably a humidity level setting. If it does not fill yet you feel the air to be very moist, it is possible for the humidity level to be set too high so the humidifier considers that there is no reason to run. If it runs too much, the humidity level may be set on the highest stat. It is also possible for the dehumidifier’s grill to be dirty thus impeding proper airflow or perhaps the cold coils are clogged with dirt and they can no longer adjust the air temperature. It is also possible for the dehumidifier model to be too weak for your area or for the designated room.

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