Kenmore dehumidifier troubleshooting

A Kenmore dehumidifier is a good option for removing 30 to 70 pints of water from the air every day.

Mold, mildew, and allergens build up in the air when it is too moist. Once paired with an air conditioner, a dehumidifier will help boost efficiency as it reduces moisture levels so that I need less energy to do its job.

This keeps at bay the chances of mold forming on your furniture and clothing for example. As an ENERGY STAR compliant appliance, our dehumidifiers are also easy to clean and maintain.

kenmore dehumidifier troubleshooting

Here we discuss some problems of Kenmore dehumidifier troubleshooting.

Kenmore dehumidifier won’t work

A bucket switch that is related to the circuit board in a dehumidifier sense when the bucket is full and opens up a switch to stop the dehumidifier from running.

If you notice water spilling around the bottom of your dehumidifier, which means it has tipped over or spilled out, you will want to make sure this switch is not defective.

To test for open circuit condition on the bucket switch, you’ll need to use a meter with a buzzer/continuity check (or just use an ohm-meter).

Loud or noisy Kenmore Dehumidifier

Turn the fan blade by hand to test if the blade spins freely. Test the dehumidifier for power – is there power going through the cords? Test the motor with a multimeter to determine if it’s working correctly.

If any of these things don’t seem to be working, consider replacing the motor so that you may return your unit to a fully functional state.

If the fan wheel doesn’t spin or is getting stuck, inspect it. As well as make sure it’s secure.

If you find that the wheel has begun to wobble after use, check whether it’s still secure. If so, then tighten the screws at the base of the wheel or replace them with a new ones!

Water is leaking from Kenmore’s dehumidifier

The bucket might not be fit for purpose and has a crack, or it could be positioned incorrectly. So, inspect it for cracks and make sure it is fitted correctly.

A water drain hose might not have a gasket on its fitting, or the gasket might not be in place properly.

The Kenmore dehumidifier’s fan is not working

Suppose the fan blade is not turning easily. The first step to taking care of this is to make sure that the blades are not rubbing against the inside of the fan housing as they spin.

To do this, try spinning the blades by hand and see if there’s any sign of resistance or rubbing as you do so.

If there is, then this type of problem can usually be solved by tightening one of the screws on either side of the motor (called a Phillips head screwdriver).

You can check if this is inside one blade relative to another using graphite lubricant or WD-40 and some small pliers or vice grips.

Just spray a little bit on each blade and also use a little bit on the shaft where they connect together at their pivots.

Kenmore dehumidifier’s  capacitors issues

It’s possible that the compressor of your dehumidifier has stopped running if it is not pulling water from the air and the temperature in the room is above 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

The compressor circulates the refrigerant through the evaporator in order to remove moisture from the air.

Keep in mind that if a capacitor has failed, it will disrupt power to your dehumidifier, causing it to overheat and shut itself off – and in this case, you could replace it yourself.

Kenmore dehumidifier’s Humidity Sensor is defective

The Humidity Sensor monitors the percentage of moisture in the air. When the level is too high, the circuit inside closes, allowing the Dehumidifier to run properly.

If this sensor is broken, it may cause a number of issues with the Kenmore dehumidifier. We recommend checking this part before you move on to other repairs or replacements.

Freezing Up problems with Kenmore dehumidifiers

In a clogged air filter, loose dirt forms a barrier between the evaporator coils and the air.

This reduces the amount of airflow reaching the coils, consequently making them too cold. As humid air passes by the cold coils, it freezes and blocks the coils with ice.

If your dehumidifier’s coil is blocked with ice remove all frozen debris from top to bottom.

It’s very important that you don’t just blast hot water over it in order to avoid damaging the material or electronics of your dehumidifier.

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