How to Fix a Danby Dehumidifier
I need your advice on how to fix a Danby dehumidifier.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled around two million dehumidifiers by Danby due to overheating and a few fires.
It is quiet an accomplishment for a dehumidifier to catch fire. I thought that recall was for Gree.
The recall includes Danby, Gree and several other brands sold through 2005 and 2013.
Now we’re down to which dehumidifiers are not included in the recall.
Danby’s DDR models, between 30 and 65 pints, are all recalled.
I do not have those. I think mine is a 70 pint unit.
So we cannot say that the unit overheating and thus not dehumidifying is the cause of the problem. What is going on?
It is not dehumidifying well.
Danby’s dehumidifiers are plus or minus five percent on the humidity. If the humidity level you set is a little lower than that in the room, it won’t do much.
I’m not sure it does anything.
Turn down the humidistat and see if it does anything at all.
Even when it runs, it does not seem to collect much water.
Change out the air filters and clean the coils to improve its efficiency. Then it may start working again.
What if it is not working at all?
First, make sure it is plugged in. Then make sure it is turned on and actually set to a humidity level less than that in the room, and that the circuit breaker for the outlet it is plugged into is not blown.
I put that in the category of dehumidifiers for really stupid people.
Check the drain pan for an obstruction, that the bucket is all the way against the sensor since it won’t run if it thinks the bucket is not there and that the float sensor is not stuck in full.
I know it won’t run if the water bucket is full.
If the bucket has a leak or the drain pan is spilling water on the floor, it will run a lot without doing much good.
I can see where misdirected water flow could cause problems. What if it is freezing up?
Open it up to let it thaw before you run it again, and if it does not cool down the coils, you know you need a refrigerant recharge.
The HVAC guy will charge me a fortune for that.
Your house AC is a hundred to three hundred to recharge, but the dehumidifier uses much less refrigerant. But if the coil cannot get cool, you have an over-priced and under-performing air filter.
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Last update 2021-09-21. Price and product availability may change.