One of the handiest pieces of equipment I have in my home is my dehumidifier. I've used it for everything from helping to clear up my son's stuffy nose to getting rid of mold in the basement. But, one of my biggest pet peeves is taking my dehumidifier out and quickly noticing that it doesn't work.
The majority of the time, it malfunctions because there's ice on the coils. I used to call an electrician, who would charge me hundreds of dollars and would most certainly always show up late to my house.
After one particularly high bill, I decided hiring someone to fix it for me was a good use of my hard-earned money. I did some internet research and discovered some reasons why the coils freeze and how I could solve the problem.
When my kids aren't using it, I keep my dehumidifier in the basement. I learned that if the temperature down there falls below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, there's a high probability that the coils will freeze up. Cold air with moisture in it will add more chilly air than the dehumidifier can take, especially since the evaporator coils inside are cold to the touch to begin with.
Cold air tends to be closer to the ground and that's why it is important to keep your machine as high up as possible. Try placing your dehumidifier on a shelf a few feet off the ground, or using sturdy and heavy duty chains to hang it from the ceiling.
I learned that the easiest way to get ice to melt is to simply turn off this device. If it isn't on for a few hours, it can't collect cool air, so the ice is more likely to melt. Leave it off for two to three hours at a time, and your previously frozen device should be good to go!
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