During the summer, the humidity can be awful. I remember one funny incident in which my wife, Mel, and I were getting ready to go to a friend's wedding. Mel came into the house after getting her hair professionally done at the salon. After an hour of being inside her hair was just as frizzy and messy looking as when she left for her appointment! That's when we decided we needed an appliance to keep the humidity at bay. The next day, we bought a dehumidifier.
This appliance has been incredibly useful. We've moved it around to virtually every room of our house. We even convinced my sister that she should put one in her newborn daughter's room.
But, unfortunately, dehumidifiers malfunction from time-to-time. I've found that one of the most common reason this happens is because there is mold that grows inside the appliance. When I first noticed this on my dehumidifier, I thought to myself, "Isn't this machine supposed to prevent mold from forming?"
I quickly learned that it is important to take care of your dehumidifier so that you don't find yourself with a broken piece of equipment when you need it most. I spoke to my cousin, Ken, who works as an electrician, and he gave me some pointers on how to prevent mold from forming.
Ken advised me to clean the water-holding compartment with a watered down bleach solution every month or so. Doing so just one time every thirty days will stop mold from breeding. After all, the last thing you want is mold blowing out of the vents.
Finally, Ken told me that if my dehumidifier has a lot of mold, I should take a vacuum and use the brush attachment to clean the coils. My cousin also told me that it was a good idea to clean the mesh filter use a combination of gentle soap and water.
I'm so glad I listened to cousin Ken. I am happy to report that since I followed his advice, I haven't seen any mold in my dehumidifier!