January 6, 2015

How to stop dehumidifier leaks

By Sears PartsDirect staff
How to stop dehumidifier leaks.
How to stop dehumidifier leaks.

Water leaking from the dehumidifier can cause expensive damage to your floor in a very short time. Here are several things that could cause the water leak.

  • The collection bucket is out of position. Make sure the bucket is under the coils.

  • The float switch is stuck, so it can’t shut off the dehumidifier when the collection bucket is full. Remove collection bucket from the dehumidifier and check that the float moves freely up and down.

  • The drain tube from the evaporator pan to the collection bucket is blocked, not allowing water to drain properly into the bucket. Remove the collection bucket and locate the drain tube attached to the drip tray. Push a small straw into the tube to clear the obstruction.

  • The collection bucket is cracked or damaged. Remove the bucket, wipe out dirt and water and inspect for cracks or holes.

  • The drain hose or adapter (if equipped) is loose or damaged. Check whether the hose adapter is properly inserted into the collection pan. Tighten the drain hose where it connects to the adapter. Check the drain hose for holes or cracks.

  • The coils that condense the moisture from the air are iced up. Set your dehumidifier on Fan Only to thaw coils. Remove and clean the air filter. Thaw coils completely and restart dehumidifier.

Symptoms common to all dehumidifiers

Choose a symptom to see related dehumidifier repairs.

Main causes: weak or dead batteries, out of range, radio frequency interference
Main causes: clogged drain hose, drain hose not properly connected
Main causes: dirty air filter, clogged grill, dehumidifier placed too close to the wall, dehumidifier too small for the space
Main causes: loose fan motor mounting screws, loose compressor mounting bracket screws, bad fan, faulty compressor
Main causes: dehumidifier too small for the space, bad humidity sensor, faulty evaporator thermistor, low refrigerant, bad compressor
Main causes: lack of electrical power, wiring failure, electronic control board failure, user interface control failure
Main causes: collection bucket not installed correctly, cracked collection bucket, loose drain hose connection
Main causes: collection bucket not installed, collection bucket full of water
Main causes: room temperature below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, control system failure

Repair guides common to all dehumidifiers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your dehumidifier.

January 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dehumidifier sensor assembly

If the humidifier sensor doesn’t properly detect humidity or evaporator temperature, install a new sensor assembly, following these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace a dehumidifier user interface control board

If the dehumidifier doesn’t respond when you try to set it, follow these steps to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a dehumidifier electronic control board

If the dehumidifier won’t power up because the control board has failed, use the steps in this repair guide to replace the electronic control board and fix your dehumidifier.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all dehumidifiers

Use the advice and tips in these articles to get the most out of your dehumidifier.

November 1, 2018

How to read a wiring schematic video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to decipher symbols so you can buy the right part for your problem.

December 18, 2014

What size dehumidifier do I need?

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Get help deciding what size of dehumidifier to buy.

July 1, 2014

Dehumidifier common questions

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Find answers to questions people often ask about their dehumidifiers.