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What's the proper humidity level for my home?

It depends. Generally, the colder the weather outside, the more humidity you need inside. That's because colder air tends to be drier air and, as the outside temperature drops, the moisture is drawn out of the house. To gauge the humidity level in your home, use an accurate hygrometer. Most people find that humidity levels between 40 and 50% are comfortable during the heating season.

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How dehumidifiers work

Dehumidifier Not Working

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dehumidifier not working are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Bucket Switch

When the water bucket reaches its capacity, the bucket switch opens to shut off the dehumidifier. If the bucket switch fails while it is open, it will prevent the dehumidifier from running. To determine if the bucket switch is defective, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the bucket switch does not have continuity, replace it.

Humidistat

The humidistat monitors the level of moisture in the air. When the moisture level is too high, the contacts in the humidistat close to allow the dehumidifier to run. If the humidistat contacts fail, the dehumidifier will not run. To determine if the humidistat is defective, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the humidistat does not have continuity, replace it.

Control Board

The control board monitors the level of moisture in the air. When the moisture level is too high, the contacts in the humidistat close to allow the dehumidifier to run. If the control board is defective, the dehumidifier will not run.

Humidity Sensor

The humidity sensor monitors the level of moisture in the air. When the moisture level is too high, the contacts in the humidity sensor close to allow the dehumidifier to run. If the humidity sensor is defective, the dehumidifier will not run.

Incoming Power Problem

The electrical outlet might not be getting power. To determine if the outlet is getting power, plug an electrically-powered unit into the outlet and see if the unit turns on. If the outlet does not seem to be getting power, check the circuit breakers or fuses to identify the problem.

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