It isn’t enough to buy a certain house accessory and use it continuously without doing proper maintenance. Sooner or later you will find yourself spending more money for repairs just because you were not able to maintain a machine. Before you know it, you’re stuck in a vicious cycle of buying stuff that may lead you to empty pockets.
A dehumidifier just like any other gadget must undergo regular maintenance in order to prolong its lifespan and to achieve a constant efficiency from the unit. The question is how do you maintain it? There are easy and simple steps in order to maintain a dehumidifier.
• Clean the grills and air ways
The pathway of the dehumidifier for air collects dust and unwanted debris. Too much collection of dirt can cause poor performance from the unit. So, the best way to clean the pathways is by using a vacuum brush. A vacuum brush eliminates debris and dust and will ensure the dehumidifier’s smooth flowing operation.
• Scan coils for frost or ice
When a dehumidifier is used in colder temperatures then it has a tendency to build up frost or ice around coils that might lower down its operation and efficiency. In the case you find it behaving abnormally and you think the cause is because of a frost or ice build-up then turn the unit off and unplug it. This will make sure that the coils within the dehumidifier are safely accessible. However, keep in mind that not all models of dehumidifiers allow you to access their internal parts. The worst case scenario is if you do get to access them, it might void the warranty you got from purchasing the unit.
The best way to handle this kind of situation is by contacting your manufacturer. They have a way of tracking the cause of your unit’s malfunctioning and can even supply you with the steps you need to take in order to fix it. It is also important that before you have the dehumidifier checked by the manufacturer, try checking the user’s manual that came along with the unit to see if there are any troubleshooting tips for such malfunction.
• Clean the bucket of reservoir frequently
A dirty water container can cause mold and mildew to breed in it. The presence of these harmful organisms can lead to respiratory problems because it can ride along the air that the humidifier breathes out. Regularly check and empty the water tank in order to remove any kind of dirt and debris. Normally, the number of times the water container of the unit should be cleaned is indicated in the user’s manual so it is advisable to read about them and strictly follow what it says.
• Replace the filter
The filter of the dehumidifier is the one that blocks harmful airborne particles found in the air. The filter doesn’t only serve as a protection of the internal parts; it also guarantees a healthier and cleaner air.
• Adjust the humidistat
The adjustment of the humidistat ensures the removal of the necessary amount of moisture. A humidistat, which is found in all types of dehumidifiers, is an instrument that manipulates the amount of moisture the dehumidifier removes from the air. When the humidity is set too high, the dehumidifier won’t be able to perform its main job of fixing the humidity. On the other hand, if the humidity is set too low, the dehumidifier will be overworked and will remove too much moisture from the air causing an uncomfortable and dry environment.