July 19, 2010

RepairClinic.com – Troubleshooting Your Dehumidifier

Posted in appliance parts, Health, RepairClinic.com, Weather tagged , , , , , , , at 6:46 am by Liliana

Dehumidifier Parts

Dehumidifier Parts

With the summer in full swing and humidity at record levels, it is important to have your dehumidifier working as efficiently as possible. If something does go wrong, don’t despair. RepairClinic has all the information you need to fix your unit quickly. And if you need parts, visit our website.

Here are a few steps to help you diagnose your problem:

The coils frost up
The coils (on the back of your dehumidifier) are the evaporator. When the unit runs, the coils get very cold. As the fan draws the room air over the coils, the humidity in the air condenses out onto the cold coils. If the temperature of the air the fan draws over the coils is too cool, the humidity that condenses out of the air freezes on the coils.

To remedy this problem, you can try any of these:

Warm up the room the dehumidifier is in.
Put the dehumidifier on a sturdy table (the room air is coolest near the ground).
Turn the unit off until the room warms up.

It runs, but no air blows out the front of the unit
Your dehumidifier has a circulating fan that draws the room air over the coils. If there’s no air movement out the front or the back of the unit, the fan motor may be burned out or stuck, or the fan blade may be broken. If so, you need to replace the fan motor or the fan blade.

The indicator light is on, but the unit doesn’t run
The tank may be full. Your dehumidifier has a safety device that turns off the appliance when the water tank is full. Usually the tank itself either presses against a switch or there’s a device connected to the tank that triggers a switch when the tank is in place and full.

If you’ve emptied the tank and the unit doesn’t run, inspect the place where the tank rests to see if there’s a switch or mechanism that’s not being activated. You may be able to turn it on with a simple flick of your finger.

The container fills up too quickly
When the container fills quickly, your dehumidifier is doing its job. If the container fills quickly for many days in a row, you may want to locate the source of the humidity (for example, is there an unsealed crawl space?) and see if you can correct the problem at the source.

The container doesn’t fill
If your dehumidifier doesn’t seem to run often but the humidity in the room is high, try adjusting the humidistat control on the dehumidifier to a dryer setting. If the dehumidifier seems to run constantly, but there’s little or no water in the container, there may be a problem in the refrigeration system. Try cleaning the unit. If that doesn’t work, you can not repair the refrigeration system yourself. This is the time to call a qualified appliance repair technician.

July 9, 2010

Enjoying the Heat Wave

Posted in Food, Health, Serbia, Weather tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:38 am by Liliana

Pleasures of summer

Pleasures of summer

Large parts of the US and the world are suffering from an intense heat wave. The temperature and the humidity are high. The sun is unforgiving in its glare. It is not fun being outside.

The best thing to do is stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day (between 10 am and 3 pm.) Stay in a cool place. Even if you do not have an air conditioner, you can take precautions. Open your windows during the night, and close and shade them during the day. Don’t exert yourself too much.

It is important to keep hydrated so drink lots of water. There is no substitute for water. Everything else (lemonade, sports drinks, coffee, etc.) should be in addition to it. Sip water all day or take frequent water breaks.

Eat small meals. Try eating a few smaller, lighter meals rather than one big portion. You will generate less heat and not feel as full.

Eat lots of fruit. Watermelons, strawberries, apples, cantaloupes and grapes are some of my favorite choices for hot summer days and all have a high water content. Try juicy peaches and other seasonal fruit – all at the height of ripeness, freshness and deliciousness.

Eat lots of vegetables. Fresh, crisp, refreshing salads are a perfect choice. Lettuce (so many varieties to choose from,) cucumbers, celery, spinach and peppers are all over 90% water. A bit of kosher salt, a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and some lemon juice – what can be more delicious?

Eat hot peppers, they make you sweat, and this process cools you down. Peppers are a big part of the Serbian culture, hot peppers and sweet peppers, all kinds of peppers. One of my favorite summer salads is Serbian Roasted Pepper Salad.

Don’t forget salt. Salt retains water, but since there is salt in so many foods we eat and in most sports drinks, don’t overdo it.  Let common sense be your guide.

Best wishes to all my readers. Stay cool but don’t merely endure this lovely season. Enjoy your summer. Revel in its pleasures.