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The Care and Keeping of Your Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers don’t require much maintenance. If you’re concerned that yours may not be operating as well as it should, here’s how to maintain it.

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Dehumidifiers help you control the level of moisture and humidity in your home, sometimes serving as secondary waterproofing measures in homes that need a helping hand. If you want your dehumidifier to work as effectively as possible, you’ll have to make a point to maintain it throughout the year. 

To do so, you can touch on all of the points in the list below and ensure your dehumidifier continues to work for years to come (though if it doesn’t, you can always reach out to your installing contractor to see what kind of replacements or aid may be available to you courtesy of your warranty). 

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Where to Place Your Dehumidifier 

When it comes to the care and keeping of your dehumidifier, location is everything. When you’re first installing a dehumidifier, you’ll want to do what you can to find a dry, unobstructed spot in your home’s most vulnerable place where that machine can establish itself. This way, no standing water will cause the machine to short out, and you won’t have to worry about a cabinet or bicycle rack, for example, preventing it from doing its job. 

Think About Having to Empty A Bucket 

Most modern dehumidifiers turn off on their own when their buckets fill up. If you’re not paying attention, however, it is possible for a full dehumidifier to stay full for an extended period of time. The longer a dehumidifier stays full after it turns off, the more likely it is that the accumulated moisture therein can cause problems for your machine.  

Instead of having to worry about all that, go for a self-draining dehumidifier. The units installed exclusively by Ohio Basement Authority have this capability, and can be directed to drain collected moisture/water into a sump pump system or through a condensate pump. 

Clean Your Dehumidifier Regularly 

It’s important for any exposed parts and the inner workings of your dehumidifier to be as clean as possible to keep the unit in good working order. The debris that dehumidifiers can pull from the air throughout your home isn’t always clean, and those particles can often make their way not only into your machine’s filters but also into its inner workings. If given too much time to build up, you may find that debris turning into mold clusters or making it difficult for your dehumidifier to work as best it can. 

As such, you can clean your dehumidifier with warm, soapy water or with a gentle cleanser every two months or so. In doing so, you’ll ensure the machine continues to work as it should and that no debris ends up spread throughout your home. 

If your dehumidifier is in an area not easily accessible, like a small crawl space, or you’re unsure what the best cleaning method is, you can contact your installing contractor like Ohio Basement Authority for assistance. 

Keep an Eye on Your Humidistat 

When in doubt, take advantage of the humidistat that comes with your dehumidifier. A humidistat lets you know how hard your dehumidifier is working at varying points of the day. While it can be tempting to let your dehumidifier work at top speed all day long, doing so will ruin your filters, coils, and other inner workings all the faster. 

To maintain your dehumidifier over time, you’ll want to rotate the intensity at which your dehumidifier operates. If you’re enduring a storm or think the moisture in your home may be on the rise, be sure to leave your dehumidifier off or at low power for every four to eight hours you let it go full throttle. 

Inspect Your Filters 

The filters in your dehumidifier help keep debris out of your air as the machine itself recirculates it. These filters collect a significant amount of dust and bacteria, not to mention mold particles

You’ll want to inspect and change out your dehumidifier’s filters on a regular basis to keep that debris from making its way through the rest of your home. Dirty filters can eventually do more harm to your home than good if they’re left unchanged. 

While it’s easy to find most filters at hardware stores, it’s best that you work with a professional contractor to install and maintain all pieces of the dehumidifier. 

Check Your Coils 

Your dehumidifier’s coils are especially sensitive to the moisture the machine can come into contact with. If you leave your dehumidifier in a space that’s especially cool or otherwise unprotected from the elements, it’s possible the moisture that the machine is exposed to could cause the coils to freeze. 

As such, it’s important to check on your dehumidifier’s coils as the weather starts to cool. You’ll also want to make sure your dehumidifier stays in a warm spot in your home. 

Ask A Professional for Guidance 

If you’re not sure where to place your dehumidifier, or if you want help caring for it with an annual maintenance program, you can reach out to the professionals working in the Columbus, OH, area. An expert from Ohio Basement Authority can walk through your home with you during a free inspection and help you determine what parts of your home may be most vulnerable to water damage and hydrostatic pressure in the long run. With this information at hand, you can set up your dehumidifier alongside any other waterproofing measures that may best suit your home’s needs.

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