If you live in a humid area, having a dehumidifier in your home is a must. It draws excess moisture from the air and keeps the mold and mildew away from your home during damp months. Moreover, it helps you avoid many health issues because it eliminates the musty smell and also helps to control allergies, asthma symptoms, and other respiratory health problems.

Installation of Your Dehumidifier

When your dehumidifier is installed, make sure that it’s not placed closer than 6 inches from any wall. That space prevents the air intake and exhaust from blocking. A standard humidity level of between 40 and 50 percent will help your comfort and the efficiency of your appliance. Your dehumidifier’s instruction manual will tell you how frequently to replace the air filter so that you get the best performance.


Dehumidifiers require a little maintenance so they can continue to function correctly. Dehumidifiers have many parts that can develop build-up. This is why regular cleaning of these parts can prevent problems and increase the lifespan of your appliance. Another periodic activity is emptying your dehumidifier’s water collection tank and cleaning it with soap and warm water. If you fail to do so, mold and mildew can build up quickly and make your home air unhealthy, which may cause illness. You also need to use a vacuum with a brush attachment to clean the intake and exhaust grilles every year. Dust and debris can build up, which can cause blockages and decrease the life of your dehumidifier.

Troubleshooting Your Dehumidifier

For some problems, you may have to call in a professional. In other cases, you may try to troubleshoot yourself using the instruction manual. For instance, if your dehumidifier seems to run infrequently without affecting the high humidity, you may need to adjust the control to a drier setting.

If the indicator light is on, but your dehumidifier does not run, you should check the level of water in the tank. There should be a switch that turns the unit off if the tank is full, but it may have turned off for some reason. Toggling the switch should resolve the issue.

If no air is blowing, the fan motor may have burned out and will need to be replaced.

With proper care and maintenance, you can increase the lifespan of your dehumidifier. It can bring comfort and healthy air to your home. At Doc’s Appliance Service, we offer quality repair services to our customers at a competitive price. We are a family-owned and operated company and take pride in excellent customer satisfaction. For your dehumidifier repair or parts’ needs, contact Doc’s Appliance Service at 800-726-7130.