Throughout Florida, humidity is a homeowner’s number one enemy. Luckily, dehumidifiers will help you pull unnecessary moisture from the air. You’ll need to maintain your dehumidifier if you want it to keep working for you, though. What are the basic care steps you can take to ensure yours continues to run smoothly?
Set Up Your Dehumidifier Carefully
Location has more of an impact on your dehumidifier’s functionality than you may initially believe. If you happen to place your dehumidifier inappropriately, it may come into contact with standing water or other hazards. In these cases, the location of your dehumidifier can cause it to stop working or otherwise malfunction. The good news is that, for those homeowners looking to preserve their dehumidifiers, the solution is as simple as moving yours to a new position.
If you want to avoid the kind of damage that comes with a mispositioned dehumidifier, scout out your crawl space or other location ahead of time for damage.
Think About Bucket-Emptying
Some homeowners underestimate the frequency with which their dehumidifier buckets will need emptying if they have a typical dehumidifier in their home. This kind of negligence can lead to an overall failure on the part of the machine. On average, you’ll want to empty your dehumidifier bucket, if it has one, at least once every two days. If you find yourself dealing with unusually high humidity or there’s been a recent uptick in rain in your area, you’ll want to empty your dehumidifier more frequently than usual.
But rather than deal with that headache, why not go for a more low-maintenance model? Some companies – like Alpha Foundations, for example – can install self-draining dehumidifiers for homeowners. These units can be directed to drain the moisture pulled out of the air as water to a drainage system or sump pump system. So, no more buckets or reservoirs for you!
Clean Your Dehumidifier
When you use a dehumidifier to your advantage, you reduce the risk of mold growths in your crawl space and throughout your home. Unfortunately, however, your dehumidifier can rapidly become an ideal incubator for mold particles if you don’t clean it regularly. Dehumidifiers are damp, dark and reasonably warm. If you don’t clean your dehumidifier regularly, the particle build-up inside can not only threaten the internal electronics, but it can also encourage any mold particles that have been pulled out of the air to settle within the machine.
At least once a month, take the bucket out of your dehumidifier, if it has one, and clean all of the accessible parts with soap and warm water. You can also use a gentle chemical cleaner to remove any bacteria. Finally, be sure to use a vacuum to remove any dust that may be clogging up your air intake or grills.
Check Your Humidistat
If you’re worried about how much work your dehumidifier may be doing, you’ll want to take a look at its humidistat. A humidistat indicates how much moisture your dehumidifier pulls from the air on a daily basis. You can encourage your dehumidifier to work harder to reduce its intake to keep it from overheating. Note that you never want to overclock your dehumidifier. Be sure to cycle the rate at which your dehumidifier takes in moisture, or you’ll risk damaging it.
Inspect Your Filters and Replace Them as Necessary
You’ll also need to replace your dehumidifier’s filters at least once a year to ensure that air continues to flow. Without clean filters, your dehumidifier won’t be able to take in as much moisture as you’d like.
Look at Your Coils
Your dehumidifier also takes advantage of internal coils to function as it should. Unfortunately, those coils have frequent contact with the moisture a dehumidifier pulls from the air. If you keep your dehumidifier in a cooler part of your home, that moisture can freeze and damage your coils.
To prevent coil damage, check your dehumidifier’s internal moving parts once a month to make sure they haven’t fallen victim to excessive water build-up. You’ll also want to be certain that your dehumidifier’s internal temperature stays above 60°F if you want to prevent the moisture inside from cooling too rapidly.
Reach Out to A Professional
When it comes down to it, you may need to reach out to a professional to ensure that your dehumidifier is working as it should. The professional contractors working in your area will be able to inspect your dehumidifier and any other waterproofing measures you have in your home. They will also be able to provide you with a free estimate of potential services, should you need to have work done.
Are you ready to give your dehumidifier the TLC it deserves? Do what you can to make your dehumidifier’s job easy. Alpha Foundations, servicing homes throughout Florida, is here to help.