With normal use, dehumidifiers generally last between 3 and 5 years.
If your unit is not working properly, you may be wondering if the refrigerant is the solution. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to resolve the problem by adding refrigerant.
So, can refrigerant be added to a dehumidifier? The short answer is that all refrigerant dehumidifiers can be recharged. In some cases, it is safe and effective to do that. The cooling coils in the dehumidifier use a compressed coolant gas. They work together so humidity and heat are removed from the air. If there appears to be too much moisture in your home, it does not necessarily mean the entire unit must be replaced. You may be able to correct the problem simply by adding refrigerant.
One example is if there is no longer enough refrigerant for your unit to work properly. Perhaps the unit is old, or it has not been maintained on a regular basis. If this is the case, you may be able to restore your unit to working order with refrigerant.
However, there can be another reason your unit is failing. There could be a leak in the unit or some type of mechanical failure. If you believe this is the case, it is not a do it yourself job. The unit should be inspected by an experienced technician. He will let you know if it can be repaired, or if it should be replaced.
All Refrigerants Are Not The Same
When people think of refrigerants, Freon usually comes to mind. In the past, it was commonly used in dehumidifiers, as well as other appliances used for cooling. During the last decade, manufacturers of dehumidifiers have stopped using Freon, and have been using R-410A instead. Manufacturers have been banned from using Freon as of January 2010.
This is why it is important to know when your unit was manufactured and which gas was used in your unit. Check the date, or see if there is a sticker with information on which coolant it uses.
If you purchased it more than a decade ago, replacing it may be the best option. It is difficult to find Freon, and as of 2020 production of Freon will be banned in the United States. You should not take chances by ordering the product online, and importing it will be banned, too.
It is also not a good idea to use R-410A in a unit that has been using Freon. Instead of an upgrade, the unit may not work at all. It would be better to replace the old unit with a new, eco-friendly dehumidifier.
Adding Refrigerant To Newer Dehumidifiers
If you know what the problem is, it is still not wise to attempt this repair on your own. Too many complications can occur. If you have decided all the unit needs is R-410A, the smartest approach is to contact an EPA-licensed technician. He can make sure your diagnosis is correct, and take appropriate steps to repair your unit.
However, this is not the only solution. If there are other problems with your unit, or it is simply old, it can be more economical to buy a new one. Compare the condition of your unit with service costs in your area, and decide which is the best option for you.
How To Extend The Lifespan Of Your Dehumidifier
When it is done correctly, your unit can last longer by adding refrigerant. Whether you want to take this step or help a new unit last as long as possible, keep some tips in mind.
There is more to using a dehumidifier than turning it on and letting it run. Make sure it is on a stable, level surface, and not close to a wall. Turn it off when you are not in your house.
Routine maintenance is essential when you want your unit to stay in working order. If you no longer have the owner’s manual, you can still maintain your unit.
You should clean its filter every year. It will work better, and keep your indoor air quality healthy. You will need to replace the filter every few years.
The water tank should be thoroughly cleaned regularly. Scrub it with mild soap and water, and allow it to dry. This will eliminate bacteria, and prevent mold.
Exhaust grilles should be cleaned on a quarterly basis. If the unit is old, you should do this more often. It will increase the unit’s overall performance.
On an annual basis, oil the fan motor. This will help the fan run quietly and smoothly.
For the best results, the unit should be set correctly. A 45% to 50% humidity level is recommended. Your unit will be more effective, last longer, and you will have a comfortable home.
Avoid turning it on without allowing 10 minutes or more before it was last used. Otherwise, the compressor may overheat.
Dehumidifiers do not need much maintenance to stay in good working order for many years. These few tips can extend your unit’s lifespan. If you cannot maintain the unit on your own for any reason, it is worth the small cost to hire a licensed technician.
It is much better than a unit developing problems that are beyond repair, and needing to replace it when routine maintenance would have prevented the problems.
Why You Need A Working Dehumidifier
Many homeowners and renters have little knowledge of appliances and wonder if a dehumidifier is even necessary. There are reasons you should have this appliance in your home.
It will keep pollutants out of the air, so even family members with allergies will be healthier.
Your home will be more comfortable without excess moisture in the air. You can also save on energy bills. When moisture is removed and an ideal humidity level maintained, your home will feel cooler. You may not need to use your air conditioner as often, or you can set it at an energy-efficient temperature.
Yes, you can add refrigerant to a dehumidifier. You should not skip the basics, though, when you want to know if this is the step to take. With a little time and patience, you can resolve the problem or ask a technician to do it for you.
With routine maintenance, you can keep your unit working efficiently in the future, whether you purchased it recently or have owned it for many years. Everyone in your household can enjoy comfort and good health, and your home will stay in good condition, too.