Portable Dehumidifier Recommendation needed


Looking for a recommendation for a quiet portable dehumidified. Had a Sears unit which was noisy and failed early. Currently have a quieter Frigidaire unit (30 pints?), but after a few years the compressor quit. Anyone have first hand experience with anything better?
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On 3/7/2010 6:07 PM Pointer spake thus:

Have no suggestions for which units are better, but having seen one in operation at a client's house (don't know which one, sorry), I do have one recommendation: get one that has an automatic shutoff.
I found it incredible that the unit my client has kept on going even though the tank was not only full, but overflowing.
Seems like all it would take would be a float or some kind of sensor to avoid this.
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Every dehum I've seen has had a float in the back. Perhaps the person's catch tank in the back wasn't quite installed right.
My advice would have been to either put the dehum on a couple boards over the sump pump or laundry sink. Or use the drain hose option. It's a chore to keep emptying the catch bin in the back when you can set up a dehum to drain into a sink or sump pump, and not have to tend it every day.
As to quality brand, I don't have any advice.
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On Tue, 9 Mar 2010 07:01:30 -0500, "Stormin Mormon"

I had no drains of any kind in the basement of my previous house. Didn't need a sump pump since the floor was at or above street level.
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David Nebenzahl wrote:

All of mine have been auto shut off even though I run a drain line to the shower.
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http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm? fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code
I used the link above to research dehumidifiers. Look under energy factor to find the spreadsheet of all units sold in the States. There is a wide range in efficiency of these things.
Mine is a built-in unit - Santa Fe from Therma sTor - going on 4 years and still working fine.
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Years ago I got a sears, the following year annother sears, it broke right away and the replacement wasnt as good as the previous years model, bigger and noisier. Last year I got one from HD, it didnt put out even 50% of the rating so I returned it. It seems with china making them models are never the same year to year in quality. If I had to buy one now id be lost, I would get an energy star model from the place with the best return policy. The only one I like is the oldest sears I bought. CR rates them for efficency and noise, but quality seems to be a crapshoot.
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I had a Sears one that had it's first failure after 4 years. The blower motor burned out. Found a new one for $35, so figured it was worth fixing. That got me one more season of use. Now it's totally unresponsive and it's not a fuse. Most likely it's the main control board which has power, but isn't doing anything. I was going to do some simple probing of the board, see if it's anything simple like a power supply issue, etc. But it's about 95% that it's going in the scrap heap this time.
Also, at least this Sears unit is made by LG, so I'd stear away from them for sure.
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responding to http://www.homeownershub.com/maintenance/Portable-Dehumidifier-Recommendation-needed-429067-.htm elfriedamiller wrote: thanks
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