On Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:58:25 AM UTC-4, Gz wrote:
I thhink that's probably the reason most of them keep the fan running
all the time. With air circulating, the humidifier is going to get a
better representation of the typical air in the room.
I'd prefer if they had a mode where you can set an on/off duty cycle,
like on 4 hours, off 4 hours. The ones I've seen have a timer that will
shut it off after 2, 4, 6 hours, but won't start it up again.
I just bought a new Frigidaire which was paid for, by the refund on the
old GE (Gree MIC). The Frigidaire fan shuts off, however, because there
is wetness inside the unit, it will fire up again as the moisture
evaporates and make the humidity go up inside the case. It keeps going
on and off, ad nauseum. The Frigidaire is very quiet compared to the
old Gree. The digital humidity control is a dismal failure. Besides
the problem above, if you set it to 45% it will lower the humidity to
somewhere in the 40s. If you set it to 50%, it will hold it to about
55% ... What's this all about? Anyway, I have ordered an outboard
humidity controller, but it hasn't come yet. I'll see how that works?
Well, I went through 2 Frigidaires and 1 GE before biting the bullet and
getting the Aprilaire. Collectively, those 3 lasted about 15 months in
total (9 months, 3 months and 3 months) before freezing themselves into
The instructions said they controlled to +- 5%. Initially, I took that
to mean 5% of the reading. In practice, it turned out to mean a swing
of 5% to either side on the setting.
On Friday, July 11, 2014 10:09:33 AM UTC-4, Mike wrote:
I think extended warranties are almost always a bad idea. But I
think they should be considered in the case of dehumidifiers. When I
went to buy one about 3 years ago, I had an online price that I was using
to negotiate with at the local appliance store. The guy finally made
me an offer, where it was about $35 more, but he his deal included an
extended warranty. Sure enough, it failed during the extended period.
And of course, when I went to get it honored, they didn't have the
same model, only one that was 10 pints a day larger in capacity. So,
I wound up paying another $30, but it was still an overall good deal.
Given that a lot of these fail at 2 or 3 years, I think an extended
warranty is worth at least considering.
Every one I've ever owned shut off the fan when the compressor shut
off, and over the last 45 years I have owned quite a few, and only
bought one new. I think I got ALL of the rest for free - possibly
bought one or two at garage sales.
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