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Can I drain a dehumidifier pump into my dishwasher?

Probably a really dumb question. I handwash dishes and use my dishwasher as glorified storage, so I was thinking I could stick the hose coming out of my dehumidifier pump into the dishwasher and just ...
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How can I keep my computers cool in a 100 degree house?

I live in a tiny house of sorts and my AC doesn't run while I'm not there. I have two desktop servers that I use for my work which are currently stored elsewhere, but I'd really like to move them to ...
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Would two 70 pint dehumidifiers work as well as one 140 pint unit?

If so why are dehumidifiers above 70 pt so much more expensive? pros cons? Having two 70 pt in same room vs 1 140 pt?
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Amana Humidity settings

I have a very old Amana dehumidifier. The setting is a range - Humid - Dry with 5 settings in between. Can anyone explain would the lowest humidity be "humid" or "dry"
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Clothes dryer causing humidity problems in garage - would extraction fan help?

We have a double garage with a high ceiling which is also where our laundry is. We have a problem with humidity in there due to the clothes dryer being in there which is used very regularly. This is ...
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Is it wrong to install both a whole house humidifier and a whole house de-humidifier?

I live nearish Pittsburgh. Our summers can get pretty hot and humid and our winters can get pretty cold. We have been planning to get a whole house humidifier because the house gets really dry in ...
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Honeywell Thermostat to Nest E Dehumidification

I am trying to replace my Honeywell Prestige IAQ thermostats. I noticed that my downstairs thermostat has a dehumidification option (upstairs shows no such option). I checked the wiring at the ...
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Do I need to vent a crawlspace?

We just completed a 20x20 great room addition on the side of our house with a 4 foot crawl space and poured concrete floor. There is a 4’ by 4’ cut through to access this crawl space from the existing ...
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To reduce damp: heat or dehumidifier?

We have one room of a house which isn't much used, so we don't turn on the heating in it, or wouldn't except that it gets damp, so mold is a concern. For reducing damp, is it more efficient to turn ...
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Whole house dehumidifier- freestanding vs vented

I’m considering the purchase of a Dehumidifier for our basement, to avoid mustiness in the unfinished/unconditioned portion. I want a nicer quality HVAC-grade unit, both for energy-usage reasons and ...
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Why is my air conditioner running when the house is below the set temperature?

We recently had a whole new system installed for HVAC. We had a lennox furnace with dehumidifier and UV thing, along with the exterior lennox condenser for A/C. We have the iComfort S30 thermostat, ...
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Dehumidifier Does not work and reports incorrect humidity [closed]

I've looked through a bunch of other DIY sites and the questions on here but couldn't find the exact issue I'm facing. I have a dehumidifier in my basement that is set to run continuously and drain ...
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dehumidifier not filling anymore

Dehumidifier has been working just fine until the last time I emptied it and replaced the catch bin. Now the thing just keeps running but not dehumidifying. The catch bin has no water in it. I ...
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Will calcium chloride still work under a coffee filter?

I have some disposable paper coffee filters, shallow glass jars and canning lids. I can use the ring part of the lids to affix the coffee filter over the jar's mouth. I am thinking of putting calcium ...
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Dehumidifier to help a portable AC?

I have asked How to get cold air from one room to another now I am thinking, the AC will be in the bedroom but what if I set up a dehumidifier (perhaps with a pump) in the kitchen connected directly ...
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OK to drain humidifier into basement floor drain

What I have in my basement could loosely be called a drain. It doesn't have a pipe. Best I can tell, they just cut a 3 inch hole in the floor; all you see is the rocks under the floor. I've been ...
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Dehumidifier degraded performance

I have a 2 year old dehumidifier that had been working fine until this past winter. As humidity started to increase I noticed the that the fins on the heat exchange developed frost. I checked the ...
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Can I run two lines INTO a single condensate pump?

Just moved into our first new (old) home and am quickly learning the "joys of homeownership"! In the basement, there is a Little Giant VCMA-15ULST condensate pump attached via PVC for air conditioning....
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What is this, and I can pump my dehumidifier water into it?

We got a dehumidifier with a water pump recently and I'm just now looking for a place to drain the water. What about using this p trap in the middle of this pic: I believe that brown rubber hose is ...
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Garden hose spins but does not unscrew

I am trying to detach a garden hose that is presently hooked to a dehumidifier. It spins freely but will not unscrew itself. Any idea what to do? Here is a picture:
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Blown fuse from a dehumidifier that has been working for years

I have a dehumidifier working 24/7 for about six months of the year. I've never moved it from the one outlet. Today the fuse keeps blowing. Nothing new is plugged in: no change whatsoever. I plug ...
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Meaning of small patches of shallow water on the basement floor

They have been happening now for a couple of months, which may or may not be related to the humid summers in the Northeastern United States. They appear without rhyme or reason, taking up a maximum of ...
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Dehumidifier Settings

I do not understand the settings on our dehumidifier. I want to increase the dehumidification of our basement. This is the rainiest summer I have ever seen. Our two-year-old laminate basement floor is ...
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Reset or repair stand alone dehumidifier?

After working well for a few years, a stand-alone dehumidifier has stopped taking water out of my basement. The dehumidifier drip tube does not even get wet. The noises tell me the fan and compressor ...
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Best replacement for broken in-wall dehumidifier?

My wife and I are new owners of a home with a partially finished basement of about 1,700 square feet. We found a dehumidifier mounted in a wood cutout in the wall near one end of the finished part. It ...
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Ductless Mini Split System for Cooling, Heating, and Dehumidification [closed]

I have a 22x24 foot building that I'd like to heat, cool, and dehumidify in East Texas. I'm specifically interested in purchasing a ductless mini split system to achieve this, but I have the ...
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Dehumidifying without an air-conditioner

First the details - This is a second home and we're here around 1-3 weekends a month. The house is a raised ranch style log house in the Southern Berkshires (MA) - a cold, rainy, damp place. The ...
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How to connect a “safety overflow switch” to “turn off a wall outlet”?

I have a "Little Giant" condensate pump VCMX-20 model. This pump comes with a "safety switch". The pump turns on when the water level gets to 1.2 inches. The "safety switch" will "do something" when ...
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Is it safe to turn off dehumidifier by switching power off

I am thinking of plugging my compressor dehumidifier to a smart switch so I can control it when it should turn on/off by controlling the power outlet. The dehumidifier has an "Auto Restart" feature ...
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Dry out some wet dirt in crawl space

We had a leak in a bathroom. Some of the water got under the house. Soaked up roughly 5 gallons of water from on top of the plastic sheeting as well as under it. Now we have wet dirt, moist plastic ...
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Dehumidifier with multiple float switches

I just bought a dehumidifier for my soon to be finished basement. Based on the basement layout I also got a condensate pump so I can pump up the water to drain it above the dehumidifier. The ...
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Humidity is driving me nuts [closed]

We live in PR. The humidity in my home reaches 80% on most days even when the temperature is 65 outside.Why is this?
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Why doesn't my dehumidifier stay on the humidity setting I select?

This is my 40 pint dehumidifier. I need help setting the humidity it just keeps jumping to 76• and I need it at somewhere around 45•.
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Prevent dry rot from spreading

Last winter, I had serious dry and wet rot issues in the basement. The reason seemed to be that the wall was not watertight. This has been corrected and repair works were carried out by professionals (...
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Damp Crawl Space

My house is located in Missouri, currently I have a vented crawl space with a dirt floor. My home was built in 1998. I put a humidity tester in the crawl space and it reads anywhere from 75%-88% ...
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What gauge extension cord should I use for dehumidifier in basement?

I run a Frigidaire 50-pint dehumidifier in my basement, which I am currently emptying the bucket once/twice every day since the power outlet is far away from the drain hole in the basement, and the ...
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Should a furnace condensate pump do double duty for basement dehumidifier?

We have a moisture problem in the basement, and are trying to combat it with a dehumidifier. Despite my region being in drought, the humidifier's reservoir sometimes fills up twice in a day. The ...
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Partially finished basement needing dehumidification

I have a partially finished basement with a wall and door separating the two spaces. I'd like to keep the door between them shut but need both areas dehumidified. If I run two separate but identical ...
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Humidity levels in a basement

I have a damp 28' by 60' basement with 2 concrete walls and 2 walls with paneling. What humidity level should I set my dehumidifier at?
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Is it more efficient to only run a dehumidifier when I'm at home?

imagine that the reduction of energy consumption is the main goal. Is it more efficient to leave the dehumidifier to work over a longer period of time to keep the specific set point or it is more ...
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My dehumidifier has an error margin of +/- 5% in the range 30%-90%

How do I calculate the possible error at a certain RH? Does this mean that it has a lower error at 40% than at 90% ?
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What is the best place to put a dehumidifier?

I just got a 50 pint dehumidifier for my house and I would like to know where would be the best place to put it. The first floor is about ~ 950 sqft. A little drawing to show the floor plan: When I ...