How to Troubleshoot a Maytag Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are used to reduce the amount of moisture in the air. Indoor locations that have too much moisture in the air are at risk of developing mold, which could cause health complications. Dehumidifiers also help when the level of moisture in the air becomes uncomfortable. Maytag dehumidifiers work well under most conditions, but may encounter problems during normal operation. You can troubleshoot and fix most common problems without the need of a service technician.

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Dehumidifier Does Not Start

Step 1

Check that the power cord is fully inserted into a working outlet. If the cord is secure, plug another device into the outlet to ensure it is receiving power. No power in the second device may indicate that a fuse has blown or a circuit breaker was tripped. Replace the fuse or reset the breaker as needed.

Step 2

Pull the water-collection bucket out of the dehumidifier, empty it into a sink and place it back in the unit. The dehumidifier will shut down automatically if the water-collection bucket is full.

Step 3

Ensure that the float is attached to the water-collection bucket. The float is used to shut down the dehumidifier if the water level is too high.

Unit Not Collecting Water

Step 4

Check the number on the "Room" humidity display. If the number is less than the "Set Humidity" number, the machine is not drawing moisture out of the air. The dehumidifier is functioning normally.

Step 5

Increase the "Set Humidity" number by pressing the "+" button. The higher the setting, the more water the unit will draw into the water-collection bucket.

Step 6

Turn off the power and pull the filter out of the right side of the dehumidifier. Clean the filter in warm, soapy water, shake it dry and place it back in the dehumidifier. If the filter is clogged with dust, dirt and debris, air will not flow through the machine.