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Great value, works fantastic with a condensate pump. Get the extended protection plan!!!!!!!
on November 13, 2015
All the small dehumidifiers I have owned seem to last anywhere from 1 to 5 years, but usually around 3. The features and warranty support are the most important things to consider, in my opinion. I have a small machine shop in Florida, with very high humidity. The dehumidifier helps the air conditioner work better, keeps my machine tools from rusting, and makes the room more comfortable. It is on all the time, but typically the compressor only runs 1-2 hours a day. I connected mine to a "Little Giant 554425 VCMA-20ULS" automatic condensate pump, which pumps the collected water though a hose and out into my yard so I don't have to empty the tank, ever. More about this below.
This unit is a good value for the money. Some people don't like the position of the air flow output. They prefer units that blow the air out the top instead of the side, thinking that is more efficient. Not me. This unit draws the air in from the front and blows it out the side, at an upward angle. It doesn't effect the efficiency, but it makes cleaning the filter easily. On this unit I just lift the filter up out of the top of the unit, no covers to move, easy access, and I don't have to move the unit. With other units I owned previously I had to move tools out of the way or roll the unit out to where I could access it better, remove the tank, then remove the filter from inside the tank opening, what a pain.
This is the second unit like this I purchased. The first one died after about 10 months, like I said before it is just the luck of the draw. I contacted the warranty people, they were friendly and easy to reach. They had me cut the last 6 inches off the power cord and snail-mail it to them along with the labels off the back of the unit, and sent me a check. I couldn't expect it to be any easier. I really like this unit and would buy it again.
Okay, for those of you "handy" people who want to know how, the only complaint I have seen about using this with a condensate pump is that if the pump stops working the dehumidifier will keep filling it until it overflows. I solved this easily. The dehumidifier has a float switch to turn it off if the bucket is full. The pump has a 'safety float switch' that can be wired to an alarm. If you take the back off the dehumidifier you can remove the wires from the float switch, extend them, and plug them into the safety switch of the pump (not the regular float switch). If the pump stops running, when the water in the pump gets high enough it activates the safety switch. Since that is now wired to the dehumidifier, the dehumidifier thinks it's tank is full and turns off. Now all I ever have to do is occasionally clean the dehumidifier filter, the rest takes care of itself.
About the pictures: As you can see, access in my shop isn't great. The gray bar on top of the unit is the filter, just pull it straight up. Behind the unit is the condensate pump. The drain hose from the dehumidifier empties (by gravity) into the condensate pump tank. The pump has a hose that goes to a pipe and out through the wall into my yard, the other hose attached to the pipe is my compressor drain. The black power cord is for the drain pump, the gray cord is the dehumidifier, and the brown speaker wire connects the safety switch in the pump to the dehumidifier, in place of it's own float switch. The brown mess on the floor is from a recent compressor oil leak I haven't cleaned up yet, not related to the dehumidifier or pump.
Update: this unit lasted 16 months, like I said before, it's a crapshoot. But the 2 year extended protection plan I bought for under $20 paid for itself. I called Asurion, told them it broke, they credited me $190.79, that is full price even after 16 months of use! I didn't need to send them anything or prove it was broken, they sent me an Amazon gift card credit by email in under 30 minutes! You can't beat that with a stick.... Just used my gift card to order another identical unit.