Dehumidifier Maintenance Checklist October 17, 2016 – Posted in: Blog, Dehumidifiers, Industrial – Tags: Maintenance
A good commercial dehumidifier is an investment than any water-damage restoration professional should make. When you make an investment in a high-quality, durable dehumidifier, it’s equally as important to conduct regular maintenance that keeps your unit working at its peak potential. There are simple things you can do on a regular basis that will help you get the most out of your commercial dehumidifier, ensuring that it keeps operating as a valued member of your team for years to come. Here is a quick dehumidifier maintenance checklist that is easy to follow and will help you get started on making the most of your investment:
- Inspect Filter: The filter is one of the most important components in your dehumidifier, and it’s important that you keep it clean so your unit can function at the highest level. Check for the buildup of dirt and dust that might constrain the flow of air and make your unit run at less than peak efficiency. Use a vacuum to remove debris. As a rule of thumb, you may vacuum out a filter up to three times before you need to fully replace it – though you should replace filters immediately after mold jobs.
- Inspect Electrical Cord: Professional-grade dehumidifiers are often used in tough commercial and industrial environments, which means wear and tear is inevitable. Check regularly for wear on your unit’s electric cord. This might include cuts or fraying, which can pose a danger to you and others. Replace or repair any damage to the electric cord before placing your unit back into service.
- Check Control Panel Battery: Batteries are some of the easiest things to change and replace, so don’t get caught without your replacement when in the midst of a tough job. Check your control panel battery regularly, and make sure you have full power before heading out into the field.
- Clean Coils: Dirty coils can mean a dehumidifier that’s running at reduced performance – and it can even lead to overheating. Make sure your coils remain clean by vacuuming them monthly. Vacuum both sides until they are fully clean while remaining sure not to let the nozzle make contact with the fins. Coil cleaner can be used if the coils have become excessively dirty and need more than a good vacuuming.
- Check for Drain Hose and Blower Wheel Obstructions: Check both components for any debris that may be blocking flow. The drain hose should be detached for cleaning. This allows you to conduct a comprehensive scrub. Reattach once finished and place your unit back into service. This task should be completed about once a month to ensure your dehumidifier is always running at its best.
It’s smart to conduct a brief visual inspection and to look at your filter before each use of your dehumidifier. When it comes to obstructions, batteries, and coils, inspect and perform regular maintenance monthly. Make sure you’re ready for these maintenance tasks by keeping the proper equipment on hand, including replacement filters, a vacuum, fresh batteries, clean rags, and coil cleaner. Always unplug your unit when performing maintenance.
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