The Ultimate Dehumidifier Maintenance Checklist

Summers on Florida’s Gulf Coast aren’t just hot; they can get almost unbearably muggy. Reducing indoor humidity makes the air feel cooler than it is. You could reduce how much your air conditioner runs in the summer by turning up the thermostat several degrees and using a dehumidifier. This combination will likely slash your summer cooling bills.

A working dehumidifier plays a significant part in keeping your Naples home comfortable when the humidity outside soars above 70% in the summer months. Ensure proper care and keep your unit running smoothly with our dehumidifier maintenance tips to use throughout the year.

How to Clean Your Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers constantly have water running through them as they pull moisture from the air to deposit in their reservoirs. That means there are opportunities for buildup throughout the machine and multiple parts that need regular cleaning.

The Filter

Knowing how to clean a dehumidifier filter can save your unit from deterioration. While the reservoir collects water from the air, the filter collects dirt, dust, mold spores, and other impurities through its air intake. A dirty filter may cause the unit to run inefficiently.

If your unit uses a washable filter, remove it for cleaning every few weeks. Use a vacuum to remove as much debris as possible from the filter, then gently wash it with warm water and mild soap. Let it dry completely before reinstalling it.

If your dehumidifier uses a disposable filter, follow manufacturer instructions for how often to replace it for maximum performance.

The Reservoir

High-volume dehumidifiers don’t use reservoirs to collect water. If your dehumidifier sends water directly into a drain, you can skip this step.

If your unit uses a reservoir to collect the water, the collection bucket is a prime spot for mold and mildew growth if left unchecked. However, if you know how to keep your dehumidifier clean, you can mitigate the risk of mold.

In the humid summers of Naples, you may need to clean your tank as frequently as every week. It can go longer between cleanings in less muggy weather, but you should empty the reservoir container at least once daily. Scrub the container gently with soap and water or a mild disinfectant.

The Exterior

Paying particular attention to the exhaust grills and air intake ports, vacuum dust and debris off the exterior of your dehumidifier at least once a season. If there are any stubborn patches of dirt or grime, turn off and unplug your unit and wipe it clean with a slightly damp cloth.

Dehumidifier Maintenance Tips for Avoiding Damage

Dehumidifier care isn’t limited to cleaning out your machine on a regular schedule. Take these steps to maximize the use of your dehumidifier and minimize the risk of damage.

  • Keep intake and exhaust clear. Portable units should always sit at least six inches away from the nearest wall or furniture that could potentially block air intake or exhaust.

  • Empty the reservoir as necessary. In humid weather, water collection buckets may need daily emptying. Make a dehumidifier check part of your daily routine if your unit doesn’t have a light or sound that alerts you to a full reservoir.

  • Don’t overwork your unit. Older units or units that need to be run constantly in the Naples humidity may show signs of wear. Raise the humidistat, which controls the humidity levels in your home, to allow your dehumidifier a rest.

  • Cycle your dehumidifier slowly. We all know the ever-repeated troubleshooting tip, “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” With a dehumidifier experiencing problems, it’s essential to give it a break. To protect your compressor from overheating, wait at least 15 minutes between turning your dehumidifier off and turning it back on.


Professional Dehumidifier Care When You Need It the Most

Even with the most diligent care, something can still go wrong. Keep Florida’s high humidity from overwhelming your home with professional dehumidifier repair from One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Naples. Our expert technicians will have your unit up and running, keeping your home comfortable in no time. Call us at (239) 237-3360 or request an appointment online.