Keeping the dehumidifier filter clean will prevent the coils from freezing

There is a lot of home maintenance that is easy to overlook as a first time homeowner.

You should know to clean your windows at least once a year, but you might forget about your rain gutters and the importance of cleaning out any debris that accumulates.

If you have trees on your property, it’s important to clean your rooftop with a broom to remove any dead leaves or branches that could lead to rotting. These chores aren’t necessarily obvious to someone who hasn’t been taught about their significance from a parent or similar mentor. If you buy a piece of technology that you’re not previously acquainted with, how are you supposed to know what to do unless you read the instructions and have existing experience? I figured that owning a dehumidifier would be mostly straightforward. I knew that the bucket needed to be emptied whenever it filled with water. Until I could find a drainage system with an exhaust hose, I simply emptied the internal bucket twice a day. However, I was overlooking one key feature of my dehumidifier—the filter. I let the dehumidifier’s filter get clogged with dust and it was causing the evaporator coils to freeze over in low temperatures. I found this out after asking HVAC specialists on an internet forum. After turning off the dehumidifier, I removed the filter and cleaned it in my large sink using diluted rubbing alcohol and a toothbrush. Since I do a lot of cooking, there are always cooking oils in my air. They cause the dust in my filters to get sticky, which is easy to remove with the diluted rubbing alcohol. Once the dust is removed, I quickly wash it with soap and water before putting it back in the machine.



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