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hidden 1 07-30-2013 12:26 AM

dehumidifier question
Had a question regarding my dehumidifier. I set it up with the hose to exit outside but wanted to know if the hose becomes unlevel and doesn't flow downhill anymore will the water backfill an mess anything up or will pressure push it out.its level and the exit isn't a lot lower than hose connection but is slightly.I can't get to it till tommorow to raise it for better flow.
Any info is appreciated

danpik 07-30-2013 07:15 AM

Unless your dehumidifier has a built in pump (I doubt it) then you need to rely on gravity to flow the water

djlandkpl 07-30-2013 07:40 AM

You could also get a condensate pump. The dehumidifier would drain into the pump's reservoir. The pump would then drain outside and you wouldn't have to worry about the current hose setup.

PoleCat 07-30-2013 07:58 AM

As water rises in the tank it will force the water in the hose out once the level in the tank equals the level of the hose end. Plus, there is a shut off float in the tank to should a gremlin plug the hose.

TarheelTerp 07-30-2013 08:07 AM


Originally Posted by hidden 1 (Post 1222805)
...if the hose becomes unlevel and doesn't flow downhill anymore will the water backfill an mess anything up or...

It shouldn't.
The water should go to the bucket and when full shut off.

hidden 1 07-30-2013 09:55 AM

Mine has the hose directly hooked to machine w no bucket.and it is in crawl space where it will get full fast .
So then the pressure of water exiting from compressor will push it somewhat ?

I may raise it and make a pvc set up to get a direct line for flow so there is no problems with exiting downhill.

Thurman 07-31-2013 06:47 PM

As long as the hose is lower than the "full" level of the tank the water should flow freely. "PoleCat" spoke correctly, there should be some type of float within the tank so that when the water reaches a level that makes the float, well-float, then a switch is made that turns the unit OFF. I have a dehumidifier within my house which has the drain hose attached so that the water exits the outer wall of the home on the lowest side of grade of the yard. With all the rain we have had lately here in S. Ga. (18+ inches for July so far) I am pulling a gallon a day out of the house. The A/C does not run as much as usual and with the air being dryer it feels so much better in here. OH- one thing I did do was to push some brass wool up into the drain line to prevent bugs from crawling in.

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