How to Clean Your Dehumidifier
Routine cleaning of the dehumidifier is essential for keeping it from developing germs and bacteria and also for running efficiently.
The main components that you want to dial in on when cleaning a dehumidifier are:
- The water basin
- The filter
- The coils
1. The water basin
Arguably the most important part of cleaning a dehumidifier is keeping the water basin and around it disinfected.
Bacteria can begin to grow in water in as little as 48 hours. And since dehumidifiers have all the criteria; low light, dust, and moisture, for mold to flourish,
Special attention should be given to the water basin to ensure that it is kept clean and disinfected thoroughly and often.
Fortunately it’s not a tough job.
a. unplug the machine
No use risking the chance of being shocked regardless.
To clean the water basin on your dehumidifier, simply take the basin off and dump the water out.
Using cleaning vinegar, which is a little more acidic than regular white vinegar, completely scrub out the basin and rinse it.
Add a couple of cups of vinegar back into the basin and fill it up. Allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes.
Dump the vinegar out, rinse it out with warm water and allow it to completely dry.
2. The filter
Dehumidifiers are almost identical to window air conditioners in their mechanics.
And if the filter is allowed to get dirty enough to inhibit the airflow, the machine will not do its job properly.
To clean the filter, simply pull it out and knock off the loose material into the trash.
To take a cleaning brush and scrub the rest of the debris out of the filter.
Knock it off again, into the trash.
At this point, if the air filter is particularly dirty, canned air can be used to blow the filter out even further.
And if it’s still grimy after that, wash it under the faucet using warm water.
If you end up having to clean the filter with water, be careful to let it dry completely before you reinsert it.
Since water is one of the components of mold taking root.
3. The coils
The coils are less likely to be dirty and are not considered an essential part of routine maintenance. But they can still get dirty over time.
If the coils on your dehumidifier or window AC get dirty. The machine will not run as efficiently and use more energy.
Dirty coils can also cause the machine to freeze up quicker.
To clean the coils, a can of coil cleaner can make the job very easy.
Coil cleaner foams up similar to bathroom cleaner. Simply spray the coil cleaner all over the coils, let it foam up and sit.
After it has sat for the amount of time that the direction says, wash the coils off with warm water, preferably with the spray bottle, and let it completely dry.
Wipe the outside thoroughly with cleaning vinegar. Sure to get into the nooks and crannies where water can get access to and eventually cause bacteria to grow on the outside of the machine.