Draining a dehumidifier manually can be very hectic, especially when you live near a humid region. That’s why modern dehumidifiers come with a pump and automatic drainage system, but if your dehumidifier is not draining through the hose, it can be a big problem.
This usually happens when the hose is choked from the middle or when the bucket connected to the hose pipe is full of water. This can be resolved at home, and there’s no need to panic or call a technician.
Make sure you follow this guide on fixing a dehumidifier that is not draining, and if the problem still persists, you may then call a technician.
Why is my Dehumidifier Not Draining Through Hose?
1. There is a blockage in the hose
If there’s a blockage in the hose, no water will be able to get through. If you have a wet/damp hose, make sure that there isn’t any excess water inside of it. If your hose is dry and cracked, try running some warm tap water over it. That should be enough to get it working again.
During summers, keeping the hose pipe in direct sunlight is not recommended, this is because most of these pipes are made of soft rubber or plastic, which can become rigid if it is continuously kept in hot temperatures.
If your hose pipe is in direct sunlight, try changing its direction, or remove it when the dehumidifier is not in use.
2. Your hose is wrangled up [most common]
If your hose is sitting at a funky angle, the drain tube will be blocked from draining water out of the bucket. If you have a wet/damp hose, make sure that there isn’t any excess water inside of it. This is very common and you know what to do with the hose pipe in this situation.
3. Bucket is Full
If your bucket is full, your dehumidifier won’t be able to drain into it. Make sure that the bucket isn’t already full before you run your dehumidifier (this happens often when you remove water manually with a sponge).
If you use the dehumidifier regularly, make sure to empty the bucket. You can use dehumidifier water for watering the yard, washing the car, or any other purposes, except drinking or watering the edible plants.
4. The bucket isn’t in Proper Position
Sometimes placing the hose pipe into the bucket in the wrong way can also cause the dehumidifier not draining through hose. This happens when you use an extra-long hose pipe and fold it inside the bucket.
This is not recommended because the water needs a slanting position to drain quickly, and in such cases, use a shorter hose pipe and place it in a downwards direction so that the water can easily flow inside the bucket.
How to Fix Dehumidifier Not Draining Through Hose?
- Check if the draining hose pipe is in a downward or wrangled state.
- Make sure the hose pipe is properly connected to the dehumidifier or not.
- Check if the water bucket is empty or full
- The end of the hose pipe should not be in standing water
1. Manual Fix
This is the fastest way to drain your dehumidifier manually. There are certain models that come with a drainage pump, but not all of them do. Here are simple steps you can take to fix this problem before calling professionals:
a) Get things ready
b) Turn off the power switch
c) Remove the bucket and bring it to the sink
d) Place a container (such as a cup, bowl, or bucket) on the floor beneath the drain opening of the dehumidifier [where there is usually a cap]
e) Unscrew the cap off of the drainage pipe [which should be located somewhere on your dehumidifier]
f) Drain the water into your container until it’s all out. Remember to replace the cap tightly so there isn’t any leakage after.
2. Turn off your Dehumidifier and Unplug it
Turning off your dehumidifier is probably the easiest way to fix this problem. It also allows you to use your appliance for an extended period of time without worrying that it’s draining into the sink.
3. Fix Drainage Problems by Cleaning Dehumidifier
Cleaning your dehumidifier is another way to fix drainage problems with your appliance. Turn off your dehumidifier and unplug it.
Then, use a damp rag or sponge to wipe out any blockage that might have been created from dust, dirt, or anything else.
Be sure to clean all the components carefully and then turn your appliance back on. With enough time, water should begin flowing through the drainage tube again.
4. Empty the bucket and Try Again
Like the first solution, this one is pretty self-explanatory. If your bucket isn’t full yet then you can try emptying it and turning on your dehumidifier again.
This should be enough to fix the problem temporarily, but some water might accumulate in the bucket after some time which will cause this issue all over again.
5. Drainage hose should be in downhill position
If your dehumidifier is draining properly, but the water doesn’t seem to be flowing through the drainage hose, try flipping it around.
The top of the drainage hose should be lower than where the bucket is sitting. If you don’t have a drainage hose or if yours isn’t long enough to flip around, this problem might need to be addressed by a professional.
In conclusion, if you’re experiencing drainage problems with your dehumidifier, it’s best to try some simple troubleshooting steps before calling for help.
However, if these methods don’t work or if you notice them repeatedly happening on a regular basis, it might be time to call technicians in for further examination.