Dehumidifiers aren’t a household appliance that people think about on a daily basis. In fact, they probably don’t think about them at all until a few weeks after it’s gone out and you notice there’s something off with the air in your home.
While the air conditioning unit in your home serves the purpose of keeping your family cool, dehumidifiers keep the air clean and fresh in any other environment.
That’s why there are a few situations you don’t want to hear about your dehumidifier that could be an indicator that service is needed.
That It’s Older Than 5 Years
Dehumidifiers, on average, only last 3 to 5 years. Hearing that yours is older than 5 means that it’s either not functioning properly or will be on its way out soon.
While the lifespan of 3 to 5 years is about average, they can technically last as long as 8 years if properly maintained and cared for. With that being said, don’t read 8 years as, ‘let’s try to make it last that long,’ but more along the lines of prepare yourself for a new one.
The longer a dehumidifier goes past the 5-year mark, the less efficient it becomes, meaning that your home is susceptible to allergens, dust mites, mold, and mildew, all of which can be extremely harmful to your health.
Mold Is Growing Anyway
If you find out that mold is growing in your home, even with the use of a dehumidifier, your unit may not be working properly. The whole premise behind using a dehumidifier is reducing water or humidity in the air. The more water that remains in the air, the more your home is susceptible to mold growth. Be on the lookout for:
- Stains on walls
- Damo baseboards and molding
- Musty smells
- Wet drywall
All of these conditions are a clear indication that mold is already present or is on the way. The earlier you detect mold, the quicker you can make adjustments to your dehumidifier to get it back in working order.
It Smells Funky
No one wants to walk into a house that smells musty like the neighboring cat lady’s house, however, this could end up being a very real problem if your dehumidifier stops working. Part of this issue relates to water being left in the air and the other part is related to mold or mildew that is growing.
The crazy thing about your house smelling funky is that most of the time, you won’t notice it until someone is polite enough to tell you, or worse, it’s bad enough you can’t avoid it. In this event, you should definitely have your dehumidifier checked out by a professional.
What Should You Do Next?
If you’ve been told any of these three things about your dehumidifier, it’s time to get that thing checked! It’s definitely understandable if you don’t want to have just anyone in your home, which is why you can always rely on your local experts, Air Comfort Service.
With reliable dehumidifier repair and maintenance services, you can restore the comfort to your home in no time! Air Comfort Service is your reliable 24-hour heating and cooling specialist. Call us at (314) 480-3384 today to book your dehumidifier check-up!