Yellow/Golden oily residue in water bucket

Old 07-02-18, 08:34 PM
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Yellow/Golden oily residue in water bucket

I have a Danby ddr60a4gp dehumidifier that doesn't dehumidify any longer. Took unit cover off and noticed coils freezing from bottom up within 15 minutes of unit being on. Temperature in basement is 70*F and we have had a lot of humidity these past 2/3 days. When I took the water bucket out I noticed a yellow/golden colour oily film sticking to the sides of the bucket. The filter is clean and the coils were in pretty good shape considering I never cleaned them in the past.

Any way, I'm thinking bad thoughts about the oily film I found. Does this indicate a leak of refrigerant or worse?
Old 07-03-18, 05:44 AM
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I'd say it's time to shop for a new dehumidifier. They are mostly not repairable and seem to have a life of 3-10 years. I guess your unit has a leak. The refrigerant leaked out and the residue you are seeing is the oil... that should be on the inside.

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