Handyman Wire

Who's Online
2 registered (DonkeyDave, 1 invisible), 2 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Welcome Newcomers
Unregistered users may only post in the handyman forum. If you register, you may post in any forum and use of CAPTCHA code is not required.
Topic Options
#8980 - 08/01/01 02:43 PM convert dehumidifier to air conditioner

Is it possible to convert my 18 pint/24hour dehumidifier to an air conditioner.Humid air comes into the dehumidifier and passes about cold coils thereby the air is cooled and heated back to the incoming air flow temperature via a heater and passes out the front dry and at the room temperature.Why not disconnect the internal heater that heats the air so that the air will come out cool like an air conditioner.

#8981 - 08/01/01 02:55 PM Re: convert dehumidifier to air conditioner
Harold_hydronicnetwork.net Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/03/01
Posts: 6122
Your dehumidifier is an air conditioner, as is your refrigerator. The refrigerant in the coils takes heat out of the air on one side of your unit and sends the heat out coils on the other side. Disconnect the heater coils and refrigerant will leave the unit making it useless.

However, if you can make a way to bring outdoor air to the heat coils and send the heat outdoors again, the unit will be an air conditioner. It is easier to buy a window unit and place it in a window and use it as your dehumidifier in the summer.

The purpose of a dehumidifier is to take moisture out of the air both summer and winter; this means that the heater coils of the dehumidifier, being indoors, aren't subjected to the outdoor cold in the wintertime, avoiding damage from temperatures below 40 degrees. The manufacturers made a unit to satisfy a particular need. They could just sell a window air conditioning unit and tell people to use it indoors without placing it in a window, it will do the same job. That is why they are made by companies that make both.

Harold Kestenholz


Moderator:  CabinConnection, Ernie 

Experts | Email Us | Disclaimer | HandymanWire home
Articles | We welcome your feedback. | Privacy
Handyman Wire
your resource for advice on home improvement and repairs.
Copyright 2016, Handyman USA LLC.
All rights reserved.