除濕機水盆連續醋消毒


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作為一個非常懶惰的人,我每週都厭倦了用醋噴灑除濕機水盆的內部。這是一台非常緊湊的機器,水盆的形狀很奇怪,頂部(開口處)有各種鉸接的doohickeys,因此需要一點技巧才能確保我將所有內部,深層塗層向下到底部。

大量噴灑後,我先將盆浸泡在醋中浸泡約20分鐘,然後再沖洗掉,然後從外面擦掉。由於底部具有復雜的輪廓,因此我每隔幾分鐘搖晃一下水盆,以確保不在最低點的表面上有新鮮的醋層。這不是一個完全放手的過程。

避免這種情況的一種方法是,只要我每天(每天)將其倒空,就將幾湯匙醋倒入盆中,然後在除濕機運行時將醋留在其中。它將與從空氣中提取的冷凝水混合,並與水盆底部保持恆定接觸。水盆的頂部不接觸液態水(但由於水盆中的水可能會暴露在高濕度的空氣中),除了倒空過程中的側壁之一外,它不與醋接觸。盆地。

有人嘗試過嗎?它實際上是否有必要每週進行一次消毒嗎?不斷接觸醋會損害塑料嗎?缺乏盆地頂部醋(包括複雜的道奇威士忌)的暴露是否會產生塵垢,發霉或發霉的風險?它是否總是使家聞起來像醋?這對人的肺有害嗎?

我也想知道這是否只是空氣中醋的味道,空氣中的蒸氣是否實際上是酸性的。如果是這樣,那麼從長遠來看,持續暴露可能會損害暴露在空氣中的所有物體,例如書籍,塑料,織物,HEPA過濾器等。

只是想知道放縱我的惰性....

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Vinegar is a liquid, and the dehumidifier wouldn't put that back into the air. Also, vinegar is a very weak acid, and if you're that worried about your books, try something like rubbing alcohol. It'll clean better and won't damages your things.


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My concerns about damage due to the vinegar were well founded. I used my dehumidifier as a sacrificial guinea pig. When I emptied out the water bin, I sloshed in about half an inch of vinegar. I noticed that the condensed water leaking into the bin had a blue tinge. See the right side of:

Blue Stain

I did not expect that it was due to corrosion of the metal in the heat exchanger, since it was very blue; in contrast, the only colourful oxidized metal that I knew of was copper, and it rusted green.

So I took apart the front to look at the coils and fins. The entire assembly looked bluish:

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A web search reveals that heat exchangers are typically made with copper coils and aluminium fins. In my dehumidifier, the tubing that the fins are anchored onto are copper, and the fin themselves are some gray-silverish metal. The blue seems to be coming from the copper tubing. That is probably the source of the blue staining in the water bin. The vinegar is probably evaporating through the short plastic tubing connecting the water bin to the heat exchanger compartment -- there's no other open pathway to anywhere else (though the gaseous vinegar can escape through seams between plastic parts in much smaller quantities).

As further evidence that the vinegar is passing through the heat exchanger compartment, the screws at the front of the compartment are rusted. So the vinegar gas is entering the compartment, then escaping through the plastic grill on the front (basically, the air intake vent). There are other screws near the front, but more off the the side, and they are less rusted. The parts of those screws that are nearest to the front grill are more rusted.

Conclusion: Prolonged marinating of the water bin with vinegar is not advisable, as it will damage the metal components of the heat exchanger, and fastening screws. I only hope that it isn't damaging the humidity gauge.


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I'm not certain of the effects on the components, but Eucalyptus oil will help mitigate bacteria/fungus/mold growth and smells in the basin. You will have to add more when you empty the basin.


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I have 3 dehumidifiers, all different makes, and all designed so they can have a rubber hose attached for continuous drainage. I experienced persistent problems with all 3 of them when operated in continuous drain mode because the drip rate (hence flow rate) of water into the pipe was very low, hence I found the tubes blocked regularly with some sort of mouldy slime. I reasoned that the dehumidifier action of drawing air through would supply the water collecting on the vanes with a constant source of dust and mould spores and hence eventually develop this slime

My solution to the problem, which may fit quite well with your desire for a lazy (efficient!) water bin maintenance was to:

  • source some 8mm rubber tubing
  • drill a 7mm hole in the side of the water bucket about 2/3rds up between the bottom of the bucket and the max water level permitted by the float
  • cut one end of the tube at 45 degrees - this makes it easier to thread through the hole
  • push the tube through far enough that it can reach all the way down so the pointy end is touching the bottom of the bucket, the 45 degree cut will also prevent it fully contacting the bottom and blocking itself
  • position the dehumidifer vertically above where you want the condensate to drain into (sink, toilet, even just out of a window, the greater the height difference between the bottom of the bucket and the free end of the pipe, the better
  • fasten the free end of the pipe to the draining point

What happens now, is your bucket will fill as the dehumifier operates. The water level rises in the bucket and the pipe. At the moment where the water level in the bucket reaches a height that is level with the highest part of the pipe, a siphon will start and the bucket will be quickly drained into wherever you put the free end of the pipe. Because the water flow rate is higher than the slow dripping achieved by the normal continuous drain offered by the manufacturer, the inside of the tube stays clear. The free end of the tube can additionally be placed very far from the position of the dehumidifier, and it can go up and down a lot, so long as no part of its run is higher than the highest level of water in the bucket, a siphon will start. This means you could eg place your dehumidifier on a 2m high shelf, run 10metres of tube down to the floor along to the other side of the room, up to a 1m window sill and out to a drain outside. As long as there is an appreciable height difference between the bottom of the bucket and the free end of the pipe, the siphon will completely empty the tank, suck the pipe clean and then the whole setup is ready to start again

Now, this doesn't disinfect the bucket of the dehumifier, but I typically find that my bucker empties itself several times a day and while there is indeed still a bit of detritus on the inside of the bucket (I wouldn't drink out of it) it doesn't smell or fester. You could reduce the level of attention your bucket needs to a once monthly session in the dishwasher. I haven't bothered, and one of my dehumidifiers hasn't been attended to for 4 years now, it dries a storage room that I occasionally visit and the condensate waters a plant pot outside the window through which I drilled a hole for the free end of the tube

If you ever want to return your dehumifier to bucket mode, the simplest solution is to drill another 7mm hole in the bucket, above the max level the water can reach and then snip a short length of pipe to connect the two holes together, meaning water cannot escape through the lower hole as the bucket fills


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You can put a plastic bag inside the bucket like a garbage bag. When you dump water remove bag and put a new one. You can reuse the bags after washing them and wash them when you have time and wash multiple ones. Just make sure they don't touch anything hot. Using a hose with float is good if you aren't home to empty it, but usually results in more mold and slime and make it much harder to clean.