Aprilaire Dehumidifier

busboyJune 21, 2012

I have an Aprilaire model 1720 4 years old. Been happy with it BUT the fan motor has gone out and needs replacement. Get this: $1262 for the motor/fan assembly!!!! Not to mention this motor was replaced after the first week. Warrenty on the unit was only 2 years (believe it is now 5 years). At this price I am seriously considering replacing the entire unit. The basement is about 2700 sq.ft finished. It is a walk out basement. No water issues just high humidity. The unit is tied into the dedicated basement ductwork and the fan stays on for circulation and Trane Air cleaner. Portables are not an option per Mrs. So, some questions for the pros:

The CFM of the 1720 is 500CFM. Do I really need that much?

A 275 CFM can be bought for the price of the new motor.

Does Aprilaire have a good rep?

Are ther better brands out ther you would reccomend?

I would never attempt to install an A/C system myself but in this case, the ducting is already in place in an open storage area. It appears it would be a simple swap out, hook up the drain line and plug the electrical into the dedicated wall plug. OR AM I MISSING SOMETHING?

Appreciate the input. The house is sucking the life out of me.

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rcbl

Take a look at the Aprilaire 800 Steam system. It is a whole house humidifier and de-humidifier....keeping the humidity stable at the level you set.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 3:05AM
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ionized_gw

Has anyone looked closely at the motor to see if a generic replacement can be had?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 5:23PM
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busboy

The service guy was very knowledgable. The whole thing is an integrated unit and he was also flabbergasted at the price. He was thinking $600 range. The motor is manufactured in Germany. Perhaps that is why. The 1720 model is listed on the Aprilaire site as "obsolete". Any pros out there done a retrofit? rcbl: there has never been any problem with too little humidity in the basement so the steam would be a waste in this instance.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 10:51AM
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busboy

Well, you folks can disregard this thread. As it turns out the warranty is 5 years on anything later than 2006. The paperwork said 2 years. Mine was installed in July 2007. It expires in about 3 weeks!! Talk about cutting it close! Goes to show you sometime have to rely on yourself and your own records to keep from getting..well you know.
Until the next problem!!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 12:35PM
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ionized_gw

Germany is sending all of its money to Greece and Spain, they have to get more somewhere.

I am glad that you can get it done under warranty. Scratch me off the Aprilaire potential customer list. If I needed a new kilobuck motor, I would be taking a close look at cobbling something in there or taking the motor to a rebuild shop. Usually the latter only work on large motors so maybe that would not work. One might be able to fit something using your own sweat, but it would not pay to have a pro service guy doing it.

When I first read your problem, It brought to mind this kind of central dehumidifier. I've considered doing this once or twice. See page 20:

http://www.buildingscience.com/documents/reports/rr-0214-conditioning-air-in-the-humid-south-creating-comfort-and-controlling-cost

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 2:18PM
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