Anyone know of a good, reliable 240 volt mains electrical
dehumidifier for a boat
? My not very old desiccant Meaco DD8L Junior has broken down – again - & I need to replace it.
Its laying up time here in UK & I have found that using a dehumidifier on middle setting, together with an electric
plugged into a digital thermostat socket (the ET05 Timeguard) set to come on at say 7 degrees C, has meant I can leave everything on board over winter without any damp or mould problems at all. Certainly saves a lot of work
compared with shifting everything home, & then back in the spring. The low heater
setting means the electricity consumption
is also pretty low in our UK weather
I’m actually pretty disappointed & annoyed with the Meaco. I bought it because it was Best Buy in the Practical Boat
Owner magazine test a few years back but in my experience is 100% unreliable. I bought it in late 2016 & used it for 3 months that winter & then also the next 2 winters. Sometime during the 3rd winter it stopped working & was electrically dead. I returned it for repair under warranty early last year & put it back on the boat last autumn. Now it is dead again – same issue as far as I can see. Meaco say it is out of warranty & obsolete & they cannot now get the parts
to repair it. From 2016 !!! They offer me 20% off a new Meaco dehumidifier. I pushed hard for 50% but no budging. Anyway, why would I buy another one from them? It lasted what – 4 winters?
I have a compressor
dehumidifier in my caravan (RV) from Clarke which has worked faultlessly doing exactly the same job every winter for maybe 15 years ? I‘ve lost
count. It shows up the Meaco for the piece of junk it is. I would buy another one like that in a flash but of course it has been discontinued… Probably because it lasts too long…
So I urgently need a new machine. 1st decision is: compressor
or desiccant. Dessicant is supposed to be much more efficient for what I use it for – unattended in low temperatures onboard down to say 5 degrees C – with more durability due to less moving parts
– but that has most definitely not been my experience. Quite the opposite as far as durability is concerned.
Is that just my bad luck? Anyone had a good experience of a dessicant dehumidifier in this sort of application? It must have a continuous drain facility.
I also found this guide on the web. Any comments?