Not sure this is the best place to post, but these are mostly basic questions regarding compressors.
I like to run a standalone dehumidifier in my basement in conjunction with my central AC in order to reduce overall humidity. My old dehumidifier unit died, so I just purchased a Frigidaire FAD704DUD 70 pt unit. Even though the finished portion of the basement in only about 700 sq feet, I like to put the fan on the AC that services the bottom two floors of my house (1314 sq feet for first floor) on circulate. I have a separate AC system cooling the topmost floor.
1) The new dehumidifier puts out some serious heat and can warm up the basement pretty quickly. Is this due to it being over sized for the space?
2) Should I assume that if it's putting out that much heat, that the cold side of the coils (which I can't reach with my fingers) is getting equally as cold? Or is it possible for there to be an imbalance - ie the warm side of the coils being much warmer than the cold side is cold relatively speaking? It just seemed like the cold and warm sides of the old dehumidifier balanced each other out better and resulted in more moderate temperature exhaust.
3) Is it normal at 75F and 60% humidity (hvac fan running) for the unit to pull 2 gallons of water in 10 hours, if the thing is rated at 8.75 gallons in 24 hours? The humidity never seems to get below 50% in that time frame, btw so it's not like it has no moisture to work with.
I have until Friday night to return this unit and get a smaller capacity, different model, or just a replacement of the same model.
Thanks so much for your time