Santa Fe Advance120 Dehumidifier

Santa Fe Advance120 Dehumidifier

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Santa Fe Advance120 Dehumidifier, previsouly known as Santa Fe Force, is the second most powerful dehumidifier in Santa Fe's catalog. With a powerful and energy efficient fan, Santa Fe Force can pull up to 120 pints of water out of your spaces in a day. It also has an impressive coverage of 2900 sq. ft, making the Santa Fe Advance120 a great choice for medium to large spaces. 

Santa Fe Force has all the features that you expect from a high end dehumidifier:

  • Quiet Operation Noise - Well engineered, powder-coated steel structure makes this dehumidifier one of the quietest on the market.
  • Low Temperature Operation - Working at temperatures that other dehumidifiers just can't handle, the Santa Fe Advance120 keeps working diligently.
  • Auto Restart - All Santa Fe dehumidifiers have automatic restart capability after any power outage. They even keep all the settings.
  • Large Capacity - The Santa Fe Force can remove a large amount of moisture from the air, up to 120 pints a day out of a 2900 sq. ft. area, doing the job of several competing dehumidifiers.
  • Superior Air Filtration - Using MERV-8 or 11 filters, the Santa Fe Advance120 keeps working at full efficiency when other dehumidifiers would struggle on slowly.
  • High Energy Efficiency - All Santa Fe dehumidifiers exceed the Energy Star efficiency ratings.

How does Santa Fe prevent humidity from damaging your property? The Santa Fe dehumidifiers prevent mold, mildew and pests from ever growing, keeping your property safe from any damage these might cause and keep your home environment comfortable and healthy. 

All Santa Fe dehumidifiers work by using their refrigeration systems to collect the water from the surrounding air. The air is cooled so that the moisture condensates onto a coil, which collects and directs the water into the drain hose, by the force of gravity. The dehumidified air is then used to help with the cooling process before being reheated and released through the exhaust vents on the sides of the dehumidifier.

Dehumidifiers are important because wet crawlspaces and basements are the main factor for the eventual destruction of floor joists, beams, insulation, and electrical and mechanical systems. Excessive moisture encourages the growth of mold on wood and on other organic material in crawl spaces. All these things lead to a large amount of damage to your property. This Force dehumidifier will remove moisture from your basement or crawlspaces to prevent the growth of mildew, rust, mold, biological allergens, musty odors, bacteria and even dust mites and other pests. 

The EPA recommends keeping humidity levels below 50%, to keep all those issues from occurring. Just attach a tube to the water output valve, place the tube where you want it to go, plug the dehumidifier in and watch it go. The dehumidifier works in all environments as well, including wine cellars, gun vaults, home libraries, car collections, and historical homes.

Two optional accessories provide the best flexibility in installation. 

  • Santa Fe Dehumidifier Duct Kit, Supply Only (4033039). If you need to hide the dehumidifier in a closet and need to treat an adjoining room, this kit is for you. Even if you need to move air from one room to another, this kit has you covered. Check the Duct Kit attachment for more information.
  • Santa Fe Dehumidifier Pump Kit (4033038). If you need to move the water upward or you need to move the water a long distance, this accessory is for you. Energy efficient, only working when needed, this is a great add-on for the dehumidifier in a lot of situations. Check the Pump Kit attachment for more information.

This dehumidifier is highly recommended by people who have used the system, Santa Fe Advance120 is the best quality that you can get. 

If you need any other accessories for the Santa Fe Advance120, we have it here for you.

Runs off of 850 watts on average and draws 7.3 amps while operating. The energy efficiency is 6.1 pints of water per kilowatt hour.

Features and Specs

For use in Basements, crawlspaces, wine cellars, gun vaults, home libraries, car collections, historical homes and other indoor humid areas.
Pet safe Yes
Yield 120 pints per day
Dimensions 14.5 inches wide by 21 inches high by 26 inches long and 90 lbs
Coverage Area 2900 sq. ft.
Voltage 115
Hose Length (in.) 5/8 inches by 96 inches
Warranty 6 Year Limited Warranty:
2 Years Full Warranty Parts and Labor
3 to 6 Years Component Warranty - including (Compressor, Evaporator Coil, and Condenser Coil)
Parts Included Santa Fe Advance120 Dehumidifier, 8-Foot Drain Hose, 8-Foot Power Cord, 4 Leveling Feet, MERV-8 Air Filter and an Owner's Manual.
Shipping Weight 97.00 lbs
Manufacturer Santa Fe Dehumidifiers (Mfg. Number: 4034160)


Capacities for residential dehumidifers are measured in pints of water removed per day at standard conditions (80 degrees F and 60% RH) determined by the American Home Appliance Manufacturers. At these conditions, the capacity of the Santa Fe Advance120 is 120 pints per day as compared to 20 - 65 pints from standard residential units. However, most basements and crawlspaces are cooler than 80 degrees F so the water removal capacity of the standard unit will be lowered significantly. A large dehumidifier such as the Santa Fe Force is necessary that moisture is removed at real world temperature of your crawlspace or basement to prevent mold, bacteria and mildew growth. This Santa Fe Advance120 is designed for these cooler applications.

Intended Application(s)
The Santa Fe Advance120 is intended for use in crawlspaces or basements: however, the unit can be placed in almost any residential setting where dehumidification is desired. Use in non-residential applications and pool areas may void warranty.
The Santa Fe Advance120 works most effectively between 56° and 95°. In order to efficiently control humidity levels, the area in which the dehumidifier is to be operated must be free of water intrusion or excessive fresh (outside) air infiltration. Before installing the Santa Fe Force, water intrusion and air infiltration problems should be addressed.


Remove compressor shipping tie from the unit. Failure to remove shipping tie will cause excess vibration to be transmitted to the frame.

Remove Compressor Shipping Support

The Santa Fe Advance120 uses a compressor to power the refrigeration system. To protect the compressor and refrigeration system during shipping a plastic tie wrap secures it to the units frame. Remove the tie wrap by cutting the tie wrap and pulling from the unit as shown. After removing tie wrap, insert plastic plugs provided into the holes.


The Santa Fe Advance120 can be installed in a variety of locations to meet the owner’s needs; other considerations include:

1. Providing access to a 115 VAC power outlet (10' power cord is provided).

2. Locating near a floor or other suitable drain.

3. Mount 4" above drain.

4. Do not install the Santa Fe Advance120 with the exhaust of the unit within 1' of a wall or obstruction. Do not place the unit near open water.

No Ducting (Figure 1)

The simplest installation is to place the Santa Fe Advance120 with no ducting. To ensure optimal performance, the air inlet and the outlet of the unit must be at least 1' from walls and other obstructions to air flow.

Duct Outlet (Figure 2)

Dehumidification performance can be modified by adding an outlet duct to circulate air.

Remote Area, w/Outlets Ducted (Figure 3)

A simplified remote installation method than above uses ducting between the Santa Fe Advance120 discharge and the humid room; the Santa Fe Advance120 inlet draws air from the room in which it’s located. This works well if there is an adequate air flow path between the two rooms; e.g. high door undercut, louvered door or wall grill. This eliminates the need to remote mount the humidity control.

Electrical Requirements

The Santa Fe Advance120 plugs into a common grounded outlet on a 110-120 VAC 15-Amp circuit. While operating, it draws less than 8 amps @ 80°F, 60% RH and less than 6 amps @ 75°F, 50% RH. Use of a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected circuit is recommended. The unit should not be used in areas prone to flooding.

Installing Feet

Included with your Santa Fe Advance120 are four leveling feet. It is important to level the unit for proper draining.

Installing Leveling Feet

See Figures 2 and for installing leveling feet.
1. Lay down a protective pad (pillow, blanket, etc.).

2. Carefully turn unit onto side opposite drain port.

3. Align leveling foot shaft with one of the four threaded hole locations as shown in Figure 2.

4. Screw each leveling foot in ten revolutions.

5. Carefully bring unit to upright position.

6. Level unit for proper water drainage.

7. Wait 10 minutes before operating.

Note: Operating the unit immediately after bringing it to an upright position can possibly damage the compressor. A short amount of time is needed (10 minutes) to allow the oil to return to it’s reservoir for lubrication.

For proper drainage, the unit must be mounted so the drain outlet is at least 4" above the floor drain, and must be fully supported under the base.

Condensate Water Removal

The Santa Fe Advance120 drains via gravity, therefore, it does not have the ability to push condensate (water) upwards. The drain hose must run down towards the drain location. Condensate can be drained by using the 5/8” clear vinyl hose and the 3/4” threaded adapter provided. Ensure the threaded adapter is threaded in tightly.

The Santa Fe Advance120 requires a drain trap. Creating a drain trap allows a small amount of water to build up in the trap area of the clear hose. This prevents air from back flowing through the hose and into the dehumidifier; essentially causing the unit to backflow water out of the corners of the machine. Position the trap in the hose approximately 8"-10” from the dehumidifier and make sure the highest point of the trap is still at least 2”below the black drain port adapter on the dehumidifier. If the highest point of the trap is above the drain port, water will back flow into the dehumidifier. Check the hose regularly to ensure water is draining properly.

Use care to keep the hose as flat to the floor as possible after your trap is in place. Be sure the hose is not kinked or otherwise restricted so water can pass through the hose freely. Improper installation of the drain hose may result in water leakage.
If the Santa Fe Force is located too far from the floor drain and the provided hose does not reach, you may use a 1/2” PVC rigid pipe to extend the drain. Rigid PVC tubing is readily available from your local hardware store. Be sure the extension is at a down-word slope to the drain. An optional condensate pump kit may be installed if lift is required to remove condensate.


Humidity Control Adjustment

The humidity control is an adjustable switch that closes when the relative humidity of the air in which it is located rises to the dial set point. It opens when the RH drops 4 to 6% below the set point.

Approximate Humidity Levels Per Setting:
“Drier” 20% to 30% Relative Humidity
“Normal” 45% to 55% Relative Humidity
“Humid” 80% to 90% Relative Humidity

The dehumidifier will run until the relative humidity (RH) is reduced to the humidity control dial setting.

Quality humidity meters are available from the factory and are recommended to accurately monitor humidity levels. Refer to the options and accessories table in this document.

Fan Switch

Turning the impeller switch to “FAN ON” will cause the unit’s internal impeller to run continuously, whether the unit is dehumidifying or not. This function is desirable if the unit is used for air circulation.
Turning the fan switch to “FAN AUTO” will cause the unit’s internal blower to run only while the unit is dehumidifying.


NOTE: Do not operate the unit without the filter or with a less effective filter. The heat exchange coils inside the unit could become clogged and require disassembly to clean.

Air Filter
The Santa Fe Advance120 ships with a standard MERV 8 pleated fabric filter. This should be checked every six months. The pleated fabric filter can generally be vacuumed clean several times before needing replacement. Operating the unit with a dirty filter will reduce dehumidifier capacity and efficiency and may cause the compressor to cycle on and off unnecessarily. Replacement filters can be ordered from your dealer.


Servicing the Santa Fe Advance120 with its high pressure refrigerant system and high voltage circuitry presents a health hazard which could result in death, serious bodily injury, and/or property damage. Only qualified service people should service this unit.

Technical Description
The Santa Fe Advance120 uses a refrigeration system similar to an air conditioner’s to remove heat and moisture from incoming air, and add heat to the air that is discharged. Hot, high pressure refrigerant gas is routed from the compressor to the condenser coil. The refrigerant is cooled and condensed by giving up its heat to the air that is about to be discharged from the unit. The refrigerant liquid then passes through a filter/drier and capillary tubing which cause the refrigerant pressure and temperature to drop. It next enters the evaporator coil where it absorbs heat from the incoming air and evaporates.

The evaporator operates in a flooded condition, which means that all the evaporator tubes contain liquid refrigerant during normal operation. A flooded evaporator should maintain constant pressure and temperature across the entire coil, from inlet to outlet. The mixture of gas and liquid refrigerant enter the accumulator after leaving the evaporator coil. The accumulator prevents any liquid refrigerant from reaching the compressor. The compressor evacuates the cool refrigerant gas from the accumulator and compresses it to a high pressure and temperature gas to repeat the process.

If the unit does not work properly, please check the following:
— Is the unit unplugged?
— Is power to outlet on? (check switch, if applicable)
— Is circuit breaker tripped?
— Is humidity control set? (turn to “ON”)
— Is air flow restricted? (check air filters and grill)
If none of the above, call dealer.

No dehumidification. Neither blower, nor compressor run with fan switch AUTO.
1. Unit unplugged or no power to outlet, circuit breaker tripped.
2. Humidity control set to “Humid” setting.
3. Loose connection in internal wiring.
4. Humidity control is defective.

No dehumidification. Compressor does not run but blower runs with fan switch AUTO and humidity control turned to ON.

1. Defrost thermostat open, ambient temperature too low.
2. Loose connection in compressor circuit.
3. Defective compressor overload.
4. Defective compressor or compressor run capacitor.

Blower runs with fan switch AUTO but compressor cycles on & off.
1. Low ambient temperature and/or humidity causing unit to cycle through defrost mode.
2. Defrost thermostat defective.
3. Defective compressor overload.
4. Defective compressor.

Blower does not run with fan switch in either position. Compressor runs briefly but cycles on and off.
1. Loose connection in blower circuit.
2. Obstruction prevents impeller rotation.
3. Defective blower.
4. Defective blower switch.

Evaporator coil frosted continuously, low dehumidifying capacity.
1. Dirty air filter or air flow restricted.
2. Defrost thermostat loose or defective.
3. Low refrigerant charge.

Refer to Manual for full instructions.

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Can you add a float switch to turn off power to the Santa Fe Force?

According to the manufacturer, yes you can add a float switch to turn off the power. The float switch wires directly in between the switch and the unit itself. You may contact Santa Fe Dehumidifiers directly for any details on this unit at 800-533-7533. 

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