During our energy audits, we continue to find recalled dehumidifiers in homes. So, we thought it’s time to send out another public service announcement!
If you have a dehumidifier manufactured between 2003 and 2013, it’s possible it is a fire hazard and has been recalled. There have been over 5 million dehumidifiers that have been recalled due to fire hazards as a result of faulty wiring. There are 2 separate recalls that have been issued by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPC), and you may be eligible to get some money back!
Gree Dehumidifier Recall – This recall impacted 2.5 million units and was issued 09/12/2013 by the manufacturer (Gree) in conjunction with the USCPC. Units have been found to overheat with the potential for smoke and catching fire that can cause burn hazards. Gree manufactured for the following brands: Danby/Premiere, De’Longhi/SuperClima, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Seabreeze, and SoleusAir. They were sold from January 2005 through August 2013.
Here is the link to see if your unit has been recalled: http://www.greedehumidifierrecall.com/ProductEntry.aspx. If you find it is recalled, they will send you a simple recall kit asking you to send back the tag that has the model and serial number as well as the power cord. Once received, they will mail a refund check for the retail value of the unit.
Midea Dehumidifier Recall – This recall impacted 3.4 million units and was also issued by the USCPSC due to fire safety hazards and known house fires. Units were sold from Jan 2003 through Dec 2013. Midea has received 38 reports of smoke and fire. About $4.8 million property damage has been reported. No injuries have been reported.
Here is the link to check it out: https://www.recallrtr.com/dehumidifier Midea manufactured for the following brands: Airworks, Alen, Arctic King, Arcticaire, Beaumark, Comfort Star, ComfortAire, Continental Electric, Coolworks, Crosley, Daewoo, Danby, Danby Designer, Dayton, Degree, Diplomat, Edgestar, Excell, Fellini, Forest Air, Frigidaire, GE, Grunaire, Hanover, Homestyles, Honeywell, Hyundai, Ideal Air, Kenmore, Keystone, Kul, Midea, Nantucket, Ocean Breeze, Pelonis, Perfect Aire, Perfect Home, Polar Wind, Premiere, Professional Series, Royal Sovereign, Simplicity, SPT, Sunbeam, Sylvania, TGM, Touch Point, Trutemp, Uberhaus, Westpointe, Winix, and Winixl.
Why might a home need a dehumidifier?
It is common for central Illinois homes to need a dehumidifier to help control indoor humidity levels. Homes with basements are famous for bulk water problems from overflowing gutters, poor grading around the foundation, and high water tables. Even when everything on the outside is done perfectly to keep water away from the building, homes are still susceptible to the gradual movement of water vapor from the soil around the home through the concrete slab and through the porous concrete walls. This type of water isn’t seen until it starts to condensate on cold surfaces such as windows, ductwork, or cold water pipes. Running a dehumidifier is a common treatment for keeping the humidity levels under control to solve some of these problems.
If you are struggling with humidity issues in your home, give us a call! We like to troubleshoot these problems and can help solve high humidity problems in the summer or winter, and we can also help solve why the house is very dry in the winter.