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Millions of dehumidifiers have been recalled in nationwide recall
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 5.6 million dehumidifiers in two separate, nationwide recalls. Brand-name dehumidifiers sold at retail have been RECALLED because of safety concerns. These concerns are very real. Hundreds of units have caught fire and resulted in $24 million in damages to homes and are a threat to the families inside.*
To find out whether your dehumidifier poses a fire hazard, find the label on the back of the unit. Write down the brand, model and serial number and see if that information matches any of the models from one of these two dehumidifier recalls:
2016 recall: https://www.recallrtr.com/dehumidifier
In November 2016, about 3.4 million dehumidifiers were recalled by the GD Midea Air Conditioning Company of China. Midea manufacturers dehumidifiers under the following brand names: 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. Enter the product information from the back of your dehumidifier into this searchable database provided by Midea to see if it is included in the recall.
2013 recall: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2013/Gree-Recalls-12-Brands-of-Dehumidifiers/
84 affected makes and models were recalled by the Gree Corporation in late 2013. That recall involves dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De'Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.
Once you confirm if your particular unit has been recalled, leave it unplugged until you know if it is safe.
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* WTHR Channel 13, Indianapolis (NBC affiliate); "Millions of dehumidifiers pose serious fire risk"
Watch the special report here: http://www.wthr.com/article/dehumidifier-catches-on-fire-just-hours-after-wthr-recall-report
Special thanks to Aprilaire and WTHR for information shared here.