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Dehumidifiers Recalled Over Fire Risk

Earlier this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission ordered the recall of more than 2 million portable dehumidifier units because the units have a higher risk of overheating, smoking and starting fires. The units being recalled were all manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances, and were sold under a number of popular brand names, including Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.

According to the CPSC, 46 fires have been associated with the units, and the resulting property damage to date has exceeded $2 million. According to the recall information, no personal injuries have been attributed to the faulty units. The units were sold between January 2005 and August 2013 at home improvement stores and major retailers, like AAFES, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam’s Club, Sears and other stores nationwide and in Canada, and online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com.

The recalled units range in capacity between 20 and 70 pints, and are white, beige, gray or black plastic in color. They measure between 19 and 24 inches tall, 13 and 15 inches wide, and 9 and 11 inches deep. To determine whether you have one of the faulty units, please visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website and compare the serial number of your dehumidifier to the list published on the website. If you own one of the recalled units, please follow the instructions on the website or call Gree at (866) 853-2802 to make a claim. Consumers who have faulty units affected by the recall are cautioned to turn off and unplug the units immediately to avoid the risk of fire.

Whole-house dehumidifiers may be better option

If you’re looking for a high quality dehumidifier to replace a recalled unit, or you would like to reduce the moisture level in your home, consider the Aprilaire Whole House Dehumidifier. This commercial-grade unit can remove as much as 50% more moisture per kilowatt-hour than a portable dehumidifier can. It also offers true automatic operation, so there’s no need to adjust the unit controls once you’ve set them. If you prefer, you can control the operation of the Aprilaire 1750 entirely in manual mode.

The Aprilaire 1750 Whole House dehumidifier can remove nearly 17 gallons of water from the air in your home every 24 hours, and there is never a need to empty tanks or buckets! The 1750 switches automatically between whole-house and localized dehumidification, depending upon whether your central air conditioner is operating. The 1750 also offers supreme localized dehumidification, making it ideal for damp basements, crawl spaces and other localized moist areas of your home.

The Aprilaire 1750 is highly economical and offers flexible control over the moisture level in your home. With a whole-home dehumidifier, you can reduce or eliminate mold growth and keep your home comfortable year-round.

If you would like more information about the dehumidifier recalls, or would like to know more about how a whole-house dehumidifier can make your home more comfortable, please give us a call at Boston Standard Plumbing & Heating at (617) 288-2911 to set up a consultation. We’ll be happy to install your dehumidifier, inspect your furnace and make sure you’re ready for the home-heating season.

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