The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 5.6 million dehumidifiers in two nationwide recalls due to a potential fire hazard. The dehumidifier recall includes over 60 different brands of retail dehumidifiers built over a 10-year period.
Recent media coverage shows just how real the concerns are. Hundreds of units have caught fire and resulted in $24 million in damages to homes, according to news reports. If you have a portable dehumidifier in your home, you need to make sure it’s safe.
What Should I Do?
Unplug your dehumidifier and check the brand. Next, check the links below to see if your dehumidifier is impacted by either the 2013 or 2016 recall. After confirming your brand is in the recall, check the model number and serial number of your specific appliance. If your dehumidifier is in the recall, follow the instructions on the website for a refund or return.
Dehumidifier Recall Resources
There are two separate recalls, so please be sure and check both links. Regardless of when you purchased your dehumidifier, it could be on the list as some models date back to 2003.
Importance of Dehumidification
Homeowners shouldn’t forget that dehumidification is still essential to a healthy, comfortable home. Excess humidity that builds up in the basement can cause mold, mildew, insect infestations and even damage the integrity of the home. Aprilaire offers high-capacity dehumidifiers in freestanding and ducted models to help keep indoor RH in check.
If you currently own a product involved in the dehumidifier recall, be sure to replace it before humidity levels buildup in your home.
Find a Professional to Review Your Situation
An Aprilaire dealer can help install the high-capacity solution that is right for your home. Contact one today for a safe, effective solution to smelly, moldy basements!