Two companies recall millions of dehumidifiers

Published: November 3, 2016 (WBAY) – Check your basements. Two companies have massive recalls of dehumidifiers that can overheat and catch fire.

GD Midea is recalling about 3.4 million units sold in the United States and Canada.

There have been 38 reports of smoke and fire, causing $4.8 million in property damage. There are no reports of injuries.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the GD Midea recall involves these sizes and brand names:

25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, and 75-pint dehumidifiers with the following brand names: Airworks, Alen, Arcticaire, Arctic King, Beaumark, Coolworks, ComfortAire, Comfort Star, Continental Electic, Crosley, Daewoo, Danby, Danby & Designer, Dayton, Degree, Diplomat, Edgestar, Excell, Fellini, Forest Air, Frigidaire, GE, Grunaire, Hanover, Honeywell, Homestyles, Hyundai, Ideal Air, Kenmore, Keystone, Kul, Midea, Nantucket, Ocean Breeze, Pelonis, Perfect Aire, Perfect Home, Polar Wind, Premiere, Professional Series, Royal Sovereign, Simplicity, Sunbeam, SPT, Sylvania, TGM, Touch Point, Trutemp, Uberhaus, Westpointe, Winix, and Winixl

The units, which were manufactured in China, were sold at Lowes, Menards, and other stores nationwide from Jan. 2003 to Dec. 2013. The units cost between $100 and $300.

The CPSC says consumers should turn off and unplug the units and contact GD Midea for a replacement of partial refund.

To pursue a replacement or refund, call 800-600-3055. Customer service hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

This recall is separate from the Gree dehumidifier recall that was announced in 2013 and later re-announced in 2016.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the Gree recall involves these products:

20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. Recalled model numbers and date codes are listed below. The brand name and the pint capacity are printed on the front of the dehumidifier. The model number and date code are printed on a sticker on the back, front or side of the unit. The dehumidifiers are white, beige, gray or black plastic and measure between 19 and 24 inches tall, 13 and 15 inches wide, and 9 and 11 inches deep.

Malfunctioning dehumidifiers have been linked to a number of fires across the country, including ones in Fond du Lac, Kaukauna, and Green Bay.

A recalled dehumidifier is blamed for a fire in Fond du Lac.
A recalled dehumidifier catches fire.
Recalled Midea dehumidifier
A recalled Midea dehumidifer.

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