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A faulty dehumidifier could burn your house down

Posted by Scott Stueber on Oct 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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There’s been a lot of information on the news recently about auto recalls that involve faulty ignition switches and airbags. Even with all that coverage, many people are still unaware if the recall affects them. Others chose to ignore these recalls because they think nothing will happen to them or it’s too inconvenient to schedule the service call.

What happens, though, if a recall isn’t publicized? How can you find out about it? I recently received a call from Susan, a senior claims specialist here at West Bend. She asked me if I ever wrote a blog about the Gree dehumidifier recall. Unfortunately, I told her, I never heard about the recall. She told me West Bend has seen several fire claims that resulted from these defective dehumidifiers.

Dehumidifiers work very hard during the spring and summer when there’s a lot of moisture in the air. They’re particularly beneficial in basements and can run quietly 24/7 if you have a hose hooked up to a drain. If you’re an allergy suffer, they can help eliminate mold, mildew, and dust mites that love damp environments.

Certain models, however, can be a fire hazard, and a number of local homes destroyed by such fires are proof.

Dehumidifier Sparks Kaukauna House Fire

Amid recall, Washington Co. Sheriff’s officials say there have been fires believed caused by dehumidifiers.

Faulty dehumidifier believed to be cause of West Bend house fire.

On September 12, 2013, Gree issued a recall in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada. The recall was for dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances of China.

Since then, two additional recalls have been issued to include still more units. You can find out if your dehumidifier is one of them by visiting the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website for details on the dehumidifier recall. You can also check for other recalled consumer goods.

When it comes to purchasing consumer goods, I recommend doing your research beforehand. Consumer Reports rates all kinds of products, from cars to leaf blowers to dehumidifiers. Unfortunately, it seems like today’s items aren’t built to last. A little research up front can help reduce buyer’s remorse.

Dehumidifier Buying Guide / Consumer Reports

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Topics: Home Safety, Fire Safety

 

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