Dehumidifier Recall List (All Brands, Dates, and Models)
While dehumidifiers provide better living conditions, these appliances can pose serious fire and burn hazards. When dehumidifiers malfunction, they can cause significant fire, leading to smoke and even injury to a homeowner. Recalls of dehumidifiers are a common occurrence.
GE has the highest number of recalls by units and announcements. GE recalled 198,000 units in 2011, 2.2 million in 2013, and 350,000 in 2014. Whirlpool recalled 1.4 million units in 2002. In September of 2011, LG recalled about 98,000 units due to the dehumidifiers’ compressors short-circuiting, which pose a fire hazard. LG recalled 100,000 units in 2001. Kenmore recalled 795,000 units in 2013.
There are many smaller recalls from various brands that we didn’t mention above but will dive into in this guide. We’ll cover the recall date, the number of units recalled, and why the unit was recalled.
How Do I Know if My Dehumidifier is Recalled?
To find if your dehumidifier is part of a recall, look for the sticker located on the back of your unit. This sticker will list the brand name of your dehumidifier, the model number, and capacity (in pints). Compare your model number against announcements posted on the CPSC website.
Current Recalls (Announced in 2021)
- 2 Million Unit Recall Announced on August 04, 2021 (Amana, Danby, Friedrich, Haier, Honeywell, Whirlpool, and More Brands)
What Brands of Dehumidifiers Are On Recall? (Previous Recalls)
GE, Whirlpool, and LG are leading brands, but they’ve also had the highest number of recalls. All three of these brands had multiple recalls of millions of units, but they aren’t the only brands to be recalled. We put together a list of as many as we could find.
1. LG Electronics
On April 19, 2001, LG recalled about 100,000 Goldstar, General Electric, and Sears Kenmore portable dehumidifiers. These units had an internal electrical connection that overheated. These dehumidifiers caused a fire inside the units and to surrounding objects.
The recalled dehumidifiers are white, with a red auto shut-off button. Models recalled include Goldstar DH2510, DH4010 and DH5010; General Electric AHG25LAG1, AHG40LAG1 and AHG50LAG1.
Since these were sold only in 1999 and it would be rare for anyone to still own them, we didn’t dive deep into this specific recall. But, in the off chance you still own this unit, call LG Electronics toll-free (800) 651-1602 for free repair. For more information, read the official recall.
On December 30, 2009, LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., of China recalled 98,000 portable dehumidifiers. The hazard was the power connector for the dehumidifier’s compressor causing a short circuit, which can lead to a fire.
This recall involves 30-pint portable dehumidifiers sold under two different brand names. The dehumidifiers are white with a red shut-off button and are marked “Goldstar” or “Comfort-Aire” on the front.
These units were sold by The Home Depot, Walmart and Heat Controller Inc. nationwide from January 2007 through June 2008. These units were also manufactured in China. And, here’s the official recall if you want more details.
What to Do: Stop using the recalled unit and contact LG right away to see if your unit is part of the recall. You may be able to drop it off at an authorized LG service center for a free repair. contact LG toll-free at (877) 220-0479.
|Brand||Model No.||Serial Number Range||Sold at|
|Heat Controller Inc.|
On September 14, 2011, about 98,000 dehumidifiers we recalled by LG. This is due to the power connector for the dehumidifier’s compressor short-circuiting, which poses a fire hazard to homeowners and their property.
These dehumidifiers were recalled for the first time in December 2009 due to 11 incidents being reported. Out of those eleven, there were four significant fires. Since those fires, 16 additional reports were sent to LG for smoke and fire due to these dehumidifiers.
And, 9 additional fires that weren’t as big. Luckily, homeowners were not injured in these reports.
|Brand||Model No.||Serial Number Range||Sold at|
|Goldstar||GHD30Y7||611TAxx00001 through 08400|
611TAxx08401 through 40600
612TAxx00001 through 20400
612TAxx21001 through 30600
|Goldstar||DH305Y7||612TAxx00001 through 00600|
701TAxx00001 through 16800
702TAxx00001 through 03000
|Comfort-Aire||BHD-301-C||611TA000001 through 001697|
612TA000001 through 004200
701TA000001 through 000578
710TA000001 through 000599
|Various retailers, including Ace|
Hardware, Do It Best and Orgill Inc.
These dehumidifiers were sold by The Home Depot, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Do It Best, and Orgill Inc. between January 2007 through June 2008. The units were manufactured in China.
GE add another recall on April 29, 2014, for 15,500 units. This is due to a specific component in the dehumidifier’s compressor that can short circuit, which is a risk of fire. This recall involves 30-pint portable GE brand dehumidifiers.
The dehumidifiers are made of white plastic and measure about 19 inches tall, 13 inches wide and 9 inches deep. They have a front-loading water bucket. The controls are located on top of the unit with the “GE” logo.
What to Do: Stop using the unit and unplug it right away. Contact Midea for instructions on returns or to get a free repair. Don’t try to return to Walmart or wherever you purchased the unit.
|Model Number||Serial Number Begins with:||Manufacture Date|
|ADKW30LN||AT1, DT1, FT1 or GT1||2010/01 through 2010/04|
(for January 2010 through April 2010)
2. GE (and Gree)
On January 11, 2011, recalled about 198,000 units. This recall was due to a short circuit in the dehumidifier’s compressor. This recall involves 30-pint and 40-pint portable dehumidifiers made between November 2006 and August 2007, and during April 2008.
The dehumidifiers are white with a front-loading water bucket. The GE or “Professional Series” logos are located on top of the dehumidifier. These units were sold in Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, Menards and other retail stores nationwide from February 2007 through June 2009.
What to Do: Consumers should stop using the recalled units and call Midea to determine if their unit is part of the recall.
|Brand||Model Number Begins With:||Serial Number Begins With:|
|GE||AHK30LK, AHW30LK, AHM30LK,|
AHK40LK, AHH40LK, and AHM40LK
|VL1, ZL1, AM1, DM1, FM1,|
GM1, HM1, LM1, MM1, RM1
|CEM “Professional Series”||PS78303||from C10102336010841 4100001|
to C10102336010841 5103037
Another recall from Gree took place on September 12, 2013, where this time 2.2 million units were recalled in the United States and 52,500 in Canada. An extension of the 2014 recall, consumers experienced the same issue with overheating, smoke, and fire.
A major recall by any means, this one involves 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.
The various brands got reports of 325 incidents, including 71 fires and $2,725,000 in property damage. That’s the largest recall we’ve seen to date with dehumidifiers. Units sold at AAFES, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe’s, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam’s Club, and Sears nationwide.
What to Do: This recall involved 12 different brand names. There are so many models and serial numbers, we felt it was too much to list here. Check here if your dehumidifier has been recalled. If it was, contact Gree for a refund.
On January 30, 2014, GE recalled about 350,000 in the United States and 2,700 in Canada. These dehumidifiers were recalled because they overheat, cause smoke and even catch on fire. This poses a serious risk of fire and burn hazards to homeowners.
Although the GE appliances division was acquired in 2016, it is still marked as the GE brand. This recall involves 30, 40, 50, 65-pint dehumidifiers with the GE logo. The recalled units have a light gray plastic and measure anywhere between 19 to 23 inches tall, 13 and 15 inches wide, and 9 and 11 inches deep.
What to Do: If you bought a dehumidifier marked as GE from January 2005 through August 2013 and it fits the model and serial number listed here, you should immediately turn off and unplug your unit and call or email Gree to get a refund. Units were sold at Sam’s Clun or Walmart.
|Model Number||Capacity||Manufacture Date|
|ADER30LN||30 pint|| |
1/08 through 12/10
(for January 2008 through December 2010)
On May 15, 2014, Gree recalled about 2.5 million in the United States and 55,000 in Canada. The recall was due to overheating of the unit, causing smoke and fires. This recall was first announced in September 2013, updated in October 2013 and finally, it was expanded in January 2014 (basically all the recalls above).
Since it’s an extension of previous recalls, not much to report here. It is a recall of the 12 brands we already mentioned above, which was an extensive recall. Read the details here.
On January 31, 2002, Whirlpool recalled about 1.4 million dehumidifiers. Whirlpool had 13 cases reported where the units overheat and caused fire. The recalled dehumidifiers were sold under the Whirlpool, Kenmore, and ComfortAire brands.
The dehumidifiers are made of white plastic, are about 2-feet high, and have a front-mounted water bucket. Look for serial numbers beginning with QG, QH, QJ, QK or QL. To locate the serial number, check the label on the wall behind the water bucket.
On August 02, 2012, Kenmore recalled 795,000 units. The recall was announced because units were overheating, smoking, melting, and catching on fire. This recall involved 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers made between 2003 and 2005.
The Kenmore dehumidifiers are made of white plastic and measure between 21 and 24 inches tall, about 15 inches wide and about 13.5 inches in depth. This is an identical recall to the one in 2013, so look below for the model numbers.
Our guess is that Kenmore split up the recall into two announcements.
What to Do: Contact the Recall Fulfillment Center toll-free at (855) 400-4641 or visit http://www.kenmoredehumidifierrecall.com/ to file a claim.
On July 17, 2013, Kenmore recalled about 795,000 units. Similar to the very same recall from 2012, the dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire. This recall involves Kenmore brand 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers made between 2003 and 2005.
The dehumidifiers are made of white plastic and are between 21 and 24 inches tall, about 15 inches wide and about 13.5 inches deep. They have a fan, humidity controls and the Kenmore logo is printed on the front. They come with front-loading water buckets.
35-pint (2004) – 580.54351400
50-pint (2003) – 580.53509300
70-pint (2003) – 580.53701300
70-pint (2004) – 580.54701400
70-pint (2005) – 580.54701500
What to Do: Turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and call the Recall Fulfillment Center to get a Sears gift card for either $75, $80, $90 or $100. It can be used at any Sears or Kmart store or at Sears.com or Kmart.com.
The gift card amount will depend on your unit’s capacity and year. Instead of a gift card, you may request a check for the refund amount. You will also get a $25 coupon as a bonus to use at Sears stores or Sears.com toward the purchase of a new Kenmore dehumidifier.
5. Hampton Bay
On December 17, 2009, Home Depot recalled about 2,000 Hampton Bay dehumidifiers. The hazard was an internal component failing, causing the dehumidifier to overheat. This poses a fire and a burn hazard to anyone who purchased the unit.
Home Depot took note of 18 reports of the units catching fire. One consumer even reported a burn injury to his forearm. These units were made in China and sold by The Home Depot from November 2000 through May 2007.
The dehumidifiers are beige and have four wheels. The brand “Hampton Bay” is printed on the front panel. Model HB-50 is the model being recalled. To find your model number, check the back interior panel.
Frigidaire did not announce its own recall, but it was part of a larger recall by Gree.
Danby Dehumidifiers manufactured by New Widetech between 2009 and 2017 have been recalled. If you own a Danby dehumidifier, please see the models here or conduct a search to see if your model is on recall.
This recall involves 25, 30, 35, 45, 49, 50, 60, 65, 70, and 74-pint dehumidifiers with bran names AeonAir, Amana, ArcticAire (Danby), Classic (Danby / Home Hardware Stores), Commercial Cool, Danby, Danby Designer, Danby Premiere, De’Longhi, Edgestar.
Also, Friedrich, Generations (Danby), Haier, Honeywell (JMATEK / AirTek), Idylis, Ivation, perfect aire, SuperClima, Whirlpool, and Whynter.
Goldstar units were called by LG in April of 2001 and again in December of 2009. Details on these units can be found under the LG Electronics section (listed at #1).
9. Haier America
In August 2001, 30,750 Haier brand dehumidifiers were recalled as part of a voluntary recall. Model numbers include HM50EP; HM70EP; HEN70ETFP; and HEN70ETFP-E. This was recently announced on the CPSC website and on the Haier site.
There is no known Electrolux dehumidifier recall (past or present).
Midea recalled 198,000 units on January 11, 2011. This was part of a larger GE recall we covered in the GE section. Midea also recalled 15,500 units on April 29, 2014.
We don’t have any information on any Hisense dehumidifiers being recalled currently.
So, What Should I Do If My Dehumidifier Is Recalled?
Simply locate the model number and the serial number of your unit and write them down. Contact the company directly by calling their toll-free number, or start a claim online on their website. Each recall should have a phone number or website link where you can inquire.
When contacting the company, you may get a refund, repair, or a new unit. Repair is unlikely since these units are being recalled for risk of fire. But, definitely check with the respective company to see what your options are.
If your dehumidifier was recalled, don’t try to return it to the retailer, but rather contact the brand directly. Check if your unit is currently on recall or was previously part of one, which can save you time and the risk of smoke or fire in your home.
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