In September 2013, Gree Electric Appliances issued a recall of their dehumidifiers due to overheating and fires. At that time, 71 fires were reported with $2.15 million in damages. Another notice has now been issued after consumers failed to heed the initial recall.
Since the original recall the number of reported incidents of overheating has increased to 471 and the number of reported fires to 121. Damage costs have increased to $4.5 million.
One of the problems may be that the dehumidifiers were sold under so many different brand names including:
The dehumidifiers have a capacity ranging from 20 to 70 pints and were sold at the following retailers and online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com:
- HH Gregg
- Home Depot
- Mills Fleet Farm
- Sam's Club
Many families purchase dehumidifiers to balance the humidity inside the home and decrease the possibility of mold growth.
The recalled dehumidifiers come in white, beige, black or gray and are between 19-24 inches tall, 13-15 inches wide, and 9-11 inches deep.
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.
You can go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website at www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Gree-Reannounces-Dehumidifier-Recall to see the recall brands, model numbers, and date codes.
Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact Gree toll free for a full refund at 866-853-2802 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at http://www.greedehumidifierrecall.com for more information.
If you purchased a dehumidifier between January 2005 and August 2013, you owe it to your family and yourself to see if it is one of the products listed on the CPSC or Gree recall websites.