Dehumidifier fires prompt safety alert, dehumidifiers sold at Sears and Lowe's
Don't Waste Your Money
10:32 AM, Jul 15, 2013
We have a warning a popular dehumidifier, after complaints it can catch fire.
This involves a model top rated by
Consumer Reports magazine. But the magazine is taking the unusual step of
pulling that rating, after customer feedback and some dramatic video.
Imagine if your dehumidifier caught fire in your laundry room or crawl space.
That is what happened, however, according to
a YouTube video. Coupled with several other complaints, it has triggered a stop sale order of a dehumidifier that was top rated by Consumer Reports magazine just one year ago.
Models Affected by Alert
Consumer Reports is pulling its recommendation of these dehumidifiers, which were sold under the
Soleus Air and
Kenmore brand name.
The Soleus Air models were sold primarily at Lowe's, but also at other stores and online.
The Kenmore models were sold at Sears (though this involves only a small number of Sears units).
All were built in China between 2010 and 2012 by a company called Gree. Some are squared off at the corners, while some more rounded.
The manufacturer, Gree, has issued a
"stop sale" order to all merchants, telling them to pull remaining stock .