frigidaire dehumidifiers

Information about the problems and breakdowns of Frigidaire dehumidifiers that were reported from 2013 to 2021.

Common problems: burning, electrical, fire, freezing, mold, overheating, short circuit, smoke, sparks, turning on/off.

Faulty modules: compressor, control board, display, fan, filter, motor, pump, rack.


1 safety recalls announced

Dehumidifiers Made by Midea Recalled Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards; $4.8 Million in Property Damage Reported

  • Date: 11/2/2016

This recall involves 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 (Canada), 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.

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62 issues reported

Frigidaire FDB70R1

  • Date: 9/12/2013

Consumers used dehumidifier for drying out flooded garage. They did not check on it for a day or so and found strong smell of burned electrical parts & unit badly charred. Paint had blistered off; bucket was melted mas of plastic. It was plugged in & breaker wan't tripped.

Frigidaire FDL50S1

  • Date: 9/12/2013

Consumer has a dehumidifier that’s not working properly. She turned off the dehumidifier & the fan continues to run, after the power has been turned off. Consumer stated that she had to disconnect the dehumidifier from electrical outlet to completely turn off the fan.

Frigidaire FDL50S1

  • Date: 9/12/2013

Consumer started to experience problems with her dehumidifier. When the dehumidifier ran on the “low” setting it would run continuously without stopping. It would start making noises when it would try to stop. She stated that it would overheat becoming hot to the touch.

Frigidaire FDF70S1

  • Date: 9/15/2013

Consumer stated that the dehumidifirt tripped the circuit breaker. Consumer reset the breaker and plugged the unit into a GFI outlet and turned it on, after a few seconds, it tripped the GFI. He says the unit could have overheated in a higher capacity circuit causing a fire.

Frigidaire FDF50S1

  • Date: 9/16/2013

Consumer smelled odor in basement, inspected dehumidifier & found it was blowing warm air but not condensing any water. Consumer discovered that compressor of the unit was overheated. Fire hazard.

Frigidaire FDF70S1

  • Date: 9/18/2013

Consumer reported that dehumidifier is very hot when working. Consumer had too discontinue use of the product.

Frigidaire FDF50S1

  • Date: 9/23/2013

49 YOM stated that his Dehumidifier began tripping the ground fault circuit it was plugged into, when plugged into a non-protected circuit, the unit soon begins to brown out lights on that circuit and exhibits behavior of a dangerous electrical short.

Frigidaire FDF50S1

  • Date: 9/23/2013

The consumer says that a burning smell was coming thru his vent. He says the dehumidifier was burning hot. His neighbor unplugged it. He says it did not smoke or catch flames, but it was very hot and the burning smell was present.

Frigidaire FDL 50S1

  • Date: 10/18/2013

Consumer reported that his dehumidifier caught on fire. Consumer was able get the unit out of the house before doing further damage. It was fully inflame at this time. No injuries.

Frigidaire LAD704TDL

  • Date: 10/22/2013

A 31 YOM believes that dehumidified pose a fire risk. He noticed the unit was running more frequently than it had been, & seemed to be struggling to keep the humidify at 45%. One incident, it had tripped the circuit breaker, causing the sump pump it was attached to not run.

Frigidaire FDL70S1

  • Date: 10/25/2013

Dehumidifier was on the entire day & most of the summer. It was giving off a strong burning smell & a bit of smoke. She tried to turn it off, but the motor kept running. It was left unplugged the entire day. The next day same thing occurred when they tried to turn it back on.

Frigidaire FDM70S1

  • Date: 1/13/2014

Consumer reported that dehumidifier stopped pulling water out of air, smelled hot & smoked. It smells like circuit board or electronic component failure. They had to unplug it & stop using. After a while they tried using unit again & had same issue.

Frigidaire FDR 25 S1

  • Date: 2/24/2014

I had a problem with a dehumidifier. It was plugged into a GFI outlet, and it kept tripping GFI breaker. When I plugged it it into a non GFI outlet, the unit would run, but with some serious growling noises. needless to say, I'm not using this anymore due to the fire hazard.

Frigidaire FDD25S1

  • Date: 2/25/2014

Fire fighters found that one of dehumidifiers located in house basement’s room had caught on fire & second dehumidifier of same brand showed signs of overheating. There was some damage to room. Sprinkler system put fire out.

Frigidaire FDF70S1

  • Date: 4/4/2014

The caller is having problems with his dehumidifier sparking where it plugs into the outlet and it would not shut off until he went to the circuit breaker and flipped it off. The caller is not sure how long this has been a safety issue. There have been no injuries to report.

Frigidaire FDF50S1

  • Date: 4/22/2014

The consumer stated that their dehumidifier has been freezing up and having other issues.

Frigidaire FDL50S1

  • Date: 6/10/2014

The consumer stated that the dehumidifier was very hot and had an electrical burning smell when he turned it off. It was cracking and popping. The consumer stated it the same model that has been recalled, but 2 or 3 months from being part of the recall.

Frigidaire FDF50S1

  • Date: 6/20/2014

Fan on dehumidifier would run without incident, but when condenser began it would dim lights briefly & then trip circuit breaker. Same thing would happen when it was plugged into different circuits.

Frigidaire FAD504DWD

  • Date: 6/20/2014

Consumer stated that handle slips out of bucket grooves. Handle has come off multiple times while she was carrying bucket of dehumidifier or taking it out. One time full bucket fell on her right hand. She was hurt.

Frigidaire FAD251NTD

  • Date: 7/7/2014

Consumer stated that he was in basement & noticed odor of something burning & discovered that odor was emitting from dehumidifier. Plug was hot to touch & had melted from where it was plugged in. Dehumidifier was unplugged to prevent further damages.

Frigidaire LAD504TDL

  • Date: 7/22/2014

Dehumidifier was too hot to the touch. Consumer then checked to see if the unit was dirty. She cleaned the fans, where the water drips. The unit was not excessively dirty. Approximately after 1 1/2 hours unit became extremely hot. She feels that the unit poses a fire hazard.

Frigidaire FAD704TDP

  • Date: 8/22/2014

Consumer reports that the dehumidifier compressor runs without being turned after it is plugged in. It emits heat by the compressor running constantly although it is not turned on. This has occurred intermittently for a year. He considers it a fire hazard.

Frigidaire FDL50S1

  • Date: 9/1/2014

The 43-YOM consumer stated that this dehumidifier has always been very hot when operating. On one day he noticed that it smelled like plastic burning and smoke. The date of manufacture is 1 month outside the recall range. The consumer reported injury to himself.

Frigidaire PLEFMZ99GCD

  • Date: 9/24/2014

Consumer noticed that his dehumidifier turns on by itself. When he tried to turn it off, unit would not shut off. He has never had any problems prior to this incident with unit. He believes it poses safety and fire hazard and should be included in recall list.

Frigidaire FDL50S1

  • Date: 10/7/2014

The consumer reports that the dehumidifier made a loud pop then starting pouring smoke out like it was a fogging machine. The consumer is concerned if he wasn't there at the time, his house could have caught fire.

Frigidaire FDL50S1

  • Date: 10/14/2014

The consumer reports about the dehumidifier causing smoke and fire. Apparently his dehumidifier is not included in the recall because of the date on the product.

Frigidaire LAD504TDL

  • Date: 11/29/2014

The consumer stated that the dehumidifier overheated and tripped the circuit breaker.

Frigidaire FDF70S1

  • Date: 3/20/2015

Dehumidifier was on & in use when sparks came shooting out of it & it caught on fire as it blew circuit breaker.

Frigidaire FDF70S1

  • Date: 7/15/2015

The consumer stated that the the dehumidifier was overheating and tripped the electrical circuit on a day. The unit smelled very hot (like there was electrical wires burning). They unplugged the unit for a couple of days, then tried to use it again with the same results.

Frigidaire LAD704TDL

  • Date: 7/16/2015

The submitter reported that the dehumidifier was plugged in and was being used properly in a residential basement when it caught fire. The product was severely damaged in the fire. The basement had fire and smoke damage and the 1st and 2nd floors had smoke damage.

Frigidaire LAD504TDL

  • Date: 8/12/2015

The consumer stated that the dehumidifier tripped the GFI. The consumer attempted to reset and plug it back in and the GFI tripped again. The consumer could smell the dehumidifier burning.

Frigidaire FAD704DWD

  • Date: 9/14/2015

After about 2 months, a 56 YOF's dehumidifier started making a loud, low frequency, drumming sound. Fan was no longer operating, display read 30% rather than 45% as set, on-off switch unresponsive, began to smell overheating & unit got hot.

Frigidaire FDF50S1

  • Date: 9/21/2015

The consumer stated that the dehumidifier was being used in their basement when he noticed a burning smell. He found that smoke was pouring out of the dehumidifier.

Frigidaire FAD704PDT

  • Date: 9/22/2015

Consumer heard a loud humming sound coming from the dehumidifier. The consumer noticed that the fan was not running. The consumer hit the off button. The unit continued to run & make the sound. The unit was extremely hot to the touch & noticed electrical burning odor.

Frigidaire FDF50S1

  • Date: 10/20/2015

Our 50-pint dehumidifier emitted a strong burning smell while operating. Plastic case was quite warm to the touch, apparently from a stalled compressor. Unit is powered by a 15 Amp breaker that did not trip & the dehumidifier fan continued to run. Unit should have shut down.

Frigidaire FDL50S1

  • Date: 10/23/2015

Consumer purchased a dehumidifiet. Consumer smelled smoke and went down to the basement, finding the dehumidifier smoking. Consumer had to unplug it for the fire to stop - it did not turn off with the switch.

Frigidaire FAD704TDP

  • Date: 11/5/2015

Male consumer reported that dehumidifier started on fire. He was able to stop it with fire extinguisher but there was about 6-8" flames coming out back of unit. He stated it was well maintained, filter was clean, it was not full of water, & had plenty of air flow around unit.

Frigidaire FDF50S1

  • Date: 11/14/2015

The consumer stated that the dehumidifier started making a weird clicking noise and then started smoking. The clicking noise turned out to be sparks as a fire was starting in the unit. The consumer discovered that the unit was part of a recall.

Frigidaire FDL70S1

  • Date: 1/4/2016

The consumer stated that the dehumidifier used in relatively dry crawl space with no heavy use worked fine for 2.5- 3 years then started overheating and tripping circuit after 20 minutes of use. Similar to other models that have been recalled but out of the recall date range.

Frigidaire FDL50S1

  • Date: 5/6/2016

Consumer reported that dehumidifier was operating normally in basement but began to emit odor, normally associated with electrical fire. They unplugged unit immediately & placed it outside.

Frigidaire FAD504DWD

  • Date: 6/13/2016

Consumer while cleaning the dehumidifier's filter, noticed a mildew smell & found that front coil was covered in 1/8 inch layer of mold & sludge. She said there was also debris between the coils & there is no way to disassemble the coils from the unit to clean/disinfect it.

Frigidaire FFAD7033RI

  • Date: 11/6/2016

The consumer, 62, stated that her home burned to the ground during the night. The cause was determined to be her dehumidifier. The consumerreported injury to self.

Frigidaire FDL50S1

  • Date: 11/30/2016

29YOM consumer noticed strong burning odor & found dehumidifier smoking, but still running, in basement. Unit was unplugged; was hot to touch. Plastic near compressor was hot & discolored, insulation of wiring to thermocouple was burnt. Oil was found in tray underneath coils.

Frigidaire FAD704DWD

  • Date: 1/22/2017

The consumer stated that the dehumidifier was producing a burning plastic smell and was very hot. The unit would not shut off and had to be unplugged.

Frigidaire FAD504DWD19

  • Date: 1/27/2017

The consumer stated that they smelled smoke and burning odor and traced it to their fairly new dehumidifier. After unplugging the appliance, noticed the plug was burned

Frigidaire FAD704DWD

  • Date: 2/9/2017

Consumer reported that dehumidifier motor runs when it is in OFF position & it gets hot & has a burning smell & when it is in ON position, fan & humidity control won't work & smells like burning electronics. Consumer is concerned that dehumidifier is a possible fire hazard.

Frigidaire FAD504DWD

  • Date: 3/13/2017

The consumer states that their dehumidifier still runs but it does not dehumidify the room and no water is collected. The unit gets very hot so they have to unplug it.

Frigidaire FAD704DWD12

  • Date: 6/27/2017

Dehumidifier was running kind of hot & wasn't pulling moisture out of air. Turned power off but did not unplug. 3 days later noticed it was still running! Couldn't even touch the back or top it was so hot & starting to smell like burning plastic. Unplugged it. Fire Hazard.

Frigidaire FAD504DWD

  • Date: 7/29/2017

Dehumidifier will not turn off; compressor continues to run and has to be unplugged. I went into the basement to check on it because it was extremely hot. I tried to turn it off & nothing happened. I have it plugged into a surge protector so I quickly disconnected.

Frigidaire FAD704DWD

  • Date: 8/24/2017

Consumer's dehumidifier fan quits running while the compressor keeps on running. This causes the unit to get very hot. If it's turned off and back on, hot air comes out. Consumer stopped using it and feels that this is a fire hazard.

Frigidaire FAD704DWD

  • Date: 10/15/2018

Male consumer has a dehumidifier which stopped working. It became overheated and consumer unplugged it. He re-plugged it and noticed the fan stopped working and unit began overheating again. He tried it again and same incident happened. Consumer ceased use of unit.

Frigidaire FAD504DWD

  • Date: 11/12/2018

The consumer reported that while preparing to put the dehumidifier back into use the consumer noticed a discolored place on the inside of the back plastic panel. The place turns out to be where the plastic has been burned and has melted.

Frigidaire FFAD 700T10

  • Date: 4/16/2019

The consumer reports that the dehumidifier fails to turn off when the desired humidity level selected on the unit is reached. It will keep running until the unit is unplugged. The consumer stated that turning off the unit does not stop the compressor from running.

Frigidaire LAD504TDL

  • Date: 7/25/2019

A house fire was caused by a defective dehumidifier. The unit became completely involved in fire and spread to other items in the structure. Firefighters responded to the scene.

Frigidaire FAD504DWD

  • Date: 9/12/2019

Dehumidifier was very warm. Red light was on, indicated that buck was full. Compressor was still running, but fan wasn't. Consumer pushed on/off button on, but unit wouldn't go off until it was unplugged. Consumer stated that same thing happened about year ago.

Frigidaire FAD504DWD

  • Date: 5/8/2020

Consumer reports that their dehumidifier is making a loud buzzing sound and emitting an electrical burning smell. Hot air is blowing out of the top of the unit. This has happened several times. The unit is making a noise even when the fan is off. Potential fire hazard.

Frigidaire FFAD7000T1

  • Date: 8/10/2020

The consumer stated that when they started the dehumidifier, the plug sparked and smoked, and the prong turned black.

Frigidaire FAD704DWD

  • Date: 9/6/2020

The Consumer stated that the dehumidifier fan stops but the compressor still keeps running and the unit gets very hot. The Consumer stated that if they turn off on the panel, the compressor stays running and smells very hot. Only when the unit is unplugged, everything stops.

Frigidaire FAD504DWD

  • Date: 9/14/2020

Consumer used dehumidifier & found that compressor didn't turn off. Compressor wouldn't shut off. He turned unit off & noticed spark. Several month later he used dehumidifier again & turned it off, but same problem occurred. He discontinued use of dehumidifier.

Frigidaire FAD704DWD

  • Date: 1/17/2021

Consumer reports that the dehumidifier runs even when it is switched off . The compressor seems to run whenever the unit is plugged into an outlet. This is unsafe and a potential fire hazard.

Frigidaire FDF70S1

  • Date: 7/15/2021

Consumer reports that the dehumidifier did not turn off when it was full of water and smelled as it was burning. The unit was very hot. This is a potential scald or fire hazard.

Frigidaire FAD504DWD

  • Date: 8/11/2021

Consumer reports that their dehumidifier is not working properly. The fan doesn't work and when the unit is plugged in it begins smoking and has a plastic burning smell even if the unit is turned off. This unit is a potential fire hazard and unsafe for consumers.

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