ge dehumidifiers

Information about the problems and breakdowns of GE dehumidifiers that were reported from 2001 to 2021.

Common problems: burning, fire, overheating, smoke.

Faulty modules: buttons, display, door, fan, filter, motor, thermostat.


3 safety recalls announced

LG Electronics Inc. Announce Recall of Goldstar, General Electric, and Sears Kenmore Dehumidifiers

  • Date: 4/19/2001

Voluntarily recalling about 100,000 Goldstar, General Electric, and Sears Kenmore portable dehumidifiers. These dehumidifiers have an internal electrical connection that can overheat, presenting a potential fire hazard to consumers. LG Electronics has received seven reports of dehumidifiers overheating, including four reports of fire within the units, with smoke damage to surrounding objects. The recalled dehumidifiers are white, with a red auto shut off button, and regulators for fan speed and humidity control. The dehumidifiers were manufactured between November 1998 and May 1999, and have the following brand names and model numbers: Goldstar DH2510, DH4010 and DH5010; General Electric AHG25LAG1, AHG40LAG1 and AHG50LAG1; Sears Kenmore 580.59600890 (60-pint model only).

Two Million Dehumidifiers With Well-Known Brand Names Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

  • Date: 8/4/2021

This recall involves 25-, 30-, 35-, 45-, 50-, 60-, 65-, 70-, and 74-pint dehumidifiers with the brand names including AeonAir, Amana, ArcticAire (Danby), Classic (Danby / Home Hardware Stores), Commercial Cool, Danby, Danby Designer, Danby Premiere, De'Longhi, Edgestar, Friedrich, Generations (Danby), Haier, Honeywell (JMATEK / AirTek), Idylis, Ivation, perfect aire, SuperClima, Whirlpool, and Whynter.

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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16 issues reported


  • Date: 6/10/2017

Dehumidifier was being operated under normal conditions when it exhibited some extra noise. When bucket was removed & filter was cleaned, consumers noticed discoloration of plastic indicating to them that dehumidifier had overheated.


  • Date: 12/31/2017

The consumer stated that the dehumidifier overheated and smelled of "electrical fire". Unplugging it stopped the smell and excessive heat before a fire broke out. The model number is not among those listed as recalled by the mfr.


  • Date: 7/28/2014

Dehumidifier started to smoke, so consumers unplugged it. They took it apart and thermostat wires were literally burnt off. Dehumidifier was recalled.


  • Date: 7/31/2015

Dehumidifier was running when consumer had shut it off. Unit was plugged in but power was not on & none of indicator lights were on. He pushed power button & smoke started emitting. There was electrical burning smell. He pulled out power cord & moved unit outside.


  • Date: 9/23/2016

Dehumidifier is connected to GEI & unit trips GFI about once daily, otherwise it operates normally. 65 YOM had similar incident with previous dehumidifier. When he plugged it into non-GFI protected outlet, it started fire. Fire went out when unit was unplugged.


  • Date: 10/4/2016

I have 2 dehumidifiers in my basement. These are setup to run based on the level of humidity in the based. I noticed one was running significantly more than the other one. I removed the bin to see if there was an issue with the hose, I found an area discolored & hot.


  • Date: 9/7/2017

Dehumidifier was being used in the basement of residential structure. FD was called for a possible structure fire, upon arrival found light smoke throughout the residence. Source of smoke was located at the dehumidifier with smoke coming from the unit.


  • Date: 9/12/2011

Dehumidifier was plugged into wall outlet on low setting in basement. Fire alarm went off alerting consumer there was fire. Consumer noticed that thick black smoke was billowing from front of dehumidifier. Basement was full of smoke & had strong plastic burning odor.

GE Profile Series 8HR50LNG1

  • Date: 7/5/2011

50 YOM concerned that his dehumidifier is a potential fire hazard. The back of dehumidifier gets really hot & the plastic is misshapen. The product gets hot "pretty quickly" after it is in use. It emits a plastic burning odor.


  • Date: 7/30/2016

The consumer, 47, stated that her dehumidifier stopped collecting water. They used to empty it twice a day and regularly cleaned the filter. But this time the bottom of it was so hot she had to remove her hand to avoid getting burned. There was smoke coming from the bottom.


  • Date: 10/3/2016

The consumer stated that out of 2 of these dehumidifiers in his basement, one was running significantly more than the other one. When he removed the bin, he found an area to be significantly discolored and hot (read above 200F). There was also a mild smell of plastic burning.


  • Date: 12/4/2016

Consumer's dehumidifier failed. Consumer smelled burning plastic. Dehumidifier showed 0% on display and was blowing hot air. It was unplugged and has not been used since. No one was hurt and there was no fire.


  • Date: 6/22/2017

Dehumidifier was plugged in and operating and caught fire internally. Burned oil and black soot is clearly visible on the unit and it emitted a foul, burning rubber smell. This fire endangered a 2 year old boy. No First Aid or Medical Attention Received.


  • Date: 9/26/2017

Consumer reports that the dehumidifier was in use when it produced a burning smell. Consumer's husband touched the back of the unit and it was hot. The water bucket was dry.


  • Date: 12/7/2018

The consumer stated that her spouse smelled an overwhelming odor and discovered that the dehumidifier had overheated and melted the motor housing. The manufacturer was contacted and she was informed that her unit was not part of the recall.


  • Date: 12/8/2019

When 56 YOM & 49 YOF woke up d/t dog scratching at door, house was filled with smoke however it wasn't enough to set off alarms. They could smell it & cough because of it. They realized that dehumidifier was problem. It wasn't working. 14 YOF was also involved in incident.

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