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We recently purchased a used Whirlpool Gold Accudry 50 pt dehumidifier for use in our basement. Model: AS50USR1, Seriel # QS2979612. Ever since we plugged it in, it has been running constantly and making the room quite warm. I have to empty the water collected several times a day, so it is doing it's job. However, the heat output concerned me. So, I looked online and saw that quite a few Whirlpool dehumidifiers that look the same and with almost the same seriel numbers (Q....) had been recalled for problems with overheating and fires. QS is not one of these numbers, but because it looks the same, I am concerned. I don't know anything about this unit and don't have access to a manual. Since it has not shut off, I don't know if it's humidistat is working properly. The basement walls, rugs, etc. could have quite a bit of moisture in them, which will take a while to remove and could explain why it never shuts off. This unit does collect the humidity o.k., but the heat it produces in the room concerns me. When you buy a used appliance, you're never sure if it's running properly. What do you think?

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  • bnlabel Aug 28, 2010

    The Whirlpool Gold dehumidifiers claim to be low heat producers, but this one heats up the whole basement. Are you sure it is performing properly - espeically that there is no danger of fire, as was true of other recalled Whirlpool dehumidifiers with similar seriel numbers?

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If the entire unit is getting severely hot then yes i would be concerned as well. Give whirlpool a call and ask them what is the operating temperature range. Im sure they would be glad to assist you or even tell you if you have one of the units that may be defective. If its not hot to the touch i wouldnt be to concerned though. As these units do get warm, but the entire unit shouldnt be burning warm. An from what im finding online these units really shouldnt be getting hot enough to heat your entire basement. Since the recall specifies units with Q i think this may be a unit under the recall. But there is only one way to know and that is to all whirpool specifically. If you need further assistance i will be glad to assist you. Just follow up with a comment and i will be glad to assist you further. Thanks, Midwest-tek

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Personally, I think you're OK. The heat output is normal ... only when you will notice excessive heat output you should consider replaing the unit with another one.

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