Frigidaire  70-Pint Dehumidifier, White  FAD704DUD

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Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier, White FAD704DUD

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The Frigidaire 70 Pint Dehumidifier is capable of continuous operation when the unit is located near a suitable drain. This white FAD704DUD dehumidifier features an easily accessible collection container with level indicator, a washable filter, and full-function electronic controls to remove both moisture and airborne particles. The dehumidifier features a full-bucket indicator and the system automatically shuts off when the bucket is full. Easy to maintain, just use the slide-out available at the bottom to remove the anti-microbial filter for cleaning. This Frigidaire white FAD704DUD 70-pint dehumidifier also has integrated casters that allow you to move the unit easily to wherever it is needed.

Frigidaire 70 Pint Dehumidifier:
  • Dual fan speeds
  • Low-temperature operation
  • Full bucket indicator
  • Auto shut-off
  • Digital humidity readout
  • Continuous drain operation option
  • Anti-microbial mesh filter
  • Slide-out bottom filter access
  • 1-year full and 5-years sealed system warranty
  • Measures: 16.08"L x 11.32"W x 24.65H
  • Model# FAD704DUD
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    Specifications

    Primary Color: White
    Multi Pack Indicator: No
    Battery Type: Does Not Contain a Battery
    Shipping Weight (in pounds): 20.78
    Product in Inches (L x W x H): 24.65 x 16.08 x 11.32
    Walmart No.: 550589750

    Customer Product Reviews

    Rated 4.5 out of 5★by 1139reviewers.
    Rated 4 out of 5★by Great except for flawed humidity control Many people use a dehumidifier in a basement, but I use it to prevent mildew in a Florida home. The humidity is nearly always high here, and mildew can form indoors in the winter when the A/C is not on. A dehumidifier this size does a pretty good job for the whole house if the central A/C fan is turned on to circulate air.NOISE: I have read various opinions about the noise level. It is quite a bit louder with high fan speed than with low. The capacity and efficiency (see below) are about the same with either speed, so low speed is a good choice for occupied rooms.My impression is that I definitely notice the noise, even on low fan speed, but it is not loud enough to disrupt conversation. The noise is mostly just from the flow of air, which is less annoying that the buzzing or rattling noises some dehumidifiers make.CONTINUOUS DRAIN: Some people have reported problems with using a garden hose for continuous draining. I think the problem is that the narrow fittings in some hoses create a “dam” that makes the water back up and spill over into the bucket. I put a garden hose “Y” adapter on the back of the dehumidifier and connected the hose to the side pointing downward. It drains perfectly into the hose with this arrangement. I did not need the manufacturer’s drain modification kit.The drain hose should have a continuous downward or horizontal slope. Otherwise bubbles can form in the hose and block the flow.AUTO-RESTART: This model will restart automatically after a power failure, so it is suitable for use in an unoccupied home.EFFICIENCY: Dehumidifiers use a lot of electricity. This model uses about 700 watts while it is running. In the continuous run mode, it will use 500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per month, which typically costs around $55.00. Electricity use will be less in the normal mode with the unit cycling on and off as needed.The Energy Star “Energy factor” rating for this model (from energystar.gov) is 1.8 liters per kWh. That means it will remove 1.8 liters of water from the air for each kilowatt-hour of electricity used. Higher numbers mean lower electricity costs. 1.8 is the lowest energy factor that will qualify for Energy Star approval and is fairly typical.As an engineer, I have the necessary equipment to test the energy factor myself. I was able to confirm the published Energy factor. At 80 degrees F and 60% relative humidity, I measured these energy factors:Low fan speed: Energy factor = 1.81High fan speed: Energy factor = 1.88CAPACITY: Capacity is a measure of how much moisture the dehumidifier can remove from the air per day. My measurements came close to the manufacturer’s rating. This model has about the same capacity on either low or high speed. At 80 degrees F and 60% relative humidity, I measured:Low fan speed: Capacity = 65 pints per dayHigh fan speed: Capacity = 68 pints per dayHUMIDITY CONTROL: I think this is the weakest feature and the reason I did not give this model 5 stars. You can set the unit to maintain a relative humidity anywhere between 35% and 85%. 60% is usually adequate to prevent mildew. Setting it lower will just use more electricity.Unfortunately, this model’s humidity sensor is apparently inside the case where it is affected by the wet cooling coils. This causes it to cycle on and off about every 10 minutes, even when the humidity in the room is lower than the point you set. After the fan shuts off, the dampness inside the case causes the unit to start again after 1 or 2 minutes. It then runs a few minutes, shuts off, and the cycle repeats. The constant on-off cycling wastes electricity and probably shortens the life of the dehumidifier, although these effects are hard to quantify.My solution is to set the dehumidifier in the continuous run mode and use an external dehumidistat (Honeywell H46C from Home Depot) to turn its AC power on or off as required. This prevents the constant on-off cycling and allows the dehumidifier to run only when it is actually needed.HEAT: Dehumidifiers put out a lot of heat. I definitely notice that it warms up the room. 10/29/2011
    Rated 5 out of 5★by great product As with my 30pt dehuminifier I bought this just in time for 14days in a row of rain , 20 plus ins. This one I keep in my front room right next to one of my floor speakers. Not only is this machine effecient but also VERY QUIET. It is within 4 ft. of my chair and I still have to mute my sound system in able to hear it running. During the rainy days it would fill up 2 times each day set at 45%. running on low and handling a 12 X 30 ft area. The heat factor is minimal. Plus it's Energy Star rated. 05/14/2011
    Rated 2 out of 5★by Good unit except Auto Shut-off is a problem This unit is quiet, has a slim profile, and works extremely well (that is the good news). I live in a humid environment so the unit extracts a full bucket of water each day. This unit would rate five stars if the auto-shut off was designed correctly. If you wait until the light comes on indicating the bucket is full, it is impossible to remove without spilling a significant amount of water on the floor. Since I have to remove it daily, this is a problem. My carpet and hardwood is taking a beating even though I wipe the spill up promptly. When I called the manufacturer, I was told that this is the way the product is designed. I have resorted to finding a fix on my own and have added Styrofoam to the bottom of the water indicator lever. This causes the indicator to rise faster than before, tripping the cut-off switch early enough to prevent the overfilling problem. You shouldn't have to re-engineer a brand new product. 06/30/2011
    Rated 4 out of 5★by better than the rest I just returned another dehumidifier that was horribly noisy (even on LOW) and NEVER got to the set humidity level (55) and NEVER shut off the very noisy fan. It was made by Gree who had just been involved in those massive recalls. This Frigidaire does the job fine. It took a few days to reach 55, which is expected. It is relatively quiet. I keep it on low. It does eventually shut off the fan and cycle as needed. My basement is new construction so I think it takes awhile to settle down and dryout.Oh and when I was shopping around and kept seeing the identical inferior dehumds at different places with different labels on them just like the one I had first gotten, a saleswoman suggested I check with a regular appliance dealer. I did and he told me he recommends the Frigidaire, but he was out of them -- wrong season. I had researched and found good reviews on the Frigidaire too. Happy to find it at Wally world with free shipping to boot. 10/27/2013
    Rated 5 out of 5★by Does the job Does its job well so needs to be emptied daily. Also, the area smells fresher and the doors to the rooms no longer stick!Nice handle to carry reservoir for emptying but a little tricky to pour accurately when full because of all the cover parts attached to the top.Noise of fan is not objectionable.Bought the extended warranty (2 extra years) as the lifespan of dehumidifiers seems to be limited based on reviews of ALL brands on line and this unit will be used 24/7. This replaces a 30 year old Kenmore unit that finally quit after being used on the east coast and on the west coast.Walmart delivered this item in record time ( I think 5 days) for a shipping cost that was less than the cost of the gasoline to drive to the store. I was impressed since it weighs about 50 pounds with all of its boxes. Requires two people to remove from box as it has to be lifted vertically. The alternate for one person is being very cautious with a case cutter to slice the box corners without cutting too deep. 07/13/2013
    Rated 4 out of 5★by Works well in 1200 sq ft daylight basement I owned an earlier model and it worked for 18 months before the sealed unit went out. The seal unit does have a 5 year warrantee but I found that it would still cost me up to $100 just get the seal unit checked out. I purchased the earlier model with my AMEX card which doubled the year warrantee to 2 years and AMEX credited my account for the full purchase price. THIS time I purchased the extended warrantee for $38 so I’m good for 5 years – mfg 1 year – extended 3 additional years – AMEX 1 additional year on the extended. The new unit is quieter. I use continuous drain to a condensate pump and have found that you have to have an air break in the tube or the back pressure will divert the water to the internal tank – easy to correct with some duct tape. This is important to me because the unit is at a second home and I need it to run unattended. 06/16/2011
    Rated 5 out of 5★by Works well and Very Quiet The 70 pint Fridgidaire dehumidifier has worked well from the start. It is quiet and easy to operate. The only problem is the continuous drain feature. The unit must be tipped back slightly for the water to drain out of the hose and not into the internal bucket. Other than this small inconvenience, I highly recommend this unit. 06/30/2011
    Rated 5 out of 5★by This is THE BEST dehumidifier on the market today Long story short: I bought and returned no less than THREE different dehumidifiers from various sources. They all had problems of one sort or another - one was INCREDIBLY loud, another didn't automatically restart after a power outage (important if it's to be left unattended).Finally I found this one. It's effective, automatically restarts following a power interruption, and it's surprisingly QUIET.Your search is over! 09/13/2011
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