Sunpentown 70-Pint Dehumidifier with Built-in Pump, White, SU-72PE

Walmart # 552221551

Sunpentown 70-Pint Dehumidifier with Built-in Pump, White, SU-72PE

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  • ENERGY STAR-qualified
  • Empty water 3 ways
  • 2 fan settings
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  • ENERGY STAR-qualified
  • Empty water 3 ways
  • 2 fan settings
  • Customer Reviews
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    Dehumidifier, great for damp basement

    I'm very pleased with this product so far. Unlike many other dehumidifiers, the unit completely shuts down when desired humidity level is reached. At least in theory, as I've not had it long enough to verify. I returned two other different brand dehumidifiers as the fans ran continuously even after condenser stopped. It is quieter than the two I replaced and is bringing the humidity level down quickly in my basement. I have no floor drain, so the built in pump discharges water into a nearby laundry tub. Also of note, it was packaged extremely well and was easy to unpack and set up. My only concern is that it wasn't manufactured in the USA. However, I wasn't able to find an American brand that met my criteria.

    Very good choice

    Was looking to replace an old noisy Kenmore dehumidifier for our cottage by the lake. Wanted one that was not only quiet, but also one that the fan shut off when the correct humidity was achieved, had a good reservoir capacity and also a pump so that I could have the option to use that when we are away for extended periods and not have to worry about having to empty it. This unit does everything I wanted and exceeded my expectations!! In addition I saw some other reviews saying the humidity sensor was not accurate but mine is spot on. I honestly don't feel I could have spent more money and found one that could be any better than this unit.

    Good Product - Bad User Guide

    I was about to return this product. The bucket was overflowing when it should have been pumped out. After a few attempts to getting the pump feature to work (reviewing the user guide many times), I turned the unit over to discover that (1) there is a snorkel-like device that must be lowered into the bucket for the pump to work, and (2) there also was a float snapped in place (instead of floating) that would switch the unit off when the bucket filled up. It now is working properly. The user guide did not have detailed instructions with photos or diagrams for these critical items.

    Trouble at first...

    Originally it leaked when hooked up to the pump. I called the company and wasted about an hour with them, and they were complete unhelpful and didn't know what they were doing. I fiddled around with the machine little bit more and stuck the drainage pipe in further until I heard a click; apparently it wasn't in all th way the first time. After that the machine works perfectly. No complaints so far works as advertised seems like good value

    Works well...have one concern

    Works really well. Bin is a little hard to put back in, but that's fine. What I don't like about it is the bin has to be full in order for the pump to work. It works fine, but I don't like this as the bin is always full of water. Concern is that it will get mold at some point.



    Working very well!

    I read a lot of reviews and did some research before I bought this product. Apparently it’s important for refrigeration type products to be upright for at least one day before operating so all the fluids and lubricants can settle properly. I let it sit for two days upright before I turned it on. I read this online it is not in the instructions for this unit. My house is located in Georgia and is built over a crawl space that is ventilated to the outside and has insulation overhead. A firm that specializes in moisture control inspected the crawl space and recommended several expensive renovations. Since I did not have any standing water or visible moisture problems, I just purchased the dehumidifier and have been operating it for one week. The temperature was about 72 deg with 75% relative humidity before using the dehumidifier. After a week it is now about 80 deg with 50% relative humidity. The unit runs a lot and produces some heat. We have had a lot of rain, and it has been very hot and humid outside (90+ deg with up to 97% humidity}. The unit has a built in pump that works like a champ. I put the hose into a bucket outside so I could monitor the amount of condensation produced, and it is pumping out approximately 6.5 to 8 gallons of condensation per day. Eight gallons is 64 pints. My crawl space is 1615 square feet and about 3.5 feet high. It has some plastic down that covers about 90% of the dirt floor, it does not run up the sides of the crawl space walls. I was only able to close two of the 9 vents to the outside because of paint and dirt. I plan to close them all off as soon as possible. The directions aren't very good but the unit is not that complicated to operate. It has a built in timer that apparently will shut the unit down for a period of time that you set. I haven’t used the timer. The controls for the unit are on top and that makes it a little difficult to use in my crawl space. I have to tip it slightly to set it. Before buying the unit, I purchased a remote temperature/humidity sensor. There is about a 5% difference in the readings between the dehumidifier and the separate humidity sensor. At first it didn't seem to be able to keep the humidity down. I changed the setting on the dehumidifier from 55% to 45% and it keeps the humidity at 50% where I want it on the remote sensor upstairs which is more convenient to read and check.
    Plug in and it works. Just be sure the water filter tube is upright and you won’t have a problem closing the drawer. Only had it a week now. Have drained the container a few times now. So I know it is working.

    So far it's better than most brands I've tried

    My basement is wet. As a result I seem to go through a lot of dehumidifiers and am becoming too much of an expert from what I'd like. I've tried just about every brand there is. Some were good, some were terrible. This unit's ability to self-defrost and it's quiet operation are it's two main features. This one has only been in place a couple of weeks now but so far seems to be doing a very nice job of NOT freezing up. That makes it worth the purchase right there. Most of the others claim they'll work down to some temperature much cooler than my basement but instead they turn to a block of ice and stop working. This one self-defrosts when it starts to ice up. Very nice. I didn't need the pump but I hooked it up anyway just to see what that was like. Unfortunately I couldn't get it to work. The pump would make noise but I was never able to get it to actually pump water. I went back to my normal gravity flow drain with a hose. The hose connection is a somewhat flimsy as it must slide over a tube inside, and it slides back off pretty easily. The second day it was running I found a puddle of water around the unit. So far I've been unable to determine where that water is coming from so I'm not sure if it's the flimsy hose connection or something else. Will investigate further. Unit is pleasantly quiet. That's one of my favorite features. The air blows out the side, and not the top. Not sure it matters, but it's different. I sort of like it actually. I'm confident I'll find where the water was leaking from. Once found I'll be satisfied with this unit. None-the-less, I did purchase the Walmart warranty because as I said at the beginning, I've become an expert at dehumidifiers and so far none of them have lasted 3 years. I don't usually suggest extended warranties, but with a dehumidifier I think it's a huge mistake not to buy one.

    Time will tell

    This is the third dehumidifier I have purchased, the first one stopped working in just under a year and I put it on freecycle as it didn't pay to fix, parts only covered. The second one is still working fine. This one was purchased for one of my rental properties, and has only been working for less than a month, but works great. The 2 key features are that the fan and unit shuts down when the humidity level is achieved and, it has a pump feature witch automatically pumps the water into a sink. Do yourself a favor and buy the 3 year extended warranty for $36 bucks, as these things don't seem to last long.
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