Frigidaire - 50-Pint Dehumidifier - White

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This Frigidaire FFAD5033R1 dehumidifier removes up to 50 pints of moisture from the air each day to help you and your family stay comfortable. The adjustable humidistat lets you find the best setting for you.
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Overview

What's Included


  • 50-Pint Dehumidifier
  • Installation hardware
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1149 out of 1183)

Energy Ratings


Features


Removes up to 50 pints of water from the air daily

To keep you and your family comfortable.

Adjustable humidistat

Allows you to choose your optimum comfort level.

Installation hardware included

For ease of use.


Customer rating

4.6
98%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No rattles!

    Posted
    KeithCharles
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My ten year old Gold Star 50 pint finally died and I went and I picked this one up. I really like it. Impressive fit and finish and NO rattles or buzzing. I set it on 40% and it will run until the room gets down to 35%, then the compressor will cycle off and the fan will continue to run for 3 minutes to dry out the evaporator coil and then it shuts down. When the humidistat reads 45% it will start up again. My only issue with this is that within 5 minutes after shutting down the humidistat will start reading the moisture within the machine and do a false restart. Only to shut back down a few minutes later. The solution is to have a small fan blowing on the humidistat on low, (it's under the air filter, top left corner). My Gold Star needed a fan blowing on it as well. In the continuous operating mode the fan is not needed. When the unit is idle and there is any water in the tank the humidistat will eventually read 70%, even if the room is only 45% to 50%. Burns a little over $30.00 a month in electricity if the compressor is always running. Modest heat output. It is putting 530 watts of heat into the air. On a rainy day it will keep up with 1400 sq. ft. with no support from the AC. The tank will fill every 20 hours if it's humid outside. Much nicer than the outgoing model (FAD 504 DWD). On this one the air flow is much more horizontal than vertical so I can't point the dehumidified stream of air where I need it to go. And they added a locking tab to the water bucket handle so it won't rattle. I have it outside my bedroom door with the fan on medium. With the exhaust pointed away from the bedroom. I can sleep with it running. A bit too loud on high though. The pitch of the fan and the compressor is constant so it does not draw attention to itself. I find it to be a pleasant white noise. I live on a slab so I don't know how it will sound on a wood floor. On low it's quiet. On medium it does not bother me unless the exhaust is pointed at me and I am sitting close to it. I reserve high for daylight hours when I can put some space between me and it. Once a month I put 2 tablespoons of clorox into the tank to keep slime from forming. I also bought the 70 pint and eventually returned it. It was quite a bit noisier when the humidity was high. They look like identical units. And they sounded the same the first ten minutes after a start up. But the longer they ran the louder the 70 pint would get. The 70 pint pulls an enormous amount of water out of the air compared to the 50 pint. I also added an external filter on top of the existing one. I see no easy way to open this up to clean the evaporator coil. I had to clean the Gold Stars coil once a year but it was poorly designed and let a lot of unfiltered air get inside the machine. The Frigidaire seems very tight by comparison. If it lasts I will be delighted. Reading the reviews on Amazon for the latest generation of Chinese built dehumidifiers was discouraging. High failure rates for every brand.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Dehumidifier

    Posted
    Floater
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My old dehumidifier (a Kenmore) finally gave out after about 13 years of reliable service. I reviewed many brands and finally settled on this one. The Frigidaires generally have very good reviews from the sites I looked at, so I was OK to go ahead and try this one. When I went to the store, I noticed that they had these newer versions in stock. Our basement gets very humid in summer, and there is one room in particular that has no windows or ventilation, so it is particularly humid and damp smelling. Our basement area that I dehumidify is around 900 sq. feet. When I first turned this on, the built-in humidistat registered over 80%. After a day or two it had taken it down to about 50%. I keep it at 55%, which works great so far. One thing to note about this unit is that IT DOES TURN COMPLETELY OFF when it reaches the desired humidity level (within a range actually). I read reviews about other ones, even Frigidaires, that do not turn off the fan, even after the desired humidity level is reached. Only the compressor turned off on those. Anyway, this one completely turns off and on which is good. I purchased the 70 pint version at first, but it consumes more power than I was comfortable with (1 HP) and the efficiency of this unit is the same as the larger unit, surprisingly. I returned it unopened and exchanged it for the middle size. We have a floor drain in the basement - I just used the included nozzle and a short piece of garden hose to drain. Very easy and I don't have to worry with emptying the bucket. No leaks or anything. One thing to note about this unit - the air blows out the right hand side of the unit not the front. This actually works well for my case, due to where our unit sits and the location of the most humid room (to the right). This may or may not matter to you, but be aware. I think the noise level is average. All humidifiers make noise, this one seems about like the rest. It's not like a freight train and it's not like a whisper either - but I want a dry basement. The controls are nice. Easy to read and bright. You can delay either start or turn off. I don't need this feature and haven't used it - but it's probably a plus if you need it. I've had this about two weeks now and it's running great so far. I would definitely purchase this brand/model again. I hope it will last - only time will tell.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don’t waste your time on this unit! Short lifespan

    Posted
    NJWill

    Don’t waste your time on this unit. Mine failed 11 months in and was only used during last summer. I called Frigidaire customer service and was told they do not repair this unit. They will not provide replacement through mail and will get back to me on how to get a replacement from a retailer without a receipt as it was a gift. Told me will have a place to exchange or buy back plan within 2 business days and to call back if I do not hear back after 3 days. That’s more than 2 weeks ago and ever since, I have been given the run around and one representative even told me she has a claim number for me that has been approved to go the Best Buy to get a replacement. Went to Best Buy and was denied a replacement. Called Frigidaire customer service in Best Buy store and was told previous representative misinformed me and that the claim is sent for reprocessing now and I will get a replacement notice in 2 days. Wonder how long before this is resolved.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      FrigidaireSupport

      Oh no NJWill! We apologize for any dissatisfaction you have experienced with your dehumidifier. We place a great deal of emphasis on quality control, there are occasions when even the best products may malfunction and we will be happy to relay your concerns to the proper channel. So that we are able to check on the status of your resolution, feel free to contact us at 1-888-203-1389 Monday-Friday 8am-8pm EST and Saturday 9am-6pm EST at your convenience.-Thanks!- Frigidaire

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Seems to be a good dehumidifier

    Posted
    Duckpond
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've been using dehumidifiers in my basement for over 30 years, and the last several have only lasted about 2 to 3 years before they stop gathering water. I haven't had a Frigidaire for some time, so I'm hoping this unit will have more longevity. I've had it for about a month and it's worked well to this point. To me, the pros are that it's quieter than others I've had. It has easy to use controls, a very obvious flashing horizontal light bar that notifies that it's full, and the bucket is not too difficult to remove and replace. I really like the flashing light bar, and the fan turns off until the bucket is emptied. The cons are that the bucket is awkward to dump. Past units I've had have an open top to the bucket. This one has a clear plastic cover on it with few openings through which to pour the water. I usually end up having some water wet my hand that's holding the handle. The intake is on the back of the unit and the exhaust is on the right side as you look at it from the front. That has made it awkward for me to place the unit. I have to keep it out in the open so those sides aren't restricted, which puts it in the way of movement in the area. I haven't used the hose option and probably won't, so I don't have any input on that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Medium-Sized Dehumidifier

    Posted
    JohnnyG
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this dehumidifier for my basement, which can get damp during rainy periods during the spring and summer. From other reviews, I noticed that some of these machines do not last long - maybe a year or two at best. I believe these short lifetimes are caused by frequent on/off cycling of the compressor. I suspect the problem may be that the humidistat is built into the machine, where the air becomes dried fastest. This causes the machine to shut off prematurely and then turn on again, etc. So, what I did was to buy a separate dehumidifier control, which I installed well away from the dehumidifier, with a long (heavy duty) extension cord connecting the two. I set the control to 42 percent and set the dehumidifier to "run constantly." This has greatly reduced power cycling in the dehumidifier and (hopefully) will extend its serivce life. As far as the machine itself is concerned, it is fairly quiet and works well. My only compaint is that it seems to have a really tough time drawing moisture from the air once the humidity gets down to about 42 percent. Otherwise, this seems to be a very good machine for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall Good Dehumidifier

    Posted
    BBDF
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Had 50 pint unit ~7 weeks – occasional use (also use a 70 pint downstairs daily). Clean design – easy, user-friendly controls. Seems to reduce humidity reasonably fast. Fan & Compressor are a bit noisy if used in room you’re in. Unit puts out heat which isn’t good during summer. Unit turns off and lets you know when bucket is full (if not using hose to drain). Removing splash guard to clean bucket occasionally is difficult. There are numerous different kinds of tabs and you get one side loose only to have it lock up when you work the other side while trying not to break them - poor design. Owners manual and Frigidaire cust serv couldn’t tell me the secret (remove handle first) but she went on YouTube and found out for me. Before emptying bucket, let unit sit turned off for several minutes or it may drip water while bucket is out. Overall I’m satisfied.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Pretty terrible product built to not last

    Posted
    SuhhDude
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Blows my mind the amount of good reviews for this unit unless they made their review immediately after purchase. My unit worked for almost 4 months then quit. Doesn't run for more then 5 minutes and gives a "F0" error and quits. It was still in in the 1 year manufacture warranty so I contacted Frigidaire customer service. After some basic troubleshooting the unit was deemed defected. They were at least pretty helpful. Returned my call after a few days with a confirmation code that I had to give to my local best buy and got an exchange for a new unit. My local Best Buy is a 1 hour drive away which was a hassle but the exchange went smooth. Since I got the same unit I went ahead a purchased an extended warranty for this unit because I have my doubts it will last.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      FrigidaireSupport

      I hate to hear about your dehumidifier experience, SuhhDude. However, I am glad that Warranty was able to resolve this hiccup for you. Please feel free to reconnect with us should you need additional assistance. Thank you, Courtney Frigidaire

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst experience ever with a return!

    Posted
    andre
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The dehumidifier is a great product. I own another one for about 4 months and it is a good investment. The bad thing is about the customer representative at a Best Buy store when trying to return this second dehumidifier received by mistake because I cancelled the order before shipping. I was treated like a was already convicted for a felony. I mean, seriously??? The guy began to ask things like why I did open the box. Also, that I shouldn't't try the product if I was to return it because he needed to resale it. That he found some water at the box's bottom, etc. In summary, a complete non sense, very rude and uncomfortable that I never had experienced before at a Best Buy store. I do not think he represents what that brand stands for but he was there, aggravating me and it happened for real. I hope it never happened again because it will be the last time I purchase from a Best Buy store again.

    I would recommend this to a friend






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