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Frigidaire - 70-Pint Dehumidifier - White

Frigidaire FAD704DWD 70-Pint Dehumidifier: Help protect your home from mold, mildew and bacteria by removing excess moisture from the air. This unit's portable design with caster wheels and handles makes it easy to move from room to room.
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • 70-Pint Dehumidifier
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (427 out of 447)

    Energy Ratings


    Features


    Removes up to 70 pints of water per day

    Reduces moisture in the air to maintain an ideal relative humidity level.

    Digital display and electronic controls

    Offer easy operation.

    Two fan speeds

    Allow you to adjust the fan to high or low. A higher speed removes moisture more quickly.

    Auto shut off

    Turns the unit off when the water tank is almost full.

    Washable antibacterial mesh filter

    Reduces bacteria and enables easy maintenance. The filter indicator light illuminates when the filter needs to be cleaned.

    Low temperature operation

    Allows the unit to function in temperatures as low as 41° F.

    Bucket full indicator light

    Notifies you when the water tank needs to be emptied.

    Front-loading bucket

    Carrying handle and splash guard simplify emptying.

    24-hour on/off timer

    Enables you to delay start or delay stop the unit which can help to reduce energy consumption.

    ENERGY STAR Certified

    Uses less energy than non-certified models and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 447 reviews

    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      TYPICAL DEHUMIDIFIER AT THIS PRICE POINT

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

      So Far, So Good. I've owned this for approximately 2 months and have used it once every few days, running it till the bucket became full. I use it in a finished basement that also has an A/C unit so I haven't needed to rely only on this unit. It has done it's job as would be expected. I find it noisy, even on low, but seems to be just as noisy as other units I have owned. I do have to say that this is by far the best looking dehumidifier I've seen. A much more modern take on your "Dad's old dehumidifier". I agree 100 percent that you MUST purchase an extended warranty. The previous dehumidifier I purchased (GE from a big-box store) at around the same price point died on me after 2 years. I had not purchased an extended warranty so I lost out. I do tend to move the unit around from room to room in the basement, and I also store it when the weather allows. Not sure if this makes a difference or not. I am on my second unit as the first one I purchased, and had shipped to the store, was damaged. The top of the basket was cracked. Had the warranty so it wasn't a problem. Geeks had to order me a new one, took about a week, since they had none in the store. Overall this seems to be a good unit and seems to be functioning well. Also keep in mind that while 46 pounds doesn't seem too bad its in an awkward shape. It comes in a large box and most of the weight is toward the bottom where the compressor is and you don't want to bang it around (like going up stairs) as you could damage it. I do believe the warranty is very important and will most likely be purchasing warranties from now on whenever I purchase electronics. Seems like times are changing and things are being produced at a high volume, at a high rate, and as cheaply as possible. You may want to check your unit thoroughly before leaving the store as it is rather heavy and a pain to lug back and forth if need be. BESTBUY was great when I informed them of the damage. They saw I had purchased the warranty and asked me what I would like to do. Even offering to replace the unit with something they had available in stock.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      product looks good but "service" was misleading

      Posted
      waterwalker

      Reviews on Best Buy online convinced me that an extended warranty was needed because several customers had machines stop working soon after one year. The salesman in the Best Buy store did not have the 70 pt dehumidifier on hand, so he told me to buy it online and bring in the paperwork to get the extended warranty. The website made it appear that I was buying the machine from Best Buy, but when I brought in my paperwork I was told that this was bought from a 3rd party and could not get an extended warranty! "Just like Amazon" the Geek said! I do not want the machine without the extended warranty, so I'm told to return it -- which means shipping cost and a restocking fee! Best Buy will do nothing to correct their mistake, or deliberate misinformation. I have wasted a lot of time, theirs and mine, going through phone trees. The 3rd party has been much more responsive, but Best Buy has been a complete stonewall. Neither the store manager nor 888-Best-Buy will correct their mistake. I will now seek an extended warranty from the Chinese manufacturer, since the 3rd party store does not provide it. I will correct my mistakes, and stop wasting time, by no longer buying from Best Buy.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The dehumidifier that surpasses all reviews!

      Posted
      Stlkat
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I read many reviews before I purchased the Frigidair dehumidifier. I'm a bit skeptical of reviews, because I am a very harsh critic. I expect the absolute best, when a review states that the product is the BEST available. I was not let down. The Frigidair dehumidifier is everything the reviews said and more! It does a great job extracting the humidity from the air. It has a display that gauges the humidity of the room. Set it for the desired humidity of the room and walk away. Much to my surprise it quickly reached the percentage of humidity I set it for. The Frigidair runs until it reaches the set humidity and shuts off. I don't have a hose attached to it yet, so when it reached capacity it automatically shut off. There is a large catch tray, that's more like a drawer and it holds every bit of what it is rated. When I went to empty it I was shocked at how heavy it was, but that's my fault, I didn't do the math before I emptied it. So I don't allow it to reach full capacity anymore. There is a clear window with a red float on the front of the catch tray, allowing you to see how much water is in there before you empty it. The Frigidair dehumidifier is louder than reported in the reviews, but it is located in an all but empty basement, nothing to absorb the sound. I hoped it would make a difference in the smell and air quality and again the Frigidair surpassed any expectations. There is absolutely no musty smell, not a hint! This dehumidifier allows you store any material item, from clothes to furniture without worrying that they will stink when you want to use them. Worth every penny!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Effective and Quiet

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

      Dehumidifier replaced 5 year old LG that worked fine while it was alive, but then stopped dehumidifying (I think maybe coolant had leaked as compressor still seemed to work). Anyway, it was cheaper to replace than repair. So... after reading some reviews, mostly positive, I went for the Frigidaire - 70-Pint Dehumidifier. It rolled easily into place. The drain hose I attached by screwing onto a side port was much easier to install than the LG system that installed from the back by sliding over a difficult to find interior port. Then started it up. After a while, I thought maybe I had gotten a lemon because it was so quiet. I could hear the fan but wasn't sure the condenser was running. So I adjusted the humidity setting above the room humidity and sure enough, there was a little shudder and it got even quieter! Readjust setting down again and again it shuddered ever so slightly as the condenser restarted. Old LG unit made noise like a diesel truck from day one so I thought that all dehumidifiers were like that. But not the Frigidaire. As indicated in the manual, takes 3 or 4 days to initially get room down to set humidity, but that is normal for all dehumidifiers. Change filter light does come on every few weeks and the filter is not very dirty, as others have noted. Maybe cleaning that frequently helps efficiency, or maybe the light just works on a timer that is set too short. You can easily clean filter, or ignore light for a while as you wish. I got the extended warranty, which I almost never do, but dehumidifiers are notorious for dying after a couple of years and repairs, if you can find a place in the same time zone that does it, are more than half the cost of a new unit.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Worked for only a few months, warranty worthless

      Posted
      Motomama
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      We keep the dehumidifier in our musty basement/garage, and keep it on all the time set to about 65% humidity. This one worked great for the first few months. Just before winter, we noticed that it wasn't collecting any water, so we turned it off, thinking it was too cold to collect water. Now, it's damp again with high temps, and there is not one drop of water being collected. It hasn't even been one year, and this thing isn't working! Calling the warranty number gets you NO WHERE. You cannot reach a human, and ultimately leaves us with an email address. Well, it's been several days since we sent the email, and have gotten no response. I've read other reviews that lead me to believe that Frigidaire will not be able to service this problem, as it is probably part of the sealed compressor, which is unrepairable and not covered under the warranty. I've read that they offer a 50% discount off a new model. Really? I will. NEVER buy anything from this company again. Now I am going to best buy with this issue, since they sold me a product that broke before the one year mark.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      RETURNED AFTER 10 DAYS

      Posted
      MFC65

      I bought this model based on its ratings and customer reviews. I returned it because the humidistat on the unit was off by 10-15 points according to the new humidity monitor that I purchased and the older ones I already had. It ran constantly and never seemed to reach the modest humidity goal of 50%. I have an 800 sq ft basement area with some cobblestone walls (house built in 1875). It is very important that I am able to count on my humidifier operating properly and accurately. Disappointing as I found the unit to be quieter than most and easy to attach a hose for continuous drainage. I also found Frigidaire customer service to be nonexistant. Tried calling two numbers and could not reach a live person. Emailed as their website suggested (also said I should expect a response in 48 hrs) and it took 12 days to receive a reply. Thank goodness I bought this at Best Buy and there were no hassles with the return (must be done within 15 days of purchase/pickup). The employee serving the return desk said that he had other models returned with the same complaints.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Works well and is quiet

      Posted
      mineshaft19047
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      My old unit was so loud, I heard it blaring throughout the entire house when it started up. I set this one up, and it immediately looked a million better. I attached a short garden hose and drip it directly into my sump pit. Punched a few buttons and it started to run. I noticed it ran long, almost never stopping. Was not sure what the numbers were indicating. Read the brief manual, all questions are answered therein. So I changed to the (louder, but still not nearly as loud as the old clunker I used to have) higher fan level, and bumped up the humidity target to 60, and now it runs less frequently. Higher fan speed is, of course, more effective, therefore it dries out quicker. When I'm spending time in the basement, I simply turn it to the lower speed, or temporarily turn it off, so it won't bother me. The air there is 20 times better than what is was. No more musty basement!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Feature-full and frustrating

      Posted
      applictic
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Good-looking range-oven. Very flexible burner and oven options for many tasks. Everything worked as advertised in the instructions. My complaints are with the cooktop and controls. The shiny black top (even on the "white" unit) shows every spill and mark. Requires frequent use of special glass-top cleanser if you want it looking sharp, so it's a good thing it is flat and easy to clean. Caution: when using a smaller inner ring up front, burning heat still spreads to the glass over the outer ring! The oven seems to take a long time to heat up, despite excellent insulation. After six months of use I still have to consciously check a control knob that I turned a burner ring on correctly. The knobs for front rings turn left or right depending whether you want an inner or outer ring. The inner rings turn left from high to low, while the rear single rings turn left from low to high. Worst, the indicator marks on knobs are small and practically invisible in certain lights, and not tactile. Timers are sometimes tiresome to set precisely, juggling up and down buttons to home in on exact higher minute, or to adjust time while in use.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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