Dehumidifier Lifetime z z
We moved into our newly built house more than 12 years ago. It has a large poured concrete basement. We purchased a dehumidifier to lower the humidity in the summer months. We have replaced this humidifier by sending it to the county landfill 8 times in the 12 year period. Most of the time we had 2 dehumidifiers running at a time so the lifetime is more than 2 years even though the failure rate is less than 2 years. However, I am planting 1 dehumidifier in the landfill every 1.5 years and they are not a perennial but an annual.
Without fail I have explored more than one repair facility at every failure and I was told, with out fail, that it is much less expensive to replace than repair.
It would seem to me that dumping 8 dehumidifiers in the landfill has a worse impact on the environment than recharging the coolant gas. Perhaps there is some compromise legislation which would ban dumping large quantities of dehumidifiers into the landfills and requiring the manufacturers of dehumidifiers to make it easy to replace the coolant gas.
After all, I have already dumped my load into the atmosphere when the dehumidifier has failed. I can't believe that dumping the rest into the landfill somehow balances out. Perhaps the air quality brand of the EPA needs to interact with the water quality branch of the EPA. If they would like I could give them an address and phone number for each.