Kenmore Elite 70 Pint Dehumidifier

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We purchased this dehumidifier in the beginning of the summer to help dry out our basement. I have to give it two thumbs way up. It might be a good investment for someone looking into Water Damage or Mold Jobs on a budget, or just for your own home. I know it's probably not as good getting a bigger one (like Dri-eaz or similar) but it's well worth every penny for a fraction of the price. IMO. We bought the 5 year extended warranty all for about $400 after taxes. Not bad.
The reason why we got it was it has a built in pump and was ranked high in consumer report(July 2010). Some people were saying it wasn't all that great but I think it's a beast. I was nearly pulling out 2 five gallon buckets of water a day, every day and still am. Our basement was at like 85% humidity and this thing got it down to around 40%.

You can check it out here and get it at any Sears store.
http://www.sears.com:80/shc/s/p_101...al&sLevel=0&prop17=kenmore elite dehumidifier
 
Apr 7, 2009
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I'm pretty sure that everyone's thoughts are that this is a joke. No way a professional should bring a kenmore dehu into someones homes, let alone its limited drying capabilities.

Can you read? I said "might". Why would it matter what brand it is? Have you EVER had anyone ask you what brand your equipment is. Probably not. "If" I ever were to take this to a job I know none of my customers would question the brand as nobody ever has before. After a little more research, This thing actually pulls out more water than some of the more expensive "brands" per day. All I was saying is it works good for a fraction of the price. BTW on average every home in America has at least 1 Kenmore product in their home.
P.S. This is how you learn things. By reading. Thanks for the input though.
 

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When I started doing water damage restoration around 1980, I used Kenmore dehus. They did work as well as anything else then. Eventually, they came out with better equipment that could endure the shaking and rattling of being transported in a van on a daily basis and that worked in the high humidity and sometimes hot environments associated with a lot of water damage jobs. I discovered LGR units that continued to draw moisture from the air even as humidity got low, conditions that the Kenmores did not excel at.

So I was willing to spend $1800 for a good Phoenix or Dri-Eaz dehu instead of the $500 for a Kenmore.

But the Kenmores still wokred great at home for keeping the humidity down. In the normal home environment in a humid climate, they worked great. That is what they were designed for. I suspect that a few of the Kenmore units I purchased in 1980 may still be keeping a basement dry somewhere back in Tennessee.
 

PaulDavisBrunswickGeorgia

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Customer would not....adjuster who is probably footing the bill would and will not be amused by a residential piece of equipment, this type of dehumidifier will not create the grain depression needed for effective drying.

Like Scott said in the 1980s all dehumidifiers operated in this same type of range, this is 30 year old technology now being used on the residential level to maintain a comfort level in a potentially damp area. It in no way can compare to todays LGR dehumidifiers
 
Apr 7, 2009
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Chad Smith & Jennifer Fogleman
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Customer would not....adjuster who is probably footing the bill would and will not be amused by a residential piece of equipment, this type of dehumidifier will not create the grain depression needed for effective drying.

Like Scott said in the 1980s all dehumidifiers operated in this same type of range, this is 30 year old technology now being used on the residential level to maintain a comfort level in a potentially damp area. It in no way can compare to todays LGR dehumidifiers

Guess it depends on the adjuster you know. One I know wouldn't care, how do I know because I asked him. Haha
BTW I never used it outside my home and your comparing Watermelons to Peanuts. You could use this for SMALLER Jobs, and I will next time I get one. I'll keep you informed. Thanks
 

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Obviously you've made up your mind, but I think what these gentlemen are trying to say that the industry needs an across the board level of professionalism and a kenmoor aint it, as for your adjuster put him in a legal case i can promise you that what equipment you used will matter.
 

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My 2 cents,
"this is 30 year old technology" newer is newer but not always better. If two demumidifiers located in the same room at the same time both remove 70 pints, which is the better dehumidifier? Does it matter if one has a label on it that says "residential" and one has a label on it that says "commercial"? Is residential water worth less than comercial water in the drying process? "I discovered LGR units that continued to draw moisture from the air even as humidity got low"; question at RH<45% which would be a better choice for drying a dehumidifier or an airmover? Remove moisture form the air (dehumidifier)? Or increase evaporation (air mover)?
As Austin Powers would say "just for ****s and giggles" I looked up the Sears Item# 04250701000 | Model# 511101 Kemore 70 pint dehumidifier and it says it is AHAM certified. If Sears is using the AHAM tested water removal numbers in their claim that would make it equal to the "Evolution LGR"; both with 70 pints per day. Cost difference .....ouch! Any claims adjuster that would be "amused" by these figures can only be compared to a parrot.
 

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The AHAM test is done at 80F and 60%RH, which is fine for comparing two residential dehu's, which is what it was designed for. It doesn't really indicate how a unit will perform under low grain conditions, though. This is where I believe a commercial LGR would outperform the Kenmore, although they might start out equal at the beginning of the job.
 

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The Kenmore Elite is a poor choice and has little or no value on a professional water damage job. A side from removing some excess moisture from the air the Kenmore Elite has little in common with dehumidifiers that a professional would use. The adjuster you know should learn this. Otherwise he is doing a disservice to his insurance company.
When I purchase dehumidifiers for my business I look for dehumidifiers that:
Will pre cool the air before going over the evaporator to achieve the most grain depression in my drying chamber (LGR). This insures that (except for winter) my drying chamber has the lowest air pressure of any affected, non affected or outside vapor pressure. I know I will be pulling all moisture INTO my chamber.
A dehumidifier that adds energy (heat) lost to evaporative cooling.
A dehumidifier that processes enough air to meet my needs, at least 300 CFM.
A dehumidifier that can be adjustable, either manually or automatically, to direct air or slow air movement over the evaporator or condenser to help the dehumidifier reach dew point or below in temperatures over 85 degrees.
A dehumidifier that can dry in temperatures below 70 degrees without constantly going in to defrost mode.
A dehumidifier that has a good, replaceable, air filter on it. Not only for health reasons but to keep my coils clean and working at peak performance with little maintainance.
A dehumidifier that can pump water at least one story up and at least 50 feet horizontal.
A dehumidifier I can charge over $100 per day, per Xactimate and removes over 100 pints per day at AHAM.
A dehumidifier that can be lifited on and off the truck by one man and is easy to maneuver and is durable.
A dehumidifier that I can safely put on one 15 amp circuit with one or two air movers, < 13 amps total.
A dehumidifier that directs the outlet air flow at the floor were the water is.
A dehumidifier that can be easily worked on at my shop and has parts available.
AND
I want to pay between $1500 and $2500 (approximately) for each unit.
 

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Aside from removing excess moisure from the air, just what are dehumidifiers supposed to do? I thought that that was their only job.
You have a right to buy what you want I won't argue with that. I would REALLY like to sell you some dehumidifiers! Tnink about this: You are making coffe in two different style drip pots and the both make the coffee is one pot better because it costs more? Does the coffee made in the more expensive pot taste better because that pot has a clock on it?
 

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Who ever said adjusters know anything restoration? Most I know are only there to try and chop your bill sounds like you may be an adjusters best friend untill they have to re open a claim that you did.