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Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier

Model: BHD-501-H | SKU: co1896
 
 
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  • Product Overview

    If you’re looking for a medium-capacity, low-temperature dehumidifier to combat excess moisture in your home or office, look no further than the Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier. An eco-friendly solution for lowering humidity in small- to medium-sized spaces, this Energy Star-compliant dehumidifier extracts more than 50 pints of water per day in temperatures down to 41 degrees Fahrenheit.


    This Comfort Aire dehumidifier includes a variety of bonus features such as a digital control panel, overflow shut-off protection, automatic defrost, a compressor time delay, and auto restart to make operation and maintenance simple and convenient. In addition, the Comfort-Aire 501 dehumidifier comes fully equipped with durable caster wheels, a reusable air filter, a drainage hose adapter, a condensation drain bucket, built-in handles, and a cord storage system.

    Control Damaging Humidity

    Humidity in your home or office—the result of excess moisture in the air—can lead to musty odors, mold, mildew, and even structural damage. The result is a harmful indoor environment that can cause discomfort and trigger allergy symptoms. When excessive moisture is your problem, an effective residential dehumidifier is the answer. The BHD-501-H is the best dehumidifier for those who:

    • Want to combat excessive moisture in the air

    • Need to eliminate a musty smell from a room or basement

    • Have a small- to medium-size area that needs to be dehumidified, but is constantly cool

    • Want a preventative measure in place to avoid mold or mildew problems

    User-Friendly Digital Display

    This Comfort-Aire dehumidifier comes loaded with a digital control panel and straightforward touch-buttons. These easy-to-use controls, located on top of the dehumidifier for easy accessibility, make operating the unit effortless. With the simple press of a button you can program your portable dehumidifier for continuous operation, switch to a higher fan speed, set the programmable timer, and adjust the settings to your ideal humidity level. In addition, the digital control pad always displays an accurate humidity level in your space within a range of 30 percent relative humidity (RH) to 90 percent RH.

    Intuitive Safety Features

    Nothing says convenience like automatic enhancements that practically do the work for you. Intelligently designed with the capability to operate independently, these safety features function to protect you and your home and to help extend the life of your BHD-501-H dehumidifier:


    Auto Defrost
    Frost can begin to build up on the evaporator coils of your dehumidifier when operating in low temperatures. This can eventually damage the dehumidifier. However, Comfort-Aire’s auto defrost feature cycles the compressor on and off and runs the fan until the frost disappears, shielding the dehumidifier from potential damage.

    Indicator Lights
    LED indicator lights—including a check-filter indicator, which illuminates when it’s time to clean the filter; and a bucket-full indicator, which notifies you when the condensate drainage bucket is full—ensure that your Comfort-Aire dehumidifier is performing in optimum efficiency.

    Auto Shut-Off
    When water fills the condensate container, an indicator light on the electronic panel will signal that the bucket is full. The dehumidifier will shut off automatically and resume operation when the bucket is emptied.

    3-Minute Compressor Time Delay
    To protect the compressor, a 3-minute delay prevents the dehumidifier from starting prematurely. During a time delay, the dehumidifier cannot restart within the first 3 minutes after it has stopped. This function also protects your compressor from being abruptly stopped, which may cause internal damage. The BHD-501-H dehumidifier only stops immediately due to frost buildup, a full condensate bucket, or power failure.

    Auto Restart
    In the event that a power outage occurs in your home or office, the auto restart feature will automatically resume the dehumidifier’s operation. Once the power is restored, the dehumidifier will restart in the last setting used.

    Alternative Drainage Solutions

    During the dehumidification process, excess water that accumulates is either collected in the Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H’s convenient front-loading water bucket or can be automatically emptied using a drainage hose (not included). To remove the excess water manually, use the built-in carrying handle to lift the bucket and simply empty the water when the bucket-full indicator light glows. To set up continuous drainage, attach a drainage hose to the dehumidifier using the included adapter. You can often use a standard garden hose or a dehumidifier drainage hose that can be purchased inexpensively from home improvement stores. This allows you to continuously drain collected water into a convenient location, such as a nearby drain.

    If water needs to be pumped up vertically for removal, such as when the system is placed in a basement, the Comfort Aire BHD-501-H can also be used with an optional condensate pump. Easy to install, the condensate pump accessory (sold separately) provides up to 15 feet of vertical lift and comes with 20 feet of flexible drainage tubing.

    Additional Highlights

    • Energy Efficient: Comfort-Aire produces Energy Star-Rated dehumidifiers that solve the humidity problem in your home without creating pollution or consuming excess energy.

    • Handy Design: Weighing less than 40 pounds, this low-temperature dehumidifier has rotating caster wheels and side-grip handles, giving you the option to remove excess moisture in multiple rooms.

    • Washable Filter: The BHD-501-H contains a side-mounted, slide-out air filter that can be easily removed, cleaned, and reused to minimize the amount of airborne debris and pollutants that enter your dehumidifier and your space.

    • Quiet Operation: The turbo fan on this residential dehumidifier has two fan speed settings – high and normal—that effectively push air in and out of the air grilles with little noise.

    • Environmentally Friendly Refrigerant: This portable dehumidifier uses R-410A refrigerant, a non-ozone-depleting refrigerant.

    Manufacturer's Warranty

    1 Year on Unit, 5 Years on Sealed System

    Manufacturer's Literature

    Owner's Manual for Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier.
    Owner's Manual for Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier.

    What's In The Box?

    • Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier
    • Casters
    • Drainage Hose Adapter
    • Condensation Bucket
    • Owner's Manual
  • Specifications

    Height24.5 in.
    Width15.5 in.
    Depth12.625 in.
    Weight39 lbs.
    ControlsElectronic
    Voltage110-120 V
    Energy StarYes
    Residential UseSingle Room
    Manufacturer-Stated Capacity50 pints
    Manufacturer-Suggested Room Size575 sq. ft.
    Practical Room Size800 sq. ft.
    Water ContainerYes
    Water Container Capacity21 pints
    Full Bucket Indicator/Auto ShutoffYes
    Internal Condensate PumpNo
    Continuous Drain CapableYes
    Drain Hose IncludedNo
    HumidistatYes
    Low Temperature Operation (41 degrees F and Under)Yes
    Automatic DefrostYes
    Fan OperationRuns Continuously
    Number of Fan Speeds2
    Number of Filters1
    Filter TypeWashable slide-out filter
    Auto Restart On Power FailureYes
    DuctableNo
    Refrigerant TypeR-410A
    CastersYes
    Maximum Amperage5.6 Amps
    AHAM-VerifiedNo
    Safety CertificationsUL
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    Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier
     
    3.5

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 3 Stars

       

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            • Homeowner (3)

          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          Great Dehumidifier

          I bought the Comfort-Aire BHD-501-G Dehumidifier for my basement because my new roommate said his sofa pillows and sheets felt damp and there was a musty smell in some areas. Even though...Read complete review

          I bought the Comfort-Aire BHD-501-G Dehumidifier for my basement because my new roommate said his sofa pillows and sheets felt damp and there was a musty smell in some areas. Even though we live in Colorado, we'd been having a lot of rain and the humidity was much higher than usual. After reading a lot of glowing reviews and making sure the unit included a humidity readout and control setting, I ordered the Comfort-Aire from Sylvane. They had the best price and free shipping.

          I was very pleased to find that it works as well as I'd read in the reviews. It was shipped quickly and arrived in excellent condition. It was easy to set up and within two hours the humidity had gone from 75% to 60%. My roommate stopped in and was quite pleased at how dry and warm the basement felt and how much better it smelled already. A few hours later the humidity was down to 52%. The bucket was filled and emptied three or four times within the first 24 hours. The basement is about 900 square feet and this little unit can cover large areas. We moved it from room to room at the beginning and now it runs for a few hours every day on the lower speed with the humidity set at 45%. Everything stays dry and warm and the musty smell is gone. The bucket holds a lot and only has to be emptied once a day. The only recommendation that I would make is for a spout or better pouring edge on the bucket so it's easier to empty without making a mess. Also, it does increase the basement temperature quite a bit, but my roommate much prefers warm and dry to cold and damp so it's not a problem.

          I am very happy with this product and glad I bought the smaller unit because it's been getting the job done. I would definitely recommend it.

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          Most Liked Negative Review

           

          Don't waste your money

          The dehumidifier lasted less than 2 years. Tech support referred me to one of their repair facilities. The repair facility charged me $35 to check it and then told me I shouldn't have wasted...Read complete review

          The dehumidifier lasted less than 2 years. Tech support referred me to one of their repair facilities. The repair facility charged me $35 to check it and then told me I shouldn't have wasted my time bringing it in. Their opinion of tech support was very low. These units have been known for their breakdowns

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          1.0

          Comfort-Aire Dehumidifier DON'T BUY

          By Keith

          from Silver Spring, MD

          About Me Homeowner

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

          • Ineffective Water Removal

          Best Uses

          • Basement

          Comments about Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier:

          Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier only worked for 2 years. This was a $200 unit and I purchased two. I contacted the company and was told to have the unit assessed and then re-contact the company to see IF they would replace the unit. I am required to take the unit to a repair shop and have the assessment done at my own expense. The Customer Service representative was rude and condescending. Both units have died. Don't purchase this unit.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Will give you two good years

          By Kent

          from Hartland VT

          About Me Homeowner

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Effective
          • Energy Efficient

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Dank Basement

            Comments about Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier:

            I bought a BHD-501 July 2009 from Sylvane and suspect it died last Summer, but I verified its death July 1, 2013. No chill on the coils whatsoever. I am assuming a coolant leak. Given the "fix versus replace" option I am going with replace. Giving the Frigidaire FAD504DWD a try.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Reservoir flimsy and hard empty..

            By Dave

            from Canton, MI

            About Me Homeowner

            Pros

            • Bucket handle is nice
            • Compact
            • Effective
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Awkward Water Pan
            • Hard to removereplace
            • Poor bucket removal

            Best Uses

            • Summer Humidity
            • Use in basement

            Comments about Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier:

            My only problem with this unit is that it has a very poor water bucket (capacity is fine but it is Very flimsy to remove/replace...).

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Poorly Made Product

            By MARGARET THOMPSON

            from USA

            Comments about Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier:

            In the four years we have own a Comfort-Aire we have had three units. IT froze up and we returned it to a authorized dealer. He said that it was a manufacturing problem. It is a poorly made product and should be avoided at all cost. Are there any dehumidifiers made in America? I am going to hunt for one.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Not Bad.

            By Val

            from USA

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier:

            It will do the job, however the hose attachment will leak if not tightly secured. Leaking from the hose connection for automatic draining was seen. The hose connection is not as user friendly as the Soleus AIR 70 pint.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Comfort-Aire BHD-501-G Dehumidifier

            By Ed Buford

            from USA

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier:

            The BHD-501-G Dehumidifier which we purchased is actually being used in an industrial environment. The dehumidifier is being used to reduce the moisture in a welding supply room where minimum humidity is critical. Within 30 minutes of installation the humidity had decreased dramatically. The Comfort-Aire BHD-501-G id doing a wonderful job.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Pleased

            By Valerie Scott

            from USA

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier:

            This is easy to use but the use of the hose attachment needs improvement.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            BHD-501-G

            By Carolyn Ruby

            from USA

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier:

            We placed the dehumidifier in our damp basement. It worked continuously for 3 days and then switched to intermittant mode. We were surprised and pleased with the amount of water removed from the air. We are happy with the product and so is our dog who likes to sleep in the cool basement.

             
            5.0

            Great product

            By Arnie

            from USA

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier:

            We purchased this dehumidifier because it has an auto defrost. In the past we had trouble with freezing up as this is in a basement. This is our second Comfort-Aire. The first is 3 years old and running great. We are very pleased with this product.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Comfort-Aire Dehumidifier BHD-501-G

            By Kathryn J

            from USA

            Comments about Comfort-Aire BHD-501-H Dehumidifier:

            Although we have had this dehumidifier for only two weeks or so, we must say that so far, it has performed admirably. We have it placed on the lower level of our bi-level home, which can become damp, especially during the humid days of summer. The dehumidifier is keeping the level comfortable at 50% humidity, where we have it set. It operates much more quietly than our previous dehumidifier - a plus, since we spend much of our time on this level. The collection bin is a bit cumbersome to handle, but it is not impossible to master the emptying process. There is warm air that is emitted while the unit is working, but this has been our experience with all dehumidifiers, so we feel we can't complain. In the winter, this might be a plus!

            Our experience with Sylvane has been entirely positive. We needed to deal with a representative on the phone, and he was extremely courteous and helpful. The unit arrived in perfect condition and even a day earlier than we had expected. Kudos to Sylvane.

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