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Santa Fe Advance 2 Dehumidifier Customer Reviews

 
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Santa Fe Advance 2 Dehumidifier
 
4.7

(based on 91 reviews)

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    (75)

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    (13)

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    (0)

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    (1)

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    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (30)
  • Quiet (25)
  • Energy efficient (18)
  • Compact (14)
  • Lightweight (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Summer humidity (17)
    • Dank basement (10)
    • Crawl space (9)
    • Basement (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Homeowner (36), Avid do-it-yourselfer (6), Professional (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (40)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Look no further!

    We live in a 1500 sq. foot rancher with a large crawl space in Louisa Co. Va. Our crawl was moist to begin with when we moved in 2 yrs. ago and we...Read complete review

    We live in a 1500 sq. foot rancher with a large crawl space in Louisa Co. Va. Our crawl was moist to begin with when we moved in 2 yrs. ago and we had to have it treated for mold, as the house was vacant for quite a while.

    The original vapor barrier did not cover the entire dirt floor AND our HVAC ductwork and handling unit is located in our crawl which was sweating constantly, causing not only moisture condensate but our insulation was falling as well. After trying to put down more 10mil vapor barrier, even taping it to the walls and sealing up the vents, we still had moisture issues.

    We purchased a 70 pint Danby home dehumidifier as our neighbor told us they had the same problem and a little unit took care of their crawl just fine. However, not so for us. It worked well in the beginning, but ran constantly, had no humidistat, so we had to go under the house often to check on things and our electric bill went up $50-$75 a month!!!

    We had gutters put on the house last year, thinking that would help and it didn't do as much as it needed to. There is no evidence of any standing water or leaks and our home sits on a slope-you would think a humid crawl wouldn't be such an issue. But, we have a very clay soil here in Louisa, and it does hold moisture well. So, this year we decided after much deliberation and comparing different dehumidifier brands to go ahead and spend the money on something that we could set and forget it, with an incredible reputation for longevity and reliablility.

    We found that doing it ourselves was much more affordable then having a moisture company come in and provide us with crawlspace encapsulation and deumidifier- thousands less! Came UPS Freight-WONDERFUL COMPANY-prompt, professional delivery within the week of purchase-Shipping was FREE! Set up couldn't be easier. Here is how we did it- My wife and I placed the Santa Fe on concrete pavers we bought at Lowe's over our existing vapor barrier with 2ft clearance over top from the floor joists to the machine and leveled it with the bubble level provided on the machine.

    Then, we slid the clear tubing provided, onto the barb nipple at the machine and secured it with an automotive hose clamp so it wouldn't leak. We bought a 2nd PVC barb nipple 5/8 inch to slide the clear tubing over at the end again securing it with a clamp and of course used PVC glue to attach that to 3/4" PVC pipe. We chiseled out a hole through the foundation block, which took some time, but well worth it, and ran the pvc thru that, down the slope of our natural yard grade to a small gravel pit to facillitate drainage.

    We buried the pvc underground with the tip just out over the rock so we can see it draining. The machine was plugged into our 110 outlet and set it @ 45% for now to get the moisture under control. Took about 10 minutes before we started to see water come out through the tubing. It has ran all day and we anticipate it to keep going until it gets the humidity level under control(78% at start). Noise is not an issue-we cannot hear it in the house at all. The crawl is noticeably warmer and drier already!(My wife is thrilled!)

    Wish the power cord was a little longer and the clear tubing as well, but that is all that we can say negative about this wonderful machine. Like I said, we have spent a good amount of time looking at all the brands on the market and this by far was the best bang for our hard earned dollars. Can't wait to see how the doors close up in the house and how the crawl feels and smells over the next week. Go ahead and spend the money now and save yourself the hassle of a smaller, less efficient unit. With what we have spent on electricity over the past year for the home unit in which the fan had run pretty much all the time, we could have had 50% of the cost saved up. Live and learn I guess.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Bad investment

    Worked fine for a year and a half until it developed a leak and lost it's Freon. Tried to get the manufacturer to repair per 5 year warranty and was unsuccessful.

    Worked fine for a year and a half until it developed a leak and lost it's Freon. Tried to get the manufacturer to repair per 5 year warranty and was unsuccessful.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ease of Set-Up a Pleasant Surprise

    By carolegth

    from Columbia, MD

    About Me Homeowner, Retired

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy Assembly
    • Effective
    • Energy Efficient
    • Lightweight
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dank Basement

      Comments about Santa Fe Advance 2 Dehumidifier:

      Very easy to set up. The controls are clearly marked and simple to use. Noise level is reasonable. It has made quite a difference. It does the job.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy again, nice design and quiet

      By Tom

      from Williamsburgs, VA

      About Me Homeowner, Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Effective
      • Lightweight
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Crawlspace
      • Summer Humidity

      Comments about Santa Fe Advance 2 Dehumidifier:

      Crawlspace
      Quiet
      No complaints

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Think twice

      By Two Dogs

      from Huntsville, al

      About Me Homeowner

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Effective

      Cons

      • Doesn't Last

      Best Uses

      • Dank Basement

      Comments about Santa Fe Advance 2 Dehumidifier:

      Worked perfectly until it stopped working completely after 1 1/2 years. Can't get anyone to touch it. No repair network-your on your own. Can send it back truck freight to manufacturer in Wisconsin. Can't believe it failed so soon. Huge expensive mistake.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      4.0

      Happy with my purchase

      By Tony

      from Asheville, NC

      About Me Handyman, Homeowner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Effective
      • Energy Efficient
      • Reasonably Quiet

      Cons

      • Not Enough Height Adjust

      Best Uses

      • Dank Basement

      Comments about Santa Fe Advance 2 Dehumidifier:

      Only needs to run for a few hours a day to keep my 2500 sq ft basement at 50% RH.
      I use it with a timer so it only runs during the times I am on cheap rate electricity.
      It has to be raised up on blocks by about an inch in order to attach the drain pump as shown in the instructions.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Santa Fe Advance works well

      By Consumer

      from PA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Santa Fe Advance 2 Dehumidifier:

            Santa Fe Advance dehumidifier works well in our basement. We've had it for 6 months. One adjustment we had to make was that it did have a loud vibrating noise when we first turned it on. However, we were able to adjust the screws on the plastic casing so the casing was no longer in contact with a vibrating internal componenet, thereby eliminating the vibration noise.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            5.0

            excellenent product

            By pretendpup

            from Mt Pleasant, MI

            About Me Homeowner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Effective
            • Energy Efficient
            • Lightweight
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dank Basement
              • Summer Humidity

              Comments about Santa Fe Advance 2 Dehumidifier:

              keeps a large basement at 45% without working very hard at all.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good product so far. Only six month old

              By Dick

              from Mooresville nc

              About Me Homeowner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Effective
              • Energy Efficient
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Dank Basement
                • Summer Humidity

                Comments about Santa Fe Advance 2 Dehumidifier:

                Use in crawl space so far seems to be doings good job

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Works well!

                By Skippy

                from Mound City, Kansas

                About Me Homeowner, Professional

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Effective
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Expensive And Loud

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Santa Fe Advance 2 Dehumidifier:

                  I had 72% humidity in my crawlspace and hardwood floors were starting to cup. After alot of research, I came across this Santa Fe advance that had good reviews and decided to try one. The humidity was reduced in a 1600 sq. foot crawlspace by about 3 percent per day until it reached 50% RH and then began to cycle. Now six months later, the dehumidifier turns on once or twice per day and all is well. The sub floor dried out and the hardwood floor now creaks but cupping has gone down considerably....and may flatten out more as time goes on. I would reccomend covering the gravel floor in the crawlspace along with sealing all vents tight, it keeps the humidity down so the unit doesnt run constantly. I would reccomend this unit to anyone with crawlspace issues, it worked great for us.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Product

                  By Josh Bloom

                  from Peachtree City, GA

                  About Me Homeowner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Effective
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • Drain Hose Too Short
                  • No Water Pump

                  Best Uses

                  • Crawl space
                  • Summer Humidity

                  Comments about Santa Fe Advance 2 Dehumidifier:

                  Excellent product. I was going to buy a smaller model but I spent the extra few hundred bucks to upgrade to this unit and very pleased that I did.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Basement Dehumidifier

                  By Scotia Breeze

                  from Nova Scotia

                  About Me Homeowner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Effective

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Santa Fe Advance 2 Dehumidifier:

                      I use this to keep my basement from getting to humid during the summer months. The Danby consumer grade dehumidifier i had wasn't able to do the job but this thing had no problems. Although it is very efficient compared to the danby I had isn't the most efficient dehumidifier from Santa Fe. IF efficience is a big deal for you look at some their other models.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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