A dehumidifier is an invaluable tool to have all year round but especially during the upcoming scorching summer months. Dehumidifiers work by suctioning in large quantities of air and condensing moisture particles which then fall into a trap bucket.
The result is mug-free, breathable, comfortable air in your living room, bedroom, or whatever space you place the appliance in.
Today, we’re going to check out the relatively tiny Frigidaire FFAD3033R1 in terms of its 30-pint moisture removal rate. Is this a bad thing? Not at all! But how does it work? Read our full review to assess whether the FFAD3033R1’s performance and convenience is right for you.
30-PPD Moisture Removal Rate
As we mentioned earlier, 30 pints of moisture removal per day may seem like a small quantity, especially if you’re living near the equator in the summer. If you’re in need of a beast of a dehumidifier, we’ll let you know off the bat that the FFAD3033R1 isn’t for you. For everyone else, 30 PPD of moisture removal may suffice in most conditions.
Efficiency-wise, the FFAD3033R1 is able to remove the maximum amount of moisture just as quickly as larger models—sometimes even quicker.
A test run shows that this dehumidifier can drop relative humidity (RH) levels from 90% down to about 50% in under 20 minutes in 50-square-foot rooms.
The FFAD3033R1 is made for rooms as large as 1,500 square feet, but dehumidifying efficiency decreases in more spacious areas.
35 to 85% Configurable Humidity Range
Whether you prefer an extremely dry 35% RH or a super-damp 85% RH, the FFAD3033R1 has got your back. On the control panel, users can adjust the dehumidifier to trigger the kill switch as soon as the RH level of a room reaches a certain point.
Indeed, it’s a handy feature for those who have a preferred RH setting or those who need to avoid excessively moist rooms, but how accurate is the FFAD3033R1’s hygrometer?
Hygrometer Reading Accuracy
This is an area where the FFAD3033R1 has led to some issues with customers. The FFAD3033R1’s hygrometer—a built-in humidity gauge—is typically off by up to +5% of actual RH. If we’re being honest, most people won’t notice the difference between 45 and 50% RH, but for customers who are hyper-sensitive to humidity changes, this can be problematic.
When setting your desired RH percentage, be sure to set it at least 5% lower than you’d like.
7.6-pint Tank Capacity
The size of the water tank is probably the most frustrating part of the FFAD3033R1. This dehumidifier is designed to condense up to 30 pints of moisture per day, but its tank can only hold up to 7.6 pints of water at any given time.
When the tank almost reaches capacity, the unit will automatically turn off to prevent spilling, but this also means having to empty the tank more than twice per day (assuming 24/7 operations). You could go through the hassle of babysitting the FFAD3033R1, or you could make use of the continuous drain port.
Side Continuous Drain Port
The FFAD3033R1 comes with a drain port on the side to allow condensed moisture water vapor to exit the machine without stopping by the teeny-tiny water tank. This will completely remove the headache (and muscle-ache) of having to empty the tank manually. Unfortunately, the FFAD3033R1 does not come with its own drain hose, but a standard garden hose connects to the port.
Here’s something we wish came standard in all dehumidifiers regardless of size. The FFAD3033R1 comes with an auto-defrosting mode to ensure the chilled coils are not covered by ice crystals that can impair dehumidification. When the unit senses that its coils are blanked in ice, it will stop all operations and begin the defrosting process.
This handy feature makes the FFAD3033R1 operable in temperatures as low as 41°F.
The FFAD3033R1 is a lot more compact than most 50- and 70-PPD models due to its limited moisture removal capacity so rolling the unit from room to room with its caster wheels is easy. Plus, the dry-weight of the FFAD3033R1 is only 34 pounds, making transporting the unit up and down stairs a simple, one-person-only task.Related Frigidaire Dehumidifier Articles
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Verdict: Should I Get the Frigidaire FFAD3033R1 30-Pint Dehumidifier?
Once again, we should warn you that the Frigidaire FFAD3033R1 can only remove up to 30 pints of water vapor every 24 hours, so if you live in a particularly humid part of the world, perhaps a larger dehumidifier (such as the Frigidaire FGAC7044U1) would be more appropriate.
However, as a 30-PPD model, it’s one of the most efficient dehumidifiers in terms of time and moisture removal, and it’s portable to boot. Our only complaint is the tiny water tank (only 7.6 pints!), but the continuous drain port solves this problem.