Ebac RM95 Dehumidifier Review


The Ebac RM95 Dehumidifier. A new water damage restoration model from Ebac, one of the best dehumidifier manufacturers in the business.


The Ebac RM95 is the second in what is now a two model range of roto-molded water damage restoration dehumidifiers from Ebac. The first model in that range, the RM65, is a relatively unsophisticated unit while the RM95 is not only more powerful but has significantly greater capability.


The most obvious difference is the water extraction rate of the RM95 which is around 30% higher. This is achieved by a unit that is only 1" taller and 2" deeper than the RM65, an increase in volume of only 14%.


The "penalty" for the extra power is a weight increase of 45%, to 118lbs, but the Ebac RM95 Dehumidifier remains lighter than some other models and should prove manageable both on site and when being transferred between locations.




A second critical difference is a substantial widening of the operating temperature range of the RM95 in comparison with the RM65. The larger model will operate effectively from a low of 32°F (0°C) up to 113°F (45°C), significantly increasing its flexibility and reducing "down time" on many restoration projects.


Another cost-saver is the RM95's "stackable" design which will allow operators to make more efficient use of costly storage space when units are not in use.


Other notable differences from the RM65 include a significantly lower noise level, just 52dB, and a lower power consumption, 860 watts for the Ebac RM95 Dehumidifier compared with 1080 watts for the RM65.


Unlike the RM65 the RM95 is not currently (Jan 2012) available for sale from third party retailers and may only be purchased from Ebac's online sales site. This no doubt explains why, to the best of my knowledge, mine is the only independent site to review the RM95 so far.


The web address (url) for the relevant page on the Ebac site is:

http://www.eipidirect.com/index.php/cleaning/restoration/medium/rm95/p_51.html


This link is for the convenience of our visitors. Our site has no commercial relationship of any kind with Ebac and will receive no payment, in cash or in kind, should you purchase directly from Ebac after following a link published here.


The current price for the Ebac RM95 is $1600 which is competitive in relation to prices quoted for equivalent models from other manufacturers.


Features

  • Suitable for use by a single operator
  • Durable roto-molded polyethylene housing
  • Stackable
  • Large wheels with semi-pneumatic shock absorbing tires
  • Handle for easy movement on site
  • Internal condensate pump
  • Purge function
  • 15' drain hose
  • Quick release hose coupling
  • Plugs into standard 115v power supply
  • Hose and power cable stowage to rear of unit
  • High efficiency rotary compressor
  • Electronic Expansion Valve Control (EECV) for optimum extraction in all operating conditions
  • Powerful Forward Curved Fan
  • 6.5" diameter dry air duct connection.
  • Effective low temperature operating capability using Ebac's "Reverse Cycle" defrost system
  • Hours run meter
  • Electronic controls
  • Washable air filter
  • Quiet operation

Ebac RM95 Dehumidifier Specifications

  • Model Number - 10530GR-US
  • Water Extraction Rate (AHAM) - 105 ppd
  • Height - 33"
  • Width - 20"
  • Depth - 21"
  • Weight - 118lbs.
  • Operating Temperature Range - 32°F (5°C) to 113°F (32°C)
  • Air-Flow Volume - 445 cfm (750 cu. m/hr)
  • Noise Output - 52 dB
  • Power Requirement - 7.5 Amps/110 Volts/860 Watts
  • Refrigerant - R410a

Manufacturer's Information


Ebac RM95 Brochure (PDF)


The manual for the RM95 is not currently available for down-load but a link will be added if and when this situation changes.


Applications


The Ebac RM95 is aimed squarely at water damage restoration specialists. This unit is not simply a more powerful version of the RM65 but complements it with additional capability to deal with a broader range of drying needs. Some operators may prefer the RM95 for its greater flexibility while others may want a mix of both models to achieve speedy and effective drying while keeping tight control of costs.


There are, of course, even more capable restoration models than the RM95 available in the market and restoration professionals will decide for themselves whether this model has a place in their "tool kit" of drying resources. At its present price of $1600 the RM95 represents good value for money and this factor will undoubtedly influence some decision makers in the restoration industry.


The RM95 is also suitable for a range of other uses by those commercial, industrial and public sector organizations which need to control humidity in demanding environments. Where the operating conditions are more moderate, however, its capabilities may be greater than those required.


Restoration dehumidifiers, particularly roto-molded models, are being sold increasingly for residential use, mainly in basements. For cooler basements the RM95 could certainly be considered as an alternative to a purpose designed basement model.


Anyone considering the RM95 will need to know the size of the area for which the RM95 is suitable. For commercial operators the key figure is the effective volume. As given by Ebac this is 12,360 cu.ft/350 cu.m.


To help residential users, who are more used to guidance in terms of total floor area, a unit of this power will be effective in a basement as large as 2,500 square feet.


My Recommendations


Despite the heading to this section I am going to reserve judgement on the RM95 until there is more user experience to draw upon. The Ebac RM95 Dehumidifier is new and untried and neither I nor anyone else can predict how well it will perform or how long it will last.


Based on Ebac's track record my expectations are high but even the best manufacturers occasionally produce a "lemon" and I have no intention of making myself a hostage to fortune! :)


Based on what we know the Ebac RM95 Dehumidifier seems to be a welcome addition to the range of water damage restoration dehumidifiers in the market, offering an attractive mix of capability and price which may win it a niche in the market.


For residential users my view is that, for any but the most extreme of conditions, it is "too much dehumidifier" for your needs. On the other hand it is as powerful as, for example, a Santa Fe Classic basement model and comparably priced.


The exceptionally low noise level of the RM95, 52dB, may make it appealing for some users when compared with the 62dB of the Santa Fe Classic.


I will finish by repeating that I cannot make a recommendation for or against this model for any application at this stage. I will return and update this review, and express a clear opinion, when there is sufficient user experience of the Ebac RM95 Dehumidifier to make a reliable judgement.



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