Recall: White-Rodgers Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats
On 2014-04-30, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding White-Rodgers Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats due to a potential fire hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2006 for about $30 to $70.
About 700,000 units are involved in this White-Rodgers thermostat recall. Instance(s) of property damage have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Thermostats category in 2014.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (888) 624-1901
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What is the problem?
The alkaline batteries used in the thermostat can leak onto the circuit board posing a fire hazard.
Instance(s) of property damage have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves four models of White-Rodgers digital thermostats. The thermostats are white with blue lighted screens and have one of the following names printed on the front of them:"COMFORTSENTRY," "DICO," "Emerson," "Frigidaire," "Maytag," "Nutone," "Partners Choice," "Rheem," "Ruud," "Unico," "Water Furnace," "Westinghouse," "White-Rodgers" or "Zonefirst." The thermostats have a battery door on the top left corner. There are three or four buttons to the right and also below the thermostat screen. Recalled thermostats do not show a battery icon on the left side of the blue lighted screen.
This product was also recalled in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2014/39279r-eng.php
These items were sold new+ at Heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment manufacturers and distributors and at hardware retailers nationwide from January 2006 through December 2013 for about $30 to $70.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should check thermostats for battery icon on the left side of the blue lighted screen, if the battery icon is not shown, contact White-Rodgers to receive a free repair or a replacement thermostat.
White-Rodgers toll-free at (888) 624-1901 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.white-rodgers.com and click on "White-Rodgers 1F8x-04xx Thermostat Recall" at the lower left corner of the homepage for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm has received seven reports of burn damage to the thermostat, including two involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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