Recall date: April 30, 2014
Recall number: 14-166
White-Rodgers recalls heating and cooling thermostats due to a potential defect with the alkaline battery setup.
Currently there have only been a few minor incidents due to the defect causing minor property damage, but if left unchecked it could potentially cause serious fire damage.
Thermostats Being Recalled
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.
If you are unsure if you have one of the recalled thermostats, it is better to be safe than sorry. If you think your thermostat could be one of the models, you can contact White-Rodgers directly, or call your local licensed Heating and Cooling Company to come out and take a look.
What You Should Do Next
If you have one of the models that have been recalled, immediately pull the batteries from the thermostat and call White-Rodgers or your locally licensed heating and cooling company for a FREE repair kit.
For more details and images of the affected thermostats, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.