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Over 180k thermostats recalled due to potential fire hazard!

 

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 could potentially cause serious fire damage.

How do you know if your thermostat is part of the recall?

Here is a description of the thermostat:
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’re unsure whether your thermostat is described above:

It is better to be safe than sorry… If you think your thermostat could be one of the models recalled, you can contact White-Rodgers directly or call your local licensed Heating and Cooling Company to come out and take a look.

How to fix it:

If you have one of the models that have been recalled, immediately pull the batteries from the thermostat and call White-Rodgers or your local licensed heating and cooling company for a FREE repair kit.

To read more about it please click on the below link for additional information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
http://www.cpsc.gov/en/recalls/2011/white-rodgers-recalls-home-heating-and-cooling-thermostats-due-to-fire-hazard/

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