Air Conditioning Manufacturers Issue Recall Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
A number of air conditioning manufacturers are recalling units after reports that the power cords can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards.
The recall includes about 233,500 Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pump ("PTAC") units. Goodman has received four reports of power cords smoking or catching on fire. No injuries, however, have been reported.
These units are most often installed in walls of hotels, motels, apartment buildings and commercial spaces.
Consumers should immediately unplug the units and call the appropriate number listed below to request a free replacement power cord. Non-commercial owners will receive free installation of the power cord and inspection of the PTAC control board for damages. If the control board has been damaged by the recalled power cord, non-commercial owners will also receive a free installation of a replacement control board.
Commercial owners are being contacted directly and will install the power cord and inspect the control board. If the control board has been damaged by the recalled power cord, Goodman will provide a new control board for commercial owners to install.
The units are rated 230/208 volt, 3.5 kW and are beige with serial numbers ranging from 0701009633 through 0804272329. The brand name is located on the unit's front cover. The serial number is located on the control board plate found by lifting the unit's front cover.
Units were sold by Goodman and heating and cooling equipment dealers nationwide from January 2007 through June 2008 for between $700 and $1,000.
For Amana, Goodman and York International-branded units, customers can call (800) 366-0339. For Comfort-Aire and Century-branded units customers can call toll-free at (877) 442-4482.
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