Burn, Fire Hazard Leads to Expanded HVAC Unit Recall from Goodman

Goodman Brand Room Air Conditioner (RAC)
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February 17, 2016

Goodman Company is expanding a recall for products that pose a threat to consumers.

The HVAC manufacturer is recalling its Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pumps (PTAC) and Room Air Conditioners (RAC) due the power cord's tendency to overheat, posing burn and fire hazards.

The recall involves Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International-branded units. The PTAC units are most often installed through the walls of hotels, motels, apartment buildings and commercial spaces to provide room climate control. The RAC units are installed through the walls or windows of the same types of properties.

The items are beige and have serial numbers ranging from 0701009633 through 0804272329 with the brand name located on the unit's front cover. The serial number is located on the label found by lifting the front cover of PTAC units, or the grille of RAC units. Additionally, any PTAC and RAC units that have a beige power cord labeled with a four-digit date code in the MMYY format and ending in 06 or 07, or ranging from 0108 through 1808 are included in this recall.

About 5,300 units are included in this announcement, adding to the 233,500 recalled in August 2014.

These products were sold by Goodman and heating and cooling equipment dealers nationwide from January 2007 through June 2008 for between $700 and $1,000.

Goodman has received about 10 reports of PTACs catching on fire, four of which involved property damage.

Consumers should immediately stop using and unplug the air conditioning and heating units and call the number listed for your brand to request a free replacement power cord.

Customers with questions can contact Amana, Goodman and York International at (800) 366-0339 and Comfort-Aire and Century at (877) 442-4482.

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