Fire Hazard Due to Overheating Prompts Carrier and Bryant to Recall HVAC Heat Pumps

The capacitors in the fuse boards in the pumps may stop working, causing the unit to overheat

Fire Hazard Due to Overheating Prompts Carrier and Bryant to Recall HVAC Heat Pumps
Image: Consumer Product Safety Commission
May 12, 2017

Carrier and Bryant are recalling 23,300 HVAC heat pumps due to a fire hazard caused by overheating.

The capacitors in the fuse boards in the pumps may stop working, causing the unit to overheat and posing a risk of fire.

The affected products include two-, three-, four-, and five-ton heat pump units sold under the Carrier Greenspeed and Bryant Evolution Extreme brands. The affected Carrier model numbers include 25VNA024, 25VNA036, 25VNA048, and 25VNA060, and the affected Bryant model numbers are 280ANV024, 280ANV036, 280ANV048, and 280ANV060.

The model number may be found on the unit nameplate or rating plate, which is located on one side of the outside of the unit. On top of the Bryant unit, there is a label reading Bryant Evolution System.

The recalled units were sold at Sears stores and HVAC dealers across the U.S. from June 2011 until August 2016. They sold for between $12,000 and $18,000.

To date, Carrier has gotten 41 reports of heat pumps overheating, though no property damage, fires, or injuries have been reported. Consumers are encouraged to contact either Carrier or Bryant for instructions for getting a free replacement fuse board, which will be installed by authorized Carrier or Bryant technicians.

For more information, consumers can reach Carrier at (844) 864-8233 or Bryant at (800) 428-4326.