GE Recalls Zoneline HVAC Units Due to Potential Fire Risk
If you have a certain GE brand heating unit, you could get a little more heat than you intended.
GE is voluntarily recalling its Zoneline Air Conditioners and Heating Units due to a fire risk. Moisture from outdoor air can accumulate near the unit's heater when the unit is operated with the vent door continuously open. This, along with two shorted electrical components, can create an electrical ground path and arcing, posing a risk of fire.
GE has received three reports involving smoke and/or fire associated with the unit's heater resulting in about $30,000 of property damage. No injuries have been reported.
The company is including about 33,500 units in its recall.
For a list of the serial numbers and model prefixes of the recalled units, see the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) release. The model and serial numbers are printed on the rating plate that can be seen after removing the front panel.
Consumers could purchase these products through GE authorized representatives and HVAC distributors nationwide from January 2010 through December 2013 for between $1,000 and $1,200.
Consumers should contact GE to schedule a free repair. Do not operate the unit with the external vent open while awaiting a free repair. Property maintenance personnel should remove the unit's front panel and locate the vent door control lever at the left side of the Zoneline unit to ensure the lever is in the closed position.
Owners with questions about the recall can contact GE at (866) 723-2697.