The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Trane, today announced a voluntary recall of about 37,000 of Trane and American Standard brand accessory electric heaters because overheating of the wiring in the accessory heater may lead to wall thermostat fires.
There have been four reports of thermostat fires. Two of the fires resulted in several thousand dollars in property damage. No injuries have been reported. However ,the CPSC notes that consumers should stop using the heaters, which are manufactured by American Standard Companies (Piscataway, NJ, U.S.) immediately unless otherwise instructed.
The 240-V accessory heaters are used to provide supplemental heat in the heat pump or electric heating system. The accessory heater—model number BAYHTR1415BRKAC manufactured between April 14, 2003 and February 6, 2004—is located inside the air handler cabinet usually found in the basement, attic, equipment closet or crawlspace of a consumer's home.
The horizontally or vertically installed air handler is a painted metal cabinet with the Trane or American Standard name plate on its front. Air handler model numbers are found on the outside of the air handler door.
Consumers with one of the recalled units are being directly contacted by the independent dealer who installed it.
Consumers who have not yet been contacted by independent dealers and had a heat pump or electric heating system installed between April 2003 and February 2004 should immediately contact their installer to determine if they have a recalled unit. Consumers may arrange for a free inspection and repair through their installer.
Consumers may call Trane at 888/556-0125 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m Central Time Monday through Friday.
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