USCPSC Issues Safety Recall For Rheem Furnace

USCPSC Issues Safety Recall For Rheem Furnace

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Rheem Manufacturing has issued a recall of an oil-fired furnace which is sold under three different names.

Rheem Manufacturing has issued a recall of an oil-fired furnace which is sold under three different names.

It is a fact of life that things can go wrong with a consumer product, so much so that a recall of that item might be necessary. Thanks to the work of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), we’re alerted to these recalls, some of which involve home items, a topic we cover regularly here on SayEducate.com.

One of the latest recalls issued by the USCPSC involves repairs needed to select Rheem oil-fired furnaces. Approximately fourteen thousand units are involved in this recall and the following information will help you determine if your unit is included and what you can do to get it repaired.

Manufacturer: Air Conditioning Division of Rheem Manufacturing Co., of Fort Smith, Ark.

Hazard: If the furnace is not properly wired, the oil burner can continue to operate when the blower shuts off, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Rheem has received one report in which the furnace was incorrectly wired. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: This recall involves oil-fired furnaces sold under the Rheem, Ruud and United Refrigeration brands. Only the models beginning with the model numbers listed in the chart below and with date codes ending in 0106 through 5206, 0107 through 5207, or 0108 through 4808 are included in this recall. The model number and date code (designated by the four digits following an “M” in the middle of the serial number) are printed on the unit’s rating plate, which is on the left wall of the furnace’s interior just above the burner. The rating plate can be found by opening the unit’s burner access door, which has slotted openings.

  Model #  Brand & Description

  ROBF     Rheem Classic/Ruud Achiever High Efficiency Upflow Oil Furnace
  ROPF     Rheem Classic/Ruud Achiever High Efficiency Downflow/Horizontal
           Oil Furnace
  TZOUP    United Refrigeration "Thermal Zone" Upflow Oil Furnace
  TZODH    United Refrigeration "Thermal Zone" Downflow/Horizontal Oil
           Furnace
Location of Unit Rating Plate.

Location of Unit Rating Plate.

Sold by: Contractors nationwide to consumers from January 2006 through December 2008 as part of installed systems for between $1,500 and $10,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact the contractor who installed the oil furnace to arrange for a free inspection and repair, if necessary.

Rating Plate with Model and Date Code

Rating Plate with Model and Date Code

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Rheem at (800) 577-3960 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.rheemac.com.

From time to time SayEducate.com will share related recall information with our readers. A new category, Product Recalls, has been established to help you find which home related products we’ve included.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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