Recall of Canadian Made VENMAR HRV

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, today announced a voluntary recall of 75000 units of VENMAR Heat Recovery Ventilators manufactured by Venmar Ventilation Inc., of Quebec, Canada
The motors in these units can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Venmar Ventilation has received four reports of ventilator motors overheating resulting in fires causing extensive property damage. One incident in Michigan reportedly resulted in about $1 million in damages.
The recall covers units made from 1991 through 2001, and have the following brand names and model numbers:
Venmar: AEXX, EARC, 1XX, 30X, 40X, 40XXX
Venmar: AVS 1.X, 2.X, 30XX, 55XX
Flair: 30, 30XX, 55, 55XX, 85115
Vane: 10, 1XX, 100X, 20, 20XX, 30XX, 90
Conformax: 300, 350, 400
NuTone: NUTR130
Payne Day & Night: VXXXXXXXXX
York: 5263554XXXX
Sears Brand: OPTIMUM
Guardian by Broan: 100X, 200X
Rheem, Ruud, Protech, Weatherking: 84-ERV100, 84-ERV200, 84-HRV100,
The model numbers are written on a silver or black label on the outside of panel. The “X” digit used in the model numbers can be either a letter or a number. Heating, plumbing and building supply distributors nationwide sold these units from January 1991 through December 2001 for between $700 and $2,500. Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug their ventilators, and contact Venmar to receive instructions on how to participate in the recall. Venmar will provide a free safety device that will shut off the ventilator if the motor overheats.
For more information, contact Venmar Ventilation toll-free at (866) 441-4645 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

Nalliah Thayabharan
Markham ON

I recently inquired about my vemar flair compact unit MODEL #43300 , serial# 7C00930901036 with the main fan motor not rotating unless you move it manually to get it started. Oiled the shaft and it went for awhile. You send me the safety device to plug into the wall but the motor is still binding and very noisey…sounds like a big liability for you if my house burns down! The motor should be replaced !