NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public AffairsWashington, DC 20207
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2009
Release #09-104Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 577-3960
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Rheem Recalls to Repair Oil-Fired Furnaces Due to Fire Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
**Name of Product: **Rheem, Ruud and United Refrigeration Oil-Fired Furnaces
**Units: **About 14,000
**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 & DescriptionROBFRheem Classic/Ruud Achiever High Efficiency Upflow Oil FurnaceROPFRheem Classic/Ruud Achiever High Efficiency Downflow/Horizontal Oil FurnaceTZOUPUnited Refrigeration “Thermal Zone” Upflow Oil FurnaceTZODHUnited Refrigeration “Thermal Zone” Downflow/ Horizontal Oil Furnace
**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.
**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
Location of Unit Rating Plate
Rating Plate with Model and Date Code