January 22, 2009
Rheem Recalls Oil-Fired Furnaces Due to Fire Hazard
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.
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|
Sold by: Contractors nationwide to consumers from January 2006 through December 2008 as part of installed systems for between $1,500 and $10,000.
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 http://www.oilfurnacerecall.com/