Mechanical & Plumbing
RECALL: Carrier PTACs and PTHPs due to fire hazard Dec 2015
December 22, 2015 (Updated April 6, 2016) - According to the U.S. CPSC, Carrier is recalling roughly 285,000 packaged terminal air-conditioners (PTACs) and packaged terminal heat pumps (PTHPs) sold under the Bryant, Carrier and Fast brand names because the power cord plug can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
By Anthony Capkun
Carrier has received reports of around 47 incidents of overheating. Two of the reported incidents involved hotel fires. One of the reported fires involved a consumer suffering burns and smoke inhalation. The other incidents involved scorched or melted cord heads or wall outlets with no injuries reported.
About 185,000 of these units were recalled back in November 2007. Recalled units include those with original power cords and those that received a supplemental power cord as part of the 2007 recall.
The recalled units have capacities of 7000 btu, 9000 btu, 12,000 btu and 15,000 btu, and plug into 208V/230V, 20A outlets. The following brands and eight models are being recalled:
• Carrier 52CE, 52CQ, 52PE and 52PQ
• Bryant models 840 and 841
• Fast models 840 and 841
Model and serial numbers are located on the ratings/data plate on the right front of the unit, underneath the removable front panel.
Visit ptac.recall.carrier.com to enter your serial number and determine whether you are affected by this recall.
The units were sold at HVAC dealers and factory-direct sales in Canada and the States from January 2002 through December 2009 for between $425 and $675.
According to Health Canada, approximately 9,444 units were sold in Canada.
They were manufactured in Mexico.
Consumers should stop using and unplug the recalled units, and contact Carrier to receive a free replacement cord. Visit the recall website to check your serial number. There is also a phone number to call for additional help.
— Photo courtesy CPSC