RECALL: White-Rodgers thermostat recalled for fire hazard – RA-39279
May 5, 2014 - Health Canada is notifying the public of a recall involving four models of White-Rodgers digital thermostats, in which the alkaline batteries used in the thermostat can leak onto the circuit board posing a fire hazard.
By Alyssa Dalton
The thermostats are white with blue lighted screens and have one of the following names printed on the front of them: “COMFORTSENTRY,” “DICO,” “Emerson,” “Frigidaire,” “Maytag,” “Nutone,” “Partners Choice,” “Rheem,” “Ruud,” “Unico,” “Water Furnace,” “Westinghouse,” “White-Rodgers” or “Zonefirst.” The thermostats have a battery door on the top left corner. There are three or four buttons to the right and also below the thermostat screen.
Recalled thermostats do not show a battery icon on the left side of the screen and includes models 1F80-04xx, 1F83-04xx, 1F85-04xx and 1F86-04xx. The model numbers for the affected thermostats are shown on a sticker on the back of the thermostat or on the thermostat mounting plate. However, the battery door location and buttons allow the thermostats to be identified without having to remove the thermostat to check the model number sticker.
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In Canada, White-Rodgers has received four reports of burn damage, including one involving minor property damage. Meanwhile, Health Canada has received one consumer incident report of batteries damaging the unit. No injuries have been reported at this time.
The recalled thermostats were sold from January 2006 through December 2013 in Canada and the United States. About 403,000 were sold in Canada and about 740,000 were sold in the United States.
Consumers should check thermostats for battery icon on the left side of the blue lighted screen, if the battery icon is not shown, contact White-Rodgers to receive a free repair or a replacement thermostat. For more information, consumers can call White-Rodgers toll-free at 1-888-624-1901 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the Emerson White Technologies’ website.
Images courtesy Health Canada.