GE Appliances has just issued a recall in cooperation with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) involving several models of its air-conditioning units as it poses a fire risk. To date, the appliance company has already received three reports of smoke and/or fire associated with some of its air-conditioning models, which resulted in as much as $30,000 in property damage. Nonetheless, there were no injuries reported from the said incidents.
The affected model is the GE Zoneline Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heating Units with model prefixes AZ40E09E, AZ41E07E, AZ41E09E, AZ41E12E, AZ41E15E, AZ61H07E, AZ61H09E, AZ61H12E and AZ61H15E as well as serial numbers that begin with AT, AV, AZ, DT, DV, DZ, FT, FV, FZ, GS, GT, GV, GZ, HT, HV, HZ, LT, LV, LZ, MT, MV, MZ, RT, RV, RZ, ST, SV, SZ, TT, TV, TZ, VS, VT, VV, VZ, ZS, ZT, ZV and ZZ. The said codes can be found printed on the air conditioners and heating units’ rating plate, which can be visible upon removing the front panel.
According to GE, there is a possibility for moisture to accumulate near the affected unit’s heater, thereby creating a ground path. When this happens and there are also two shorted electrical components, an electrical ground path and arcing can be created. This, in turn, may cause fire.
As a remedy, GE says that its authorized service technicians can replace the affected component so that any future fire risk can be eliminated. Moreover, the said repair will be done free of charge. Customers with affected units may call GE’s Recall Hotline toll-free at 866-723-2697 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Mondays to Fridays to make arrangements for a free service call. Meanwhile, GE does not recommend operating its PTAC units with the external vent open until the repair has been made.
According to GE, the affected units were sold nationwide between January 2010 and December 2013. The retail price ranged between $1,000 and $1,200.