White-Rodgers Recalls Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats Due to Fire Hazard

The alkaline batteries used in the digital thermostat can leak onto the circuit board.

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: April 30, 2014
Recall number: 14-166
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Recall Summary

Name of product:

Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats

Hazard:

The alkaline batteries used in the thermostat can leak onto the circuit board posing a fire hazard.

Consumer Contact:

White-Rodgers toll-free at (888) 624-1901 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.white-rodgers.com and click on “White-Rodgers 1F8x-04xx Thermostat Recall” at the lower left corner of the homepage for more information.

Report an Incident Involving this Product

Recall Details

In conjunction with

http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2014/39279r-eng.php
Units

About 740,000 in the United States and 403,000 in Canada

Description

This recall involves four models of White-Rodgers digital thermostats. 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 blue lighted screen.

Incidents/Injuries

The firm has received seven reports of burn damage to the thermostat, including two involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy

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.

Sold at

Heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment manufacturers and distributors and at hardware retailers nationwide from January 2006 through December 2013 for about $30 to $70.

Distributor

White-Rodgers of St. Louis, Mo., a division of Emerson Climate Technologies.

Manufactured in

China

  • Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats

  • Only thermostats without a battery icon require action