A.O. Smith Recalls John Wood Brand Oil-Fired Water Heaters Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

The combustion chamber can be misaligned and heat the exterior walls of the water heater instead of the water.

Recall date: June 02, 2015
Recall number: 15-155
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  • John Wood brand model JW517 50 gallon oil-fired water heater

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    John Wood brand model JW517 50 gallon oil-fired water heater

  • John Wood brand model JW717 70 gallon oil-fired water heater

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    John Wood brand model JW717 70 gallon oil-fired water heater

  • Rating plate with model, size and serial number

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    Rating plate with model, size and serial number

Recall Summary

Name of product:

John Wood oil-fired water heaters

Hazard:

The water heater’s combustion chamber can be misaligned and heat the exterior walls of the water heater instead of the water. Combustible material near the outside of the water heater can catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards.

Consumer Contact:

A.O. Smith toll free at (866) 880-4661 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.johnwoodwaterheaters.com and click on Recall Notices for more information.

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Recall Details

Units

About 250

Description

This recall involves John Wood brand 50 and 70 gallon oil-fired water heaters. The 50 gallon water heaters have model number JW517 and serial numbers from 1349A021678 through 1503A016643. The 70 gallon water heaters have model number JW717 and serial numbers from 1421M001517 through 436M000040. The water heaters are gray with “John Wood” printed in blue and white near the top.  The model number, size and serial numbers are printed on the rating plate near the top of the tank. Only oil-fired water heaters are included in this recall.

Incidents/Injuries

None reported

Remedy

Consumers should immediately turn off and stop using the recalled water heaters and contact A.O. Smith for a free inspection and free replacement of misaligned water heaters.

Sold at

John Wood sales representatives to plumbers and consumers from January 2014 through March 2015 for about $1,500 to $2,500.

Manufacturer(s)

A.O. Smith Corp., of Milwaukee, Wis.

Manufactured in

United States

  • John Wood brand model JW517 50 gallon oil-fired water heater

  • John Wood brand model JW717 70 gallon oil-fired water heater

  • Rating plate with model, size and serial number