GE air conditioners and heaters recalled for repairs

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 14, 2011 3:13 PM
GE air conditioners and heaters recalled for repairs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Around 90,600 General Electric Zoneline air conditioners and heaters have been voluntarily recalled due to a fire hazard, the government said on Tuesday.

An electrical component in the heating system can fail, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.

There have been four reports of incidents involving smoke or fire, two of which resulted in property damage.

The recall includes GE packaged terminal air conditioners (PTAC) and packaged terminal heat pumps manufactured between January 2010 and March 2011 with AZ41 and AZ61 model numbers.

The recalled units were sold at authorized GE representatives and HVAC distributors nationwide for between $1,000 and $2,000. The devices are usually found in apartments and commercial spaces.

Consumers should immediately stop using the units and contact General Electric for a free repair, the CPSC said.

(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Jerry Norton)