White-Rodgers recalls Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats

Starting date:
April 30, 2014
Posting date:
April 30, 2014
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Tools and Electrical Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Fire Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-39279

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and White-Rodgers

Affected products

White-Rodgers 1F8x-04xx digital thermostats

Product 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 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.

Hazard identified

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

White-Rodgers has received seven reports (four of which were in Canada) of burn damage to the thermostat, including two (one of which was in Canada) involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Health Canada has received one consumer incident report of batteries damaging the thermostat. No injuries were reported.

Number sold

Approximately 403,000 were sold in Canada and about 740,000 were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled thermostats were sold from January 2006 through December 2013 in Canada and the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Manufacturer
Jabil Circuits
CHINA
Distributor
White-Rodgers, a division of Emerson Climate Technologies
St. Louis
Missouri
UNITED STATES

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What you should do

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 and click on “White-Rodgers 1F8x-04xx Thermostat Recall” for more information.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.