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Archived – Venmar Air Exchange Systems

Starting date:
February 1, 2008
Posting date:
December 31, 2008
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items, Appliances
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety, Flammability Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-500001641

Affected products

Venmar Air Exchange Systems

Product description

Venmar's Safety Upgrade Program covers models manufactured between 1991 and 2001 and beween October 2006 and August 2007. Below is a listing of affected units.

Venmar's Safety Upgrade Program – Listing of affected units
Brand Model Number
Venmar AEXX
EARC
1XX
30X
40X
4XXXX
Venmar AVS 1.X
2.X
30XX
55XX
4XXXX
4XXXXX
16016XX
C32042
Flair 30
30XX
55
55XX
85115
vänEE 10
1XX
100XX
20
20XX
30XX
90
4XXXX
16016XX
Sears OPTIMUM
Guardian by Broan 100X
200X
ERVXXXXX
HRVXXXX
NuTone NUTR130
Conformax 300
350
400
Payne VXXXXXXXXX
Day & Night VXXXXXXXXX
Carrier ERVXXXXXXX
HRVXXXXXXX
VXXXXXXXXX
Bryant ERVXXXXXXX
HRVXXXXXXX
VXXXXXXXXX
Heil HEILXXXXX
York 5263554XXXX
Rheem 84-ERV100
84-ERV200
84-HRV100
84-HRV200
Ruud 84-ERV100
84-ERV200
84-HRV100
84-HRV200
Protech 84-ERV100
84-ERV200
84-HRV100
84-HRV200
Weatherking 84-ERV100
84-ERV200
84-HRV100
84-HRV200

NOTE: The "X" digit used in the model numbers can be either a letter or a number. This model number is located on a silver or a black label positioned on the outside panel of the unit.

Hazard identified

Venmar Ventilation has implemented a safety retrofit program for heat recovery ventilators due to fire hazard.

Venmar Ventilation has received several reports of major home fires where the suspected cause is a heat recovery system.

Burlington fire officials determined that two fires in Burlington have been attributed to Venmar units.

There is potential of the motor overheating in certain models of air exchangers that may result in a fire hazard.

Number sold

Approximately 1,000 units were sold in Ontario.

Time period sold

The Safety Retrofit Program covers the units produced between October 2006 and August 2007 and distributed under the brand names of: Venmar, Venmar AVS, vänEE. Rheem, Rudd, Protech, Carrier, Bryant and Broan.

Sold by Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning wholesale distributors nationwide, and selected building supply stores such as Home Depot and Home Hardware.

Manufactured in Canada.

Companies

Manufacturer
Venmar Ventilation Inc.
Drummondville
J2C 7W9
CANADA
Tel: 1-866-441-4645

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What you should do

Venmar is attempting to contact all owners of the heat recovery systems that may pose a potential fire hazard.

Owners of the air exchange systems that are affected must immediately turn the unit off and unplug it, and contact Venmar as soon as possible by: visiting the firm's website at www.venmar.ca; phone 1-866-441-4645; or mail to SUP, 550 Lemire Blvd., Drummondville, Quebec, Canada, J2C 7W9.

Please visit Electrical Safety Authority (PDF format) for additional information from the Electrical Safety Authority.

Please note that this notice is subsequent to news releases issued on Decemeber 21, 2006 and January 19, 2007 (ESA Safety Alerts (PDF format)) by the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and the Electrical Safety Authority regarding similar issues with models manufactured between 1991 and 2001.

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