November 5, 2015 — GE has issued a recall for about 33,500 Zoneline® Air Conditioners and Heating Units after receiving three reports involving smoke and/or fire.
No injuries have been reported, but one fire caused bout $30,000 in property damage.
The problem is that moisture from outside air can accumulate near the unit’s heater when the unit is operated with the vent door continuously open. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
“This, along with two shorted electrical components, can create an electrical ground path and arcing, posing a risk of fire.”
The recall involves GE Zoneline Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners, which are most often used in commercial spaces, apartment buildings, and hotels. The units were sold nationwide from January 2010 through December 2013 for $1,000-1,200.
The products have serial numbers AZ40E09E, AZ41E07E, AZ41E09E, AZ41E12E, AZ41E15E, AZ61H07E, AZ61H09E, AZ61H12E, and AZ61H15E, with the GE logo affixed to the control panel door on the front of the unit. For a complete list of recalled serial numbers, please visit the recall website.
GE asks consumers to contact the company to schedule a free repair. In the meantime, do not operate the unit with the external vent open. Maintenance workers should remove the front panel from the unit and locate the vent door control lever on the left side of the unit to ensure it is in the closed position.
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