June 11, 2014 — Weil-McLain Ultra is recalling over 8,000 boilers because a cap on the manifold can crack and release gas into the home, posing a risk of fire and explosion.
According to the recall notification from the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the firm has received 11 reports of manifold caps cracking. Although no fires or injuries have been reported, the problem could potentially cause severe injury and/or property damage.
The recall affects Weil-McLain Ultra models 80, 105, 155 and 230 MBH gas-fired boilers that are used for space heating. The boilers have serial number range between CP 6557046 and CP 6955985. The model and serial numbers are located on a bar-coded label affixed to the lower right side of the boiler, behind the removable front panel.
According to a letter (PDF) mailed to property owners:
“Weil-McLain has received information indicating that a cap on the boiler manifold tube for certain Weil-McLain Ultra 80, Ultra 105, Ultra 155, and Ultra 230 condensing, high-efficiency, gas-fired boilers manufactured after June 1, 2012 and prior to March 11, 2014, can crack and allow gas to leak. If this happens, a risk of fire or explosion may arise.”
The products were made in the United States and sold at plumbing and heating stores nationwide. Each unit cost between $4,200 and $6,200. About 7,900 units were sold in the United States and another 540 were sold in Canada.
The CPSC recommends that customers should stop using the boilers immediately and turn off the gas supply. Customers should then contact Weil-McLain at 888-770-7139 or visit www.weil-mclain.com for more information.
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