By Alyssa Dalton
June 23, 2011 – General Electric has announced a voluntary recall of its Zoneline Air Conditioners and Heaters, due to a possible fire hazard caused by an electrical component in the heating system that can fail. Approximately 3600 units were sold in Canada from April 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011. Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the product in heat mode and contact Williams to schedule a free repair.
Manufacturer: Sharp Corporation of Japan
Canadian Distributor: Gordon R. Williams Corporation (“Williams”)
Incidents/Injuries: In Canada, GE has received one report involving smoke and/or fire with Affected Products. There have also been three reported incidents in the U.S.. In two of the reported incidents, fire extended beyond the unit resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported.
Description/Models: This recall involves GE Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and packaged terminal heat pumps (“PTACs”) manufactured between approximately January 2010 and March 2011. The Product is most often used in apartment buildings and commercial space. The GE logo is affixed to the control panel door. Serial and model numbers are printed on the rating plate. Consumers will need to remove the front panel to locate the rating plate. Product bearing the following model and serial numbers are included in this recall:
Model No. (Begins with): AZ41, AZ61
Serial No. (Begins with): AT, DT, FT, GT, HT, LT, MT, RT, ST, TT, VT, ZT, AV, DV and FV
For additional information, contact Williams toll-free at 1 (888) 209-0999 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.williamshvac.com. Consumers may also contact the firm by e-mail sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.