September 2, 2014

Recall: White-Rodgers Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats Due to Fire Hazard

Name of Product: Programmable thermostats

Units: About 180,000 in the United States and 8,300 in Canada

Manufacturer: White-Rodgers of St. Louis, Mo.

Hazard: The programmable thermostats constantly charge the backup AA batteries used to power the thermostat’s clock. This can cause the batteries to leak, resulting in a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm is aware of three incidents involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves all White-Rodgers programmable thermostats with model numbers 1F88-XXX and 1F85RF-275 and date codes beginning with 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 and 1001 through 1039. The model number is printed on the thermostat’s front pull-down panel door. The date code is located inside the removable front cover. White-Rodgers and/or the utility company’s name and logo are printed on the front of the thermostat. These thermostats were able to be controlled by power companies in homes that took part in energy demand reduction programs.

Distributed by: More than 40 utility companies to consumers nationwide who took part in energy conservation programs and by various HVAC wholesalers for about $150.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the two AA batteries from the thermostat and contact White-Rodgers for a free repair kit. If battery removal causes changes in furnace operation, contact White-Rodgers.

Consumer Contact:
For additional information, contact White-Rodgers toll-free at (888) 624-1901 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.regcen.com/Thermostat

Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1217

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

Comments

  1. Dean Arrington says:

    I certify that I have received the kit, removed the batteries from my thermostat and installed the plug and label per the instructions included in this kit.

  2. Dean Arrington says:

    Dean Arrington
    3101 Brightwood Drive
    Austin, Texas 78746

    (512) 327-4613

    I certify that I have received the kit, removed the batteries from my thermostat and installed the plug and label per the instructions included in this kit,

  3. Edgar J. Dusseau says:

    We have received the batteries to replace the old ones in the thermostats.

  4. Ruthann Arnsberger says:

    Unable to find confirm installation kit link. I have received kt and removed batteries as directed. #PEPCO11438

  5. William Howard says:

    Customer # PHIACE0667 have received recall notice and completed instructions on sheet.