Recalls and Service Alerts

Furnaces - Air Conditioners - Heat Pumps

CPSC, Rheem Manufacturing Announce Recall to Repair Electric Furnaces and Air Handlers

Type: Recall
Equipment: Air HandlerFurnace
Recall or Alert Date: 02-16-1999
Serial Number: 99-061
Brands Affected: Rheem

Description of Problem:

The heating elements in the electric furnaces and air handlers can disintegrate, and expel small particles of molten metal through the duct system and into the living area of the residence. The molten metal particles can ignite nearby combustibles, presenting a fire hazard to consumers. Rheem has received 16 reports of fires resulting in minor to serious property damage, including one report of a total house fire. No injuries have been reported.

Affected Products:

only Rheem RBEA, UBEA, WBEA, and WBEMA model electric furnaces and Rheem RBHA, UBHA, WBHA, and WBHMA model electric air handlers with date codes between 3592 and 4595 are part of this recall


Consumer Product Safety Commission