The recall, posted on the US Food and Drug Administration’s website, involves nearly 34,000 GE Zoneline Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) and Heating units after the discovery that the outdoor moisture may build up near the heater when the units are used continuously with the vent door open. Along with shorted electrical components, the defect may create an electrical ground path and arcing, which may eventually lead to fire hazards.
Although no injuries have been reported, the company has already received three complaints of smoke or fire coming from the heating units that resulted in $30,000 worth of damages.
The complete list of the recalled models and their respective serial numbers is posted on the FDA’s website. The units were distributed nationwide, with a selling date of January 2010 to December 2013. Consumers may contact GE to schedule a for a free repair and are advised not to operate the unit in the meantime.
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