Wednesday, June 15, 2011

General Electric, Sharp Recalls GE Zoneline Packaged Terminal Air Conditioning and Heating Units (PTACs) Due to Fire Hazard



There has been much discussion over the past 2 months regarding the General Electric Zoneline Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner PTAC. GE has not been shipping their GE Zoneline product line which consists of both the AZ41 heat strip and AZ61 heat pump series. We finally learned today the reason for this sudden halt in shipping their GE Zonelines. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Office of Information and Public Affairs, General Electric and the product manufacturer, Sharp Corp of Osaka Japan are recalling 90,600 GE Zoneline PTACs. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission an electrical component in the heating system can fail posing a fire hazard to consumers. General Electric and Sharp have received four reports of incidents involving smoke and/or fire with the air conditioning and heating units. No injuries have been reported. The report goes on to say that the recall involves PTACs and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHP's) manufactured between January 2010 and March 2011. Any model which starts with AZ41 or AZ61 with serial numbers beginning with AT, DT, FT, HT, LT, MT, RT, ST, TT, VT, AV, DV and FV are included in the recall. According to the report consumers should immediately stop using these models in the heat mode and contact General Electric to schedule a free repair. More information can be found at www.geappliances.com/products/recall





For consumers or commercial customers such as hotels, assisted living facilities or other commercial facilities who need to order the popular 42"x16" Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) or Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHP) there are several alternative models which compare very well with the GE Zoneline. This includes PTACs manufactured by Friedrich, LG, and Islandaire which can be purchased directly from http://www.roomaire.com/.

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