Rheem oil-fired furnaces recalled because of fire hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission with Rheem Manufacturing Co. of Fort Smith, Ark., is voluntarily recalling its oil-fired furnaces because of a fire hazard.

The full name of the product is Rheem, Ruud and United Refrigeration oil-fired furnaces, manufactured by Rheem's air conditioning division.

If the furnace is not properly wired, the oil burner can continue to operate when the blower shuts off, posing a fire hazard.

Rheem has received one report in which the furnace was incorrectly wired. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

This recall involves oil-fired furnaces sold under the Rheem, Ruud and United Refrigeration brands. Only the models beginning with the model numbers listed below and with date codes ending in 0106 through 5206, 0107 through 5207, or 0108 through 4808 are included in this recall.

The model number and date code (designated by the four digits following an "M" in the middle of the serial number) are printed on the unit's rating plate, which is on the left wall of the furnace's interior just above the burner. The rating plate can be found by opening the unit's burner access door, which has slotted openings.

The models and brands are as follows: ROBF Rheem Classic/Ruud Achiever High Efficiency Upflow Oil Furnace; ROPF Rheem Classic/Ruud Achiever High Efficiency Downflow/Horizontal Oil Furnace; TZOUP United Refrigeration "Thermal Zone" Upflow Oil Furnace; and TZODH United Refrigeration "Thermal Zone" Downflow/ Horizontal Oil Furnace.

About 14,000 units were sold by contractors across the U.S. from January 2006 through December 2008 as part of installed systems for between $1,500 and $10,000 US.

Consumers are urged to immediately contact the contractor who installed the oil furnace to arrange for a free inspection and repair, if necessary.

For more information, consumers can call Rheem at 1-800-577-3960 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

Recall notice