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Owners of White-Rodgers programmable digital thermostats should contact the company to receive a repair kit and new owner's manual.

Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling White-Rodgers programmable digital thermostats due to a risk of fire.

The joint recall, issued Wednesday, singles out model number 1F85RF-27x or 1F88-xxx (where each x represents a number), and date codes beginning with 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 and 1001 through 1039.

The model number can be found on the thermostat's front pull-down panel. 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.

The Model 1F88-xxx thermostats can be controlled by utility companies in homes that are part of a company's energy demand reduction program.

The problem stems from the batteries in the recalled thermostats, which can leak and short the circuit, posing a risk of overheating, smoke, flame or fire. In addition, failure of the thermostat can result in the furnace shutting off, which can pose a risk of property damage.

Consumers should immediately remove the batteries from the recalled thermostats but are advised against disconnecting or removing the unit. Consumers are asked to contact White-Rodgers to receive a repair kit and a new owner's manual.

About 8,300 of the recalled 1F88 thermostats have been distributed primarily through seven utility companies in Ontario. Fewer than 1,000 1F85RF thermostats were distributed by heating, ventilation and air conditioning companies.

Consumers may contact White-Rodgers toll-free at 1-888-624-1901 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website.