GE Recalls Air Conditioners for Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced a large recall of about 90,600 defective <"">GE Zoneline Air Conditioners and Heaters.

An electrical component in the heating system can fail, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

To date, General Electric and Sharp have received four reports of incidents involving smoke and/or fire with the recalled GE Zoneline air conditioning and heating units. In two of the reported incidents, fire extended beyond the air conditioning and heating unit, resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled GE Zoneline Air Conditioners and Heaters were manufactured in China by Sharp Corp., of Osaka, Japan; distributed by GE Appliances and Lighting, of Louisville, Kentucky; and sold by General Electric authorized representatives and HVAC distributors nationwide from March 2010 through March 2011 for between $1,000 and $1,200.

This recall involves GE Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) and packaged terminal heat pumps manufactured between January 2010 and March 2011, and are most often used in apartment buildings and commercial space. The GE logo is affixed to the control panel door. Serial and model are printed on the rating plate.

Consumers will need to remove the front panel to locate the model and serial information. GE brand models with model numbers that begin with AZ41 or AZ61 and with serial numbers that begin with AT, DT, FT, GT, HT, LT, MT, RT, ST, TT, VT, ZT, AV, DV, and FV are involved in this recall.

GE and the CPSC are advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled air conditioning and heating units in the heat mode and to contact General Electric to schedule a free repair. General Electric can be reached, toll-free, at 1.866.918.8771 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at

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