Programmable Thermostats Recalled for Fire Hazard

A large recall of <"">Programmable Thermostats has been implemented, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), just announced. The agencies are advising consumers to stop using the recalled Programmable Thermostats immediately and note that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

About 180,000 Programmable Thermostats, manufactured by White-Rodgers of St. Louis, Missouri, have been recalled in the United States; 8,300 have been recalled in Canada.

The Programmable Thermostats constantly charge the backup AA batteries used to power the thermostat’s clock. This can cause the batteries to leak, resulting in a fire hazard. The firm is aware of three incidents involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported, to date.

This recall involves all White-Rodgers Programmable Thermostats with model numbers 1F88-XXX and 1F85RF-275 and date codes beginning with 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, and 1001 through 1039. The model number is printed on the thermostat’s front pull-down panel door. 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. These thermostats were able to be controlled by power companies in homes that took part in energy demand reduction programs.

The recalled Programmable Thermostats, which were manufactured in China, were sold by more than 40 utility companies to consumers nationwide who took part in energy conservation programs and by various HVAC wholesalers for about $150.

The CPSC and HC are advising consumers to immediately remove the two AA batteries from the recalled Programmable Thermostats and contact White-Rodgers for a free repair kit. If battery removal causes changes in furnace operation, contact White-Rodgers. White-Rodgers can be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.624.1901 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Central Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at

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