The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the Air Conditioning Division of Rheem Manufacturing Co., announced a voluntary recall of Rheem, Ruud and United Refrigeration oil-fired furnaces. If the furnace is not properly wired, the oil burner can continue to operate when the blower shuts off, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

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

Only the models beginning with the model numbers listed and with date codes ending in 0106 through 5206, 0107 through 5207, or 0108 through 4808, are included in this recall. They were sold by contractors nationwide to consumers from January 2006 through December 2008 as part of installed systems for between $1,500 and $10,000.

The models are:
  • Model No. ROBF - Rheem Classic/Ruud Achiever High Efficiency Upflow Oil Furnace

  • Model No. ROPF - Rheem Classic/Ruud Achiever High Efficiency Downflow/Horizontal Oil Furnace

  • Model No. TZOUP - United Refrigeration “Thermal Zone” Upflow Oil Furnace

  • Model No. TZODH - United Refrigeration “Thermal Zone” Downflow/ Horizontal Oil Furnace

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.

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

For additional information, contact Rheem at 800/577-3960 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.rheemac.com.

To see pictures of the recalled products, click here.