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September 30, 2004

Release #04-229

CPSC, Goodman Company, L.P. Announce Recall of Amana, Trane, and American Standard Brand Package Terminal Air Conditioners/Heat Pumps

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Package Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pump (PTAC)

Units: About 875,000

Manufacturer: Goodman Company, L.P., of Houston, Texas

Hazard: Fire hazard resulting from this chain of events: filter becomes clogged due to lack of maintenance, severely restricting airflow and resulting in elevated internal temperature; this may cause two safety switches to stop working during the product's expected life; if the blower wheel then stops when the product is operated in the heating mode, a fire hazard can develop.

Incidents/Injuries: Goodman received 29 confirmed reports of units overheating, including eight instances where the PTAC ignited and, in some cases, caused minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: These PTACs are owned mainly by commercial and institutional organizations and are used in the lodging industry, apartments, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, schools, and government buildings. A small number of the recalled units are owned by individual homeowners. The PTACs are beige in color and are intended for through-the-wall installation. Goodman manufactured all of the recalled units, which were sold under the Amana, Trane, and American Standard brand names. Goodman and Trane/American Standard are separate, unrelated entities. The recalled PTACs consist of Amana brand units manufactured from January 1996 through March 2003, and Trane and American Standard brand units manufactured from January 1996 through August 2002, that use electric heaters rated at 3.5 kilowatts (kW) or greater.

Brand Name: Amana

Serial and Model Numbers: Serial numbers begin with 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 0301, 0302, or 0303

Model numbers begin with:

PTH073A35; PTH074A35; PTH093A35; PTH093A50; PTH094A35; PTH094A50; PTH123A35; PTH123A50; PTH124A35; PTH124A50; PTH153A35; PTH153A50; PTH154A35; PTH154A50; PTC073A35; PTC074A35; PTC093A35; PTC093A50; PTC094A35; PTC094A50; PTC123A35; PTC123A50; PTC124A35; PTC124A50; PTC153A35; PTC153A50; PTC154A35; PTC154A50

Brand Name: Trane and American Standard

Serial and Model Numbers: Serial numbers begin with A96, A97, A98, A99, A00, A01, A02

Model numbers begin with:

PTHC0701G; PTHC0702G; PTHC0901G; PTHC0901J; PTHC0902G; PTHC0902J; PTHC1201G; PTHC1201J; PTHC1202G; PTHC1202J; PTHC1501G; PTHC1501J; PTHC1502G; PTHC1502J; PTEC0701G; PTEC0702G; PTEC0901G; PTEC0901J; PTEC0902G; PTEC0902J; PTEC1201G; PTEC1201J; PTEC1202G; PTEC1202J; PTEC1501G; PTEC1501J; PTEC1502G; PTEC1502J

The serial and model numbers are below the operating controls under the front cover assembly. To check the serial and model numbers, remove the front cover by pulling it from the bottom straight out until the clips release, then lifting it up. For some units, it is first necessary to remove two ¼" screws (in the filter compartment) that secure the front cover.

Sold to: Amana, Trane, and American Standard representatives sold the PTACs to hotels/motels, hospitals, assisted living facilities, schools, and apartment complexes. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning distributors and resellers sold the units to commercial customers and, in some cases, homeowners. The recalled units were sold throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada between January 1996 and March 2003.

Manufactured in: U.S.A.

Remedy: Free thermal safety limit switch. Commercial and institutional owners will install the replacement switch themselves. Individual homeowners can get a free repair. Contact the Goodman Hotline to receive the free replacement thermal safety switch. Inspect and clean the air conditioner/heat pump filters immediately to remove any imminent hazard. Continue to clean these filters every 30 days in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations which can be found at www.regcen.com/PTAC

Owner Contact: Call the Goodman Hotline at (800) 729-6122 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Owners can submit a PTAC Recall Information Form at Goodman's Web site www.regcen.com/PTAC

To view this recall online, use the following link: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04229.html

Goodman's Hotline: (800) 729-6122

CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Goodman Media Contact: (713) 861-2500 x439

Trane Media Contact: (732) 980-6048

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