Voluntary Corrective Action Program for Rheem PV40 and PV50 Power Vented Heaters

November 28, 2000

Rheem Canada Ltd. and CSA International Announce the Voluntary Corrective Action Program for PV40 and PV50 Gas-Fired, Power-Vented Water Heaters Produced from January 1992 through December 1996

In co-operation with CSA International, Rheem Canada Ltd. of Hamilton, Ontario announced today the voluntary corrective action program only for specific models of their PV40 and PV50 propane and natural gas power-vented water heaters which were produced between January 1992 through December 1996. Rheem has become aware that in some cases cracks have developed in the ABS fitting at the power-vent blower connection to the plastic vent piping on certain units.

Additionally, a preliminary program to inspect and repair affected water heaters has revealed that in a small percentage of cases, the vent system has become separated at the power-vent outlet or at some other point along the vent system. Users of the specific models noted below are advised to examine their vent system and if a separation of the vent piping is found, to immediately contact Rheem Canada at the toll-free number listed for further instructions.

Models affected include the screen enclosure type PV40 and PV50 models with serial numbers 0192J86099 through 1296J26914 and 0192K89566 through 1093K65614 inclusive (production between Jan 1, 1992 and Dec 31, 1996). Production outside these dates is unaffected.

Rheem Canada is developing a program with gas suppliers to replace the vent components in question and anyone with an affected water heater should contact Rheem Canada directly at 1-800 -371-4955 for further information. Illustrations and information to help homeowners identify these water heaters is available online at www.rheem.on.ca.