CSA International and White-Rodgers Announce Recall of LP and Convertible Gas Water Heater Temperature Controls

In cooperation with CSA International, White-Rodgers, a division of Emerson Electric Co., of St. Louis, MO, is voluntarily recalling 88,120 Liquid Propane (LP) and Convertible Gas Water Heater Temperature Controls across North America. The controls can gradually open instead of snapping open to full flow, which may cause soot to build up on the water heater burner, presenting a fire hazard. White-Rodgers has received twelve reports involving soot build up. Eight of these reports included minor fire damage.

The temperature control is a small metal box located above the access panel door of the gas water heater. A white label with red lettering located on the right side of the control contains one of the following model numbers: 37C55U 658, 37C57U 602, 37C72U 520, 37C72U 546, 37C72U 547, or 37C72U 548, and 37C72U 676. There should be a four- digit metal stamped date code located below the label on the right side of the control. Recalled controls will have date codes 0240 to 0329 (40th week of 2002 to 29th week of 2003). Potentially affected gas water heaters include: AO Smith, Apollo, Crosley, Energysense, Freedom, Intertherm, Kenmore, Maytag, Mission, Myers, Penfield, President, Reliance, Sentry, or State. Beginning serial numbers on these gas water heaters can be checked at www.regcen.com/tempcontrolrecall

Retail distributors and independent servicers have sold and installed water heaters with the controls from October 2002 trough March 2004.

Consumers who have an affected control should contact White-Rodgers to arrange for a qualified service technician to replace the recalled control free of charge. Call White-Rodgers Special Project Office at (800) 426-3579 or visit their web site at  www.regcen.com/tempcontrolrecall

About CSA International

CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world, CSA’s marks appear on billions of products worldwide. CSA International is a division of CSA Group, which also includes: CSA, a developer of standards and codes; and OnSpeX for consumer product evaluation services. CSA International can be found online at www.csa-international.org.

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If you have a LP or mobile home gas water heater that matches one of the brands and serial numbers listed below, please check the model number and date code listed on the temperature control to determine if the control is affected.

Potentially affected AO Smith brand LP and mobile home gas water heaters have serial numbers that begin with:
LP 37C55U

Potentially affected Apollo, Crosley, Energysense, Freedom, Kenmore, Maytag, Mission, Myers,Intertherm, Penfield, President, Reliance, Sentry or State brands of LP and mobile home gas water heaters have serial numbers that begin with: