Hearth & Home Gas Fire Place Recall Issued Due to Risk of Valve Leak
Roughly 20,000 gas fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets are being recalled due to a risk that they may leak gas from the main valve, posing a serious fire hazard for consumers.
A Hearth & Home Technologies gas fireplace recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on September 23, after problems with the gas valves were discovered, which could leak natural or propane gas into the home.
Gas leaks from fireplaces can be particularly dangerous, because if high enough levels fill the home it can cause asphyxia, or lack of oxygen, in addition to the risk of explosion and fire.
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Signs for gas leaks usually involve a sulfuric, rotten egg odor to fill the room closest to the unit and residents may also experience fatigue, dizziness and chest pain. The CPSC recommends that if any of the apparent signs are recognized consumers should shut the fireplace off, open windows to air out the home, and step outside and take deep breaths.
The recalled Hearth & Home Technologies fireplaces include Hearth & Home Technologies®Indoor Gas Fireplaces with serial numbers ranging from 0023793235 through 0023822923 andGA1851161 through GA1851706, Heat-N-Glo® Indoor Gas Fireplaces and Stoves and Inserts with serial numbers ranging from 0023791818 through 0023823238, Heatilator®Indoor Gas Fireplaces & Inserts with serial numbers ranging from 0023792110 through 00238231250023742749, 0023826583 as well as 0023798I69 and 00238012326, Outdoor Lifestyles®Outdoor Gas Fireplaces with serial numbers from OD18710 through OD18934 and 0023792647 through 0023822308, and Quadra Fire®Indoor Gas Stoves and Inserts with serial numbers ranging from 0023792636 through 0023822725.
The gas fireplace sets were manufactured in Taiwan and the United States under Hearth & Home Technologies of Lakeville, Minnesota where they were sold at fireplace stores nationwide from May 2014 through July 2014 for between $1,200 and $8,000.
The CPSC recommends that consumers check their fire places to verify if they are part of the recall and, if so, shut them down by turning off the gas valve. Customers should contact the fireplace store where the unit was purchased to arrange a free inspection, and if necessary a free valve replacement. The manufacturer’s dealers are contacting known owners but consumers with questions may contact Hearth & Home Technologies at 800-883-6690 or visit them online at www.hearthhome.com for more information.
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