Safety Watch: GE Commercial Air Conditioner Recall

GE has issued a recall on GE Zoneline Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and heating units (PTAC). This recall applies mainly to business owners, since Zonelines are used primarily in commercial spaces, hotels and apartment buildings.

The recall affects approximately 33,500 units across the nation that were sold by GE authorized representatives and HVAC distributors from January 2010 through December 2013. If your commercial space has a GE Zoneline, visit the GE Product Recall site to learn if your model is part of the current recall.

The danger of the Zoneline is that when the unit is operated with its external vent door open, moisture from outdoor air can accumulate close to the unit’s heater. The moisture buildup, combined with two faulty electrical components within the unit, pose a fire threat.  So far, GE has received three reports involving Zonelines that caught fire or began smoking, causing approximately $30,000 in property damage.

If your business owns these air units, you should not operate them with the external vent door open until you call GE and schedule a free repair.  If you don’t know what the external vent door is, don’t use the unit until the repair is complete.

While our HVAC contractors at Gagne are certified Carrier dealers, we do also service all major brands of residential and light commercial HVAC equipment. It’s important, though, if you have a unit affected by a recall, to call the manufacturer first.

At Gagne Heating & Air Conditioning, we pride ourselves in offering commercial HVAC solutions for clients in the metro-Atlanta area, including Duluth, Johns Creek, Milton and Alpharetta.

Contact us today if you have questions about your commercial HVAC system, or keep reading on our blog for the latest commercial HVAC updates.