Lochinvar Condensing Residential Boilers Recalled Due to Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Lochinvar LLC (Lebanon, Tenn.), in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has recalled condensing residential boilers. The June 18, 2020 recall, number 20-141, is due to the possible deterioration and dislodging of the boiler’s flue grommet during use, allowing the boiler to emit carbon monoxide and thus posing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The units were manufactured in the U.S. by Lochinvar LLC.

The firm has received seven reports of boiler’s flue grommets deteriorating, including one report of two nonfatal injuries involving carbon monoxide poisoning, and two reports of carbon monoxide emission not involving an injury.

The units were sold by independent contractors, plumbers, and plumbing supply vendors and distributors, from August 2016 through June 2020, for between $8000 and $25,000, including installation.

This recall includes residential condensing boilers, combi boilers, and packaged systems sold after August 2016. The model numbers shown below are included in the recall. They were sold under the Lochinvar, A. O. Smith, and State Proline brand names and have serial numbers within the range of 103475818 through 115078306. The model number and serial number can be found on the data plate on the product located on the unit’s rating plate, which is located either on the outer jacket of the unit, or on the underside of the removable front jacket plate. The brand name is printed on the front of each unit. About 34,300 units were sold in the U.S., and about 3642 units in Canada. 

Consumers with the recalled boilers should immediately contact the installer or a qualified technician to schedule a free repair. Consumers who continue use of the boilers while awaiting repair should have working carbon monoxide alarms outside of sleeping areas and on every level of the home.

Contact Lochinvar toll-free at 833-232-9706 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday for further information. Check for the recalled boilers’ serial number at: www.waterheaterrecall.com, and select the look-up feature for the flue grommet recall. Consumers with Lochinvar-branded boilers can find a qualified service technician by visiting: http://green.lochinvar.com/support/contractorlocator.aspx. Consumers with A. O. Smith or State Proline-branded boilers should contact their installer. If consumers do not know their installer, contact Lochinvar toll free at 833-232-9706.

Photos of the units are available on www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Lochinvar-Recalls-Condensing-Residential-Boilers-Due-to-Risk-of-Carbon-Monoxide-Poisoning

SOURCE: The Weekly Propane Newsletter, June 25, 2020. Weekly Propane Newsletter subscribers receive all the latest posted and spot prices from major terminals and refineries around the U.S. delivered to inboxes every week. Receive a center spread of posted prices with hundreds of postings updated each week, along with market analysis, insightful commentary, and much more not found elsewhere.