Even with the consistent integration of new technology and innovation in manufacturing products meant to provide a comfortable living space, there is no denying that there will be defective and problematic varieties that come out from time to time. The heating and cooling systems in residential settings usually work flawlessly and efficiently as their respective manufacturers make sure about making the consumers’ money worthy of buying them. However, there are times when those equipment suffer from minor or significant defects that pose health and safety risks. Say for instance, renowned American brand Bradford White Corporation announced back in 2002 that it was recalling a gas water heater to fix some issues in them.
The Ampler, PA based company recalled 1,220 gas water heaters, all of which are classified as 75-gallon power vented varieties. The models concerned included MIITW75T6EN12; MIITW75T6CX12; TW375S76E3N; and TW375S763X with serial number “YD” (all) through YE 1395234. Those who might have bought any of those models had to see the serial number of their water heater that’s found on the heater rating plate or the shipping carton label, provided they did not throw it away. The date of sale of these Bradford White Corporation water heaters was from April 2002 up to May of the same year. All the water heaters included in the 2002 recall were built in the U.S.
So what was the issue with the water heaters that prompted Bradford White Corporation to announce a recall?
According to the company, the water heaters were fitted with defective and incorrectly designed flue gas baffles. As a result, there is a tendency for the baffles to adversely affect fuel combustion, which in turn could lead to excessive emissions of the poisonous gas, carbon monoxide. If you don’t know it, carbon monoxide inhalation can result to serious injuries, even death. This is especially true if your home is not fitted with carbon monoxide detector. Fortunately, there have been no injuries, death, or any incident connected to the defective water heater before the announcement of the recall was made.
Those who were unlucky to have purchased any of the water heaters with the defect were told to contact the installation contractor or the technical support team of Bradford White right away. Some opted to go to the official website of the company, where they can verify if their water heater is indeed part of the recall. Upon verification that the Bradford White water heater was indeed part of the recall, the company made it a point to arrange for the actual inspection. In most cases, a replacement of the flue baffle was the only solution, but it was given to the owner of the equipment without any charge.
Although modern heating and cooling equipment, including hot water heaters are built using advanced and sophisticated technology, it is no secret that there will be minor glitches. However, certain government regulations ensure that any defects are considered a responsibility of the manufacturer or brand to correct or risk getting penalized heavily with sanctions, fines, or even worse, imprisonment for those responsible.