Furnace Warning!

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Check Your Furnace!

Federal product-safety officials issued a warning to California consumers Sept. 27, 2000, saying that as many as 190,000 attic furnaces made by Consolidated Industries pose an unacceptable fire risk. The suspect heaters are installed horizontally, generally in attics.

The Indiana manufacturer was formerly known as the Premier Furnace Company. The units were sold by at least 18 companies under 34 brand names, including Amana, Coleman, Sears and Trane. Federal officials were negotiating a recall or replacement program when Consolidated declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy this year and liquidated its assets. Most were marketed in the state between 1983 and 1994.

Santee Fire Department advises every homeowner to check their furnace and see if it matches one of those listed below:

COMPANY
TRADE NAME
MODEL
Addison Products Company Weatherking GHC
Amana Refrigeration Amana GSE-DN
Arco Confort Products ACP, Arcoaire, Northrup GHB
Bard Manufacturing Bard HG, ESG
Coleman Company, (Evcon Industries Coleman 2505-2509B, 2505-2509C
Consolidated Industries Consolidated HAC/HCC
DMO Industries Duromatic-Olsen Olsen, Airco HCC
Goettl Air Conditioning American Best Goettl HCC
Goodman Manufacturing Franklin Electrick, GMC, Hamilton Electric, Janitrol, Johnstone, Liberty HAC/HCC/HBA
Heat Controller Inc. Century, Comfort Aire GSH
ICG/Keeprite Keeprite HAC/HCC
Magic Chef Air Conditioning Magic Chef EG/ENG
MLX Refrigeration and Air Heatmaster HAC/HCC
Premier Furnace Company Premier, Sunburst, Sun Glow, P.F.C. HAC/HCC/HBA
Sears Kenmore 735
Square D Company Sundial GH
Trane Company Trane, (XE60, XE70), American Standard THS, THN
Westbrook Distributing Heatmaster HAC/HCC

If you have a furnace that is contained in the above list please have San Diego Gas & Electric check your furnace immediately for both a fire hazard and possible carbon monoxide leak. Contact them at: 1-800-411-7343.

Additional information regarding the furnace warning is available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission hotline at:
1-800-638-2772, or on the commission's web site:  www.cpsc.gov

Santee Fire Department recommends that homeowners hire a licensed contractor to inspect gas-fired furnaces annually. Vertical heaters, such as those installed in closets, are not a problem but also should be inspected regularly.

If you have any questions, contact the Santee Fire Department at
(619) 258-4100 ext. 207