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:
|Addison Products Company||Weatherking||GHC|
|Arco Confort Products||ACP, Arcoaire, Northrup||GHB|
|Bard Manufacturing||Bard||HG, ESG|
|Coleman Company, (Evcon Industries||Coleman||2505-2509B, 2505-2509C|
|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|
|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|
|Square D Company||Sundial||GH|
|Trane Company||Trane, (XE60, XE70), American Standard||THS, THN|
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 website, 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.