Electrical Safety Authority

Electrical Safety Authority
Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal

Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal

January 19, 2007 09:21 ET

Electrical Safety Authority: Product Safety Alert Expansion-Heat Recovery Systems Present Potential Fire Hazards

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 19, 2007) - Further to a joint safety alert issued in December, 2006, Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority and the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office are once again urging consumers to check if they have a heat recovery system installed in their home with the potential to overheat and ignite. There are 232,753 affected units in Canada and 74,933 units in the United States.

Venmar Ventilation has implemented a Safety Upgrade Program for certain models of Heat Recovery Ventilators produced between 1991 and 2001. Units manufactured before 1991 and after 2001 are not affected. To date, the affected units are identified with the following brand names and model numbers. This list has been expanded from the time the original safety alert was issued.

Venmar Brand: AEXX, EARC, 1XX, 30X,40X, 40XXX
Venmar AVS Brand: 1.X, 2.X, 30XX, 55XX models
Flair Brand: 30, 30XX, 55, 55XX, 85115 models
vanEE Brand: 10, 1XX, 100X, 20, 20XX, 90 models
Conformax Brand: 300, 350. 400
NuTone Brand: NUTR130
Carrier, Bryant Brands (Payne,
Day & Night): VXXXXXXXXX
Bryant, Carrier Brands (standard
York Brand: 5263554XXXX
Sears Brand: OPTIMUM model
Guardian by Broan Brand: 100X, 200X models
Rheem Brands 84-ERV100, 84-ERV200, 84-HRV100,
(Ruud-Protech-Weatherking): 84-HRV200

NOTE: The X digit used in the model numbers can be either a letter or a number.

The model number is located on a silver or black label positioned on the outside panel of the unit.

Venmar Ventilation is asking owners of the Heat Recovery Ventilators identified above to immediately turn off and unplug their unit, and to contact Venmar as soon as possible by phone at 1-866-441-4645, electronically at www.venmar.ca , or by mail at SUP, 550 Lemire Blvd. Drummondville, QC, Canada J2C 7W9.

If you are uncertain as to when your unit was installed, check it against the brand names and model numbers identified above to determine if further action is required.

If you experience any strange odours, smoke or the smell of burning in your home, call 911 immediately and have the fire department respond to determine the cause.

Contact Information

  • Electrical Safety Authority
    Tatjana Dinic
    (905) 712-5364