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What issues led to the recall of Premier furnaces?

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Premier furnaces were recalled due to a substantial risk of fire in 2001. The recalled furnaces were manufactured by Consolidated Industries Incorporated and included faulty NOx rods.

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Approximately 30,000 furnaces manufactured by Consolidated Industries Incorporated were affected by the recall. The hazardous units all included a gas-fired horizontal furnace with steel NOx rods. These rods are located immediately above the burners. Due to a malfunction in the manufacturing of these rods, the fire risks were substantial. A total of fifty reports of fire associated with these furnaces have been reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries are associated with these reports.

Consolidated Industries manufactured many furnaces under different names including the Amana Company, Bard Manufacturing, Carrier Corporation, Goettl Air Conditioning Incorporated, Goodman Manufacturing Company, Heat Controller Incorporated and the Trane Company.

The majority of recalled Premier furnaces were installed in California. These furnaces were often installed in home attics. Premier furnaces with model numbers beginning with HAC, HBA, HCA and HCC which end with an X in the final three characters are advised to have a licensed furnace inspector look at the unit. The recall program offers both free inspection and free furnace repair. Consumers may choose to get a new furnace for free plus the cost of installation.

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