Shock hazard prompts recall of Trane furnaces

Photos: Consumer Product Safety Commission

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Trane announced Tuesday it’s recalling more than 17,000 of its furnaces due to a shock hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the ground wire in the furnace’s junction box can become loose, creating a risk of shock if an electrical component fails and short circuits.

The manufacturer said no injuries have been reported to date.

The recall involves Trane, American Standard, and Ameristar brand or unbranded furnaces, which were sold nationwide from July 2016 through August 2016 for between $400 and $4,000.

The recalled furnaces include serial numbers beginning with 16304 through 16324. The numbers can be found printed on a white label on the left- or right-hand side of the unit.

Consumers should contact Trane for a free replacement junction box and free installation. In the meantime, consumers should avoid contact with the furnaces until the junction box is replaced.

Anyone with questions can contact Trane at 800-945-5884 during normal business hours. There’s also more information on the Trane, American Standard, and Ameristar websites.