Air conditioners sold at Home Depot and Costco have been recalled – Best Life

Chances are, you’ll be relying on Home Depot and Costco purchases to make improvements to your home. After all, stores are full of a wide variety of home appliances that cover everything from washing your clothes to maintaining your home. However, you may want to check to see if you have purchased an item from popular stores as it is being recalled after being tragically linked to a death. Read on to see which device could be putting you at risk right now.

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On December 22, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall of approximately 33,570 Royal Sovereign portable air conditioners. Several product models are affected, including PAC-3012, PAC-3012 RB, ARP-3012, ARP-3012 KIT, ARP-3012S, ARP-3014 and ARP-3014 SC. Customers can locate the model number printed on the nameplate sticker on the back of the devices.

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According to the CPSC notice, the recall was issued when it was discovered that a “faulty drain motor in air conditioners can ignite the plastic casing of the unit, posing a fire and burn hazard. for consumers and a risk of serious or fatal injury “. Sadly, eleven reports of units caught fire or smoke, causing more than $ 1 million in property damage and two injuries. Tragically, one death has also been reported as a result of inhaling smoke after one of the portable air conditioners burned down.

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Costco retail wholesaler, people shopping in and out, Danvers Massachusetts USA, May 5, 2018

The CPSC notes that the recalled air conditioners were sold online at Amazon, as well as at Sears, Costco, Home Depot, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Best Buy stores nationwide from March 2008 to August 2014. The units sold for approximately $ 290.

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If you own any of the recalled portable air conditioners, the CPSC recommends that you immediately stop using the product and unplug the unit. From there, you must follow the online instructions on the designated recall website to cut the electrical cord and render the device unusable by anyone before disposing of it.

Customers can also contact Royal Sovereign to request a refund, which will be prorated based on the age of the unit. Their customer service can be reached toll-free at 833-947-3699 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST weekdays, online through the recall website or through the Royal Sovereign website by clicking on “Information about” the reminder ”at the top of the page.

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Karl M. Bailey