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“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling more than 616,000 water heaters made by A. O. Smith due to a fire hazard risk when the units are installed on a combustible surface. The recall includes both natural or propane gas-fired water heaters made by the 144-year-old Milwaukee-based manufacturer, the nation’s largest manufacturer of water heaters. The company also makes boilers and water purification equipment.

One type of water heater affected by the recall is the residential Ultra-Low NOX Water heater in 30-, 40-, and 50-gallon sizes, manufactured between April 2011 and August 2016 and sold to independent contractors, plumbers, and plumbing supply and hardware vendors, among others. Water heaters affected by this recall were sold under the brand names America, A. O. Smith, Kenmore, Reliance, State, U.S. Craftmaster, and Whirlpool.”

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It’s been a very bad month for appliance manufacturers. Hot on the heels of the Haier refrigerator recall, A. O. Smith’s problem is 5 times worse. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported but several fires have occurred because of the defect. Unfortunately, it seems that not all affected models are eligible for a free repair.

If your water heater is part of the recall but ineligible, contact Apple Valley Eagan Appliance for an estimate on repairs. If it’s an emergency please don’t hesitate to call us at 952-953-0080!