(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
|Release # 94-004a
York Offering to Replace All Heatpipe
PRODUCT: Approximately 4,000 Borg-Warner, Luxaire,
Fraser- Johnson, and Moncrief "Heatpipe" furnaces manufactured and sold by York
International Corporation between 1984 and 1988.
PROBLEM: Parts of the furnace and vent system may fail prematurely. Failure of vent
components could allow potentially hazardous carbon monoxide (CO) gas to leak into the
WHAT TO DO: Owners of affected furnaces should call York at 1-800-310-3476 to obtain a
free replacement furnace. York is providing a $200 allowance toward the cost of installing
the replacement furnace.
WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced that
York International Corporation of York, PA has voluntarily offered to replace all
Borg-Warner, Luxaire, Fraser-Johnson, and Moncrief "HeatPipe" furnaces. York
initiated this warranty enhancement program because certain parts of the furnace and vent
system may fail prematurely. Failure of certain furnace and vent components could allow
potentially hazardous carbon monoxide (CO) gas to leak into the home.
York manufactured approximately 10,000 HeatPipe furnaces between 1984 and 1988 under the
brand names Borg-Warner, Luxaire, Fraser-Johnson, and Moncrief. These mid-efficiency
furnaces can be identified by the following model numbers: Luxaire/Frasier-
Johnson/Moncrief (models PAUT-LD08N073, PAUT-LD12N073, PAUT- LD12N105, and PAUT-LD16N105);
Borg-Warner/York (models P1NUD08N06301, P1NUD12N06301, P1NUD12N08901, and P1NUD16NO8901).
York estimates approximately 4,000 HeatPipe furnaces remain in use.
Under York's warranty program, HeatPipe furnace owners may obtain a free replacement
furnace of similar capacity and efficiency to their HeatPipe. Replacement of the HeatPipe
furnaces will require professional installation and replacement of some or all of the
furnaces' venting components. York will provide a $200 allowance toward the cost of
installing the replacement furnace.
CPSC urges anyone with a HeatPipe furnace to participate in the HeatPipe replacement
program. Consumers can call York at 1-800-310-3476 or contact an authorized York,
Fraser-Johnson, or Luxaire dealer to obtain a new replacement furnace. York is sending a
letter to all known HeatPipe owners explaining the warranty program.
Additionally, CPSC advises all owners of furnaces and fuel- burning appliances to have a
competent service technician inspect their appliances and furnaces before the heating
season begins. This inspection should include checking the furnace's vent system for
corrosion or openings through which carbon monoxide could leak, as well as checking to
make sure the furnace is operating properly. Only a qualified service technician should
perform repairs or maintenance. CPSC recommends that consumers also purchase and install
carbon monoxide detectors that meet the requirements of Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
Standard 2034. These detectors warn consumers before hazardous levels of carbon monoxide
are present. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause serious illness or death.
CPSC's mission is to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death
associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated
28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different
types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
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