May 11, 1998
Release # 98-107
|CPSC: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188
CPSC, Weil-McLain Announce Recall to Repair Gas
WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Weil-McLain, of Michigan City, Ind., is
recalling 8,500 Weil-McLain gas boilers for field adjustment of the gas control valve.
These boilers' gas control valves, made by White-Rodgers, could have gas pressure settings
that are too high. Incorrect gas pressure can cause the boiler to produce dangerous carbon
monoxide, which can then leak, causing serious injury or death.
Weil-McLain has received three reports of carbon monoxide detectors alarming due to the
release of carbon monoxide from these boilers. No injuries or deaths have been reported.
The Weil-McLain model GV gas boilers subject to this recall are equipped with certain
White-Rodgers model 36C98-303 gas control valves with date codes 9621 through 9723. The
date code and model number can be found on the unit's gas control valve, which is located
at the front and center section of the boiler under the jacket. Also, all Weil-McLain GV
boilers located at elevations more than 7,000 feet above sea level are being recalled.
These boilers have "WEIL-McLAIN GOLD GV" written on the boiler jacket.
Heating and cooling companies and contractors sold these boilers nationwide from June 1996
to November 1997 for about $1,500 to $3,000. Approximately 1,000 GV boilers were installed
from June 1990 to January 1998 at locations above 7,000 feet elevation.
Consumers should immediately check to see if they have a Weil-McLain GV boiler affected by
this recall. For assistance in checking the boiler's gas valve model and date code, or for
other additional information, consumers should call Weil-McLain at (800) 625-5249 anytime.
If a consumer has an affected boiler, Weil-McLain will arrange for a free adjustment of
the gas control valves' pressure setting.
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