Recalls: Faulty Ventilator Motor May Burn Your House Down

Venmar is recalling 75,000 heat recovery ventilators manufactured between 1991 and 2001. The ventilators, designed to bring fresh air into a home, contain a motor that can overheat and catch fire. Four motors have already caught fire, with one in Michigan causing $1 million in damage.

Several brands and models contain the faulty motor. The model number will appear as a large, bold number on the first line of either a silver or black label on the ventilator’s outside panel. The affected units, from Venamar’s web site:

  • Venmar: AEXX, EARC, 1XX, 30X, 40X, 40XXX

  • Venmar AVS: 1.X, 2.X, 30XX, 55XX
  • Flair : 30, 30XX, 55, 55XX, 85115
  • vänEE: 10, 1XX, 100X, 20, 20XX, 30XX, 90
  • Conformax: 300, 350, 400
  • NuTone: NUTR130
  • Carrier, Bryant: VXXXXXXXXX, ERVXXXXXXX, HRVXXXXXXX
  • Payne Day & Night: VXXXXXXXXX
  • Heil: HEILXXXXX
  • York: 5263554XXXX
  • Sears Brand: OPTIMUM
  • Guardian by Broan : 100X, 200X
  • Rheem, Ruud, Protech, Weatherking: 84-ERV100, 84-ERV200, 84-HRV100, 84-HRV200

If you have an affected model in your house, run unplug the unit and call Venmar at (866) 441-4645, or visit their web site. They will send you a safety device to prevent the motor from burning your house down. — CAREY GREENBERG-BERGER

Venmar Ventilation Inc. Recalls Heat Recovery Ventilators Due to Fire Hazard [CPSC]

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  1. Hexum2600 says:

    Nothing brings in fresh air like the vacuum created by a large fire. Nothing.

  2. wentworth says:

    Have had venmar unit since 1995, bought with the house. Outside of motor unit said lubrication not required. As unit got older and motor began to develop vibration I dismantled it and inside the motor casing itself says “oil every 6 months” or something to that effect. Interesting. Eventually the noise became so much I removed the motor and replaced with an aftermarket one. The used motor unit makes a great fan for use while I work out on the treadmill.