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Carrier- and Bryant-branded heat pumps recalled

The fan motor can fail, causing the units to overheat, posing a fire hazard.

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Carrier Corporation of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is recalling about 5,800 Carrier- and Bryant-branded 1.5-ton multi-zone, 4-ton multi zone and 4-ton single-zone ductless heat pumps sold in the U.S., and Canada.

The fan motor on the heat pumps can fail, causing the units to overheat, posing a fire hazard.

The firm has received six reports of the heat pumps catching fire (one occurred in the U.S., and five in Canada). No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Carrier- and Bryant-branded 1.5-ton multi-zone, 4-ton multi-zone and 4-ton single-zone ductless heat pump outdoor units.

The units are used for cooling and heating homes and light commercial facilities.

The model number and product number can be found on the nameplate/rating plate on the side of the units. The recalled models and product numbers are:

Brand

Product

Model Number

Product Number

 

Carrier

1.5-ton multi-zone

38MGQC18---3

38MGQC18---301--

4-ton multi-zone

38MGQF48---3

38MGQF48---301--

4-ton single-zone

38MBQB48---3

38MBQB48--301--

 

Bryant

1.5-ton multi-zone

538TEQ01

8RCMA

538TEQ018RC

MAAAA

4-ton multi-zone

538TEQ04

8RFMA

538TEQ048RF

MAAAA

4-ton single-zone

538REQ0

48RBMA

538REQ048

RBMAAAA

The heat pumps, manufactured in China, were sold at Carrier and Bryant distributors, independent dealers and contractors nationwide from March 2015, through April 2019, for between about $600 and about $4,000.

What to do

Consumers should immediately contact their installing servicer, dealer or contractor to arrange for a free repair. While awaiting repair, consumers should monitor affected units while they are being operated and keep foliage and other flammable items at least 24 inches away from the recalled units.

Consumers may contact the dealer locator on www.carrierductless.com (for Carrier-branded products) and www.bryantductless.com (for Bryant-branded products) and click on the find a dealer tag at the bottom of the page or contact Carrier toll-free at (844) 468-4301 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, for assistance in locating a Carrier or Bryant dealer in their area for more information.

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