Daikin expands recall of evaporator coil drain pans

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The molded plastic drain pan can overheat, melt and deform

Daikin Comfort Technologies Manufacturing of Houston, Texas, formerly known as Goodman Manufacturing Company, is expanding its recall of evaporator coil drain pans.

The expansion adds 3,600 units to the 342,000 sold in the U.S. and Canada that were recalled in November 2021 and in July 2022.

The molded plastic drain pan located at the bottom of the evaporator coil can overheat, melt and deform, posing a fire hazard.

The firm has received a total of 31 reports of fire involving the drain pans, including five reports since the recall was re-announced in July 2022. The incidents resulted in one reported smoke inhalation and several reports of significant fire and smoke damage to residences.

This recall expansion includes certain units manufactured between January 2019, and February 2020, that were incorrectly marked. Daikin recently discovered that a limited number of evaporator coils that were manufactured during that time frame were incorrectly marked with a 2018 serial number, indicating that the unit was manufactured in 2018.

The recall scope now includes about 3,600 additional units with the following configurations and coil serial numbers, which may be found here.

NOTE: Furnace systems that were repaired with a new evaporator coil drain pan between January 2019, and November 2021, with the serial number range listed above, are also included in this recall.

Whether a non-condensing furnace system falls within the scope of the recall depends on the location of the burners, which, if unknown, can be verified through Dainkin's model verification tool at https://www.recallrtr.com/drainpan.

Affected units can be identified through serial numbers found on the evaporator coil or the case, which sits atop the vertically installed furnace.

The furnace brand and model number can be found on the furnace on the “Energy Guide” label. Consumers can refer to the instructions on Goodman’s model verification tool at https://www.recallrtr.com/drainpan.

The model number of the outdoor condenser may also be required and can be found on a label attached to the product.

The recalled items, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at heating and cooling equipment independent dealers nationwide from January 2019, through November 2021, for between $200 and $1,200 per unit.

Consumers may have purchased a bundled product including the coil, furnace, installation, and ancillary parts and supplies, or may have purchased the evaporator coil drain pan separately as a replacement product.

What to do

Consumers should contact Daikin to determine whether their unit is included in this recall and to register for the free repair by a qualified technician.

Daikin is contacting all registered consumers where records indicate their gas furnace system is subject to the recall.

Consumers may contact Daikin toll-free at (888) 520-0579 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday, or online at www.recallrtr.com/drainpan or www.goodmanmfg.com and click on “PRODUCT RECALL” at the bottom of the page for more information.

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