It is important that homeowners are aware of every recall that is announced whether it is big or small, as recalled appliances can pose a danger to homeowners. Thusly, while a recent recall of water heaters only affected a small number of units, it is still critical that homeowners be alerted to the possible threat these appliances could pose. Here is everything you need to know about this recall.
On November 8, 2018, A. O. Smith Corp of Milwaukee, Wis. recalled roughly 200 of their 30-gallon water heaters. The units were recalled due to the fact that the water heater’s flame arrestor can fail, posing a potential fire hazard. Fortunately, at the time that the recall was announced, no incidents involving fires had been reported; this appears to be a preemptive recall initiated by the manufacturer in order to prevent such occurrences. However, this is not A. O. Smith’s first recall involving water heaters as they also announced another recall of water heater the same day that affects over half a million units.
This recall specifically involves A. O. Smith 30-gallon natural gas water heaters with the model number G6-UT3030NV and serial numbers with the first four digits between 1805 and 1809. You can find the model number and serial number for this unit on a data plate located next to the unit’s thermostat. These water heaters were sold exclusively at Lowe’s stores from February to April 2018 for between $540 and $610.
Your Next Steps
If you believe that your water heater is one of the affected units, the most important thing for you to do is to immediately stop using, and turn off the recalled water heater. You will then want to contact A. O. Smith to schedule a free inspection and repair of the affected unit. While our experienced technicians can provide a variety of appliance repair services, it is critical to contact the manufacturer in the event of a recall in order to ensure that the issue is resolved properly. However, feel free to contact us in regards to any other appliance repair needs you may have.