With summer upon us, you will likely be turning on your air conditioner once again to keep your home cool. However, if you rely on a portable air conditioner to stay cool during the summer, you should be aware of a recent recall involving portable air conditioners sold by LG Electronics USA, Inc. If you own an LG portable air conditioner, here is an overview of everything you need to know about this recall.
The Cause of the Recall
On December 16, 2016, LG announced a recall of nearly 500,000 of their portable air conditioners as these air conditions can overheat, posing a risk of fire. Currently, LG has received four reports of these air conditions causing fires that have resulted in nearly $400,000 worth of property damage. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported at this point.
The Recalled Units
The units involved in the recall were sold at Home Depot, as well as other retailers nationwide, from February 2011 through August 2016 for between $250 and $280. Three models were affected by this recall including models LP0711WNR, LP0813WNR, and LP014WNR. These air conditioners are tan/white with the LG logo on the front, and they measure 30 inches tall, 12 inches wide, and 14 inches deep. The model number can be located on the product’s left-side panel.
What You Should Do
If you determine that your portable air conditioner is one of the affected models, you may be wondering what your next course of action should be. The most important thing for you to do is to stop using the air conditioner and unplug the unit, as this will prevent any overheating. You should then contact LG to find out about scheduling a free repair of the unit. While our technicians have experience repairing a wide variety of air conditioners, it is best to contact the manufacturer in the event of a recall as they will repair or replace the affected unit for free. You can contact LG about the recall by calling them toll-free at 855-791-0808, or by visiting them online at www.lgportableacrecall.com.