If you’ve replaced your old “dumb” thermostat with a nifty new programmable model — which is a great idea, by the way — you might want to check real quick to make sure it’s not a White-Rodgers model. The CPSC recently announced the recall of some White-Rodgers thermostats as they “constantly charge the backup AA batteries used to power the thermostat’s clock. This can cause the batteries to leak, resulting in a fire hazard.”
Affected thermostats will look like the one above, and will display model numbers of 1F88-XXX or 1F85RF-275 and date codes beginning with 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, or 1001 through 1039. About 180,000 of the thermostats were sold by wholesalers and/or distributed by “40 utility companies to consumers nationwide who took part in energy conservation programs.” Canadians got 8,300 of ’em, too.
If you have one of the affected models, contact White-Rodgers at (888) 624-1901 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday for a remedy.
Do not, however, let this turn you off from the idea of programmable thermostats. They’ll not only save you significant cash but also will help keep you much more comfortable. (I have two of them and wouldn’t trade ’em for anything.)