There have been several product recalls this year involving fire hazards. Sometimes products meant to control temperature or humidity can be manufactured in a way that makes them potentially dangerous. For instance, Gree recalled more than two million dehumidifiers last week after approximately $2.15 million worth of property damage was reported by consumers. According to the CPSC, the dehumidifiers could overheat and catch fire. Now, another product is being recalled due to overheating. Waterlogic is currently recalling approximately 48,000 water cooling and heating systems due to the risk of a fire.
The CPSC reports that “the hot water tank [in the water systems] can stop functioning and cause the machine to overheat, posing a fire hazard.” The company has received 16 reports of the water dispensers producing fire and smoke. However, there have been no reports of injuries or property damage.
The recalled water systems provide hot and cold water to consumers at home and at work. The units were manufactured in the colors white, black and stainless steel, and are 18, 40 or 48 inches tall. Additionally, the units are labeled with one of the following brands: “AquaMark, Coolersmart, Culligan, Innowave, Waterlogic and Xstream Water,” according to the CPSC. Waterlogic provides a search engine for the serial numbers of all affected models on its website.
The recalled water systems were sold through distributors and dealers that sold water and coffee systems from January 2005 through December 2008. The water systems were priced from $500 to $1500 for dealers to lease to consumers. Distributors of the affected models will be contacted by Waterlogic and provided a list of the affected models as well as instructions and supplies to repair the units. Consumers can contact Waterlogic at 855-905-2002 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT weekdays for more information about the recall.