De’Longhi Manufactured Over 3.5 Million Oil-Filled Radiator-Type Electric Heaters Between 1980 and 1988 That Were later Found To Have A Faulty Switch Which Is Defective and Causes Fires.
DeLonghi Oil-Filled Radiator Heaters, known as “The Incredible Heat Machine,” are also known for their Delonghi Heater Faulty Switch that has caused fires in the past.
The fact is, De’Longhi manufactured over 3.5 million oil-filled radiator-type electric heaters between 1980 and 1988 that were later found to be defective.
Of those, only about 7% –– or a quarter-million of these portable space heaters –– may have been replaced, which means that there are approximately 3 million heaters from that time about 30 years ago that are still heating people’s homes and offices.
You should know that these heaters have a faulty switch, which has caused it to explode, to emit thick black smoke, and to spew harmful PCBs, and actually to catch fire.
But That’s Not The Worst of It.
These heaters have killed people across the United States, resulting in about 85 lawsuits to date.
Because these products were manufactured in Italy with a Delonghi Heater Faulty Switch, they were not designed for U.S. power sources, which have decidedly different voltage requirements.
That’s why the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) considers these to be potential fire hazards because of some of their electric controls.
What To Look For In Your DeLonghi Heater.
Delonghi, Sears and Welbilt manufactured these types of heaters in beige or tan, with a silver sticker on the underside of the metal box holding their controls, with stickers “80” through “88” to identify the year they were made.
The particular models that were found to be defective include: 9306, 9308, 9608, 5108, 5108T 4308, 5307, 4707, 3107, 3107T, and these serial numbers, which may be contaminated with PCBs: 86-20 or lower.
In addition, heaters bearing the code number “816F” next to the Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) label.
Replace Your Delonghi Heater Faulty Switch with a New Heater before it causes a fire.
The CPSC is requesting that all owners of these 1980 to 1988 DeLonghi oil-filled heaters participate in their heater replacement program.
Just call 1-800-322-3848 to request that DeLonghi replace the potentially dangerous portable electric radiator in your home or office. Just cut your unit’s power cord, mail it back to DeLonghi America, and they will send you a new replacement heater.