Learn Why These Oil Heaters Are Being Replaced For Free
The De’Longhi website sells dozens of products across more than 40 pages, including their extremely popular DeLonghi Oil Filled Heaters. You can also buy high-end toasters, sleek cappuccino and espresso machines, indoor grills, BBQ accessories, food blenders, confection ovens, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and air purifiers.
But their website –– which is available in over 55 different languages –– doesn’t tell you that between 1980 through 1988, De’Longhi manufactured 3.6 million oil-filled radiator-type electric heaters that were defective.
In addition, you won’t find any information on their website that only about 250,000 of these electric heaters have been replaced, so there are still over 3 million of these dangerous heaters on the market –– and many of them are still in people’s homes or offices.
And their website also doesn’t tell you that these types of heaters have exploded, caught fire, or caused black smoke to fill a room, resulting in 85 lawsuits to date. But with all of these problems dating back 30+ years, the company still wants to keep these unsafe heaters a secret from the public.
Furthermore, this information about defective DeLonghi Oil Filled Heaters:
- Is not in their FAQs for “Radiant Heater”
- Is not in their Service section
- Is not in their Support section
- And can’t be found anywhere else on their website.
In fact, to this day, despite numerous reports of deaths and injuries caused by these malfunctioning heaters, De’Longhi has still refused to place an alert on any of their websites around the world.
A Free Radiator Replacement Program
Even worse, the De’Longhi website doesn’t tell you that the company is offering a replacement program for these small radiators –– at no cost to you –– to switch out the defective heater with an up-to-date model.
What To Look For If You Own A DeLonghi Heater
These particular DeLonghi Oil Filled Heaters that were subject to recall are beige or tan, have a silver sticker on the underside of the metal box holding their controls, and the stickers begin with the digits “80” through “88” to identify specific units whose control panels are being voluntarily upgraded.
The recall included these Delonghi oil-filled heater models: 9306, 9308, 9608, 5108, 5108T 4308, 5307, 4707, 3107, 3107T, and these serial numbers, which may be contaminated with PCBs: 86-20 or lower.
Despite reports of electrical failures within some of the heater’s control
panels, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) considers
these to be potential fire hazards in some of the electric controls.
What Else The De’Longhi Website Doesn’t Tell You
A few more salient facts:
- The website doesn’t tell you that some of these types of heaters were sold with Sears and Welbilt brand names.
- It doesn’t tell you that the heaters bearing the code number “816F” next to the Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) label on the side of the metal control box signifies some of their faulty heaters.
- And it doesn’t mention that these heaters were built in Italy, so they were not designed for American power sources. This design defect causes the heaters to overheat, resulting in fires.
You Can Participate in Free The Heater Replacement Program
Finally, the website doesn’t tell you that the CPSC urges ALL owners these particular DeLonghi oil filled heaters, manufactured between 1980 and 1988, to participate in the heater replacement program by calling 1-800-322-3848 to arrange for a new unit to replace a potentially dangerous portable electric radiator. Just cut the power cord, mail it back to DeLonghi America, and they will send you a new heater.