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Replies: 9083supergold June 25, 2019 at 1:48 pm
With up to 80% of faulty indoor electric heaters potentially still in use, is the recall system in need of a major shake-up?
UPDATE: As of June 2019, two more heaters have been recalled. An open flue space heater and an open flued gas log fireplace, both for producing potentially high levels of carbon monoxide.
It probably comes as no surprise that out of New Zealand’s 1.5 million homes, approximately half still lack the proper insulation. That means that when it comes to keeping our notoriously chilly abodes at least somewhat dry and warm, indoor electric heaters tend to be the most popular option.
In fact, the data speaks for itself, with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) estimating that the vast majority of heater sales in 2015 were for electric heaters (250,000), while heat pump (98,000), wood fire (34,000) and gas space (14,600) sales dwarfed in comparison. Meanwhile, retail data also shows that heater sales are continuing on an upward trend, with The Warehouse and Noel Leeming reporting a 20% and 30% increase in sales volumes from this time last year.
But as electric heaters soar in popularity, so does their likelihood of causing a household fire. While approximately half of heater-related incidents are a result of human error (ie placing a flammable object too close to the heater), a sizeable number of incidents are also caused by a malfunction within the heater itself, triggering – in some cases – a product recall.
The article plus more information relating to this warning is in the link below. Please take the time to read it.
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Replies: 9083supergold June 26, 2019 at 10:19 pm
There are several different types of panel heaters which have also been recalled.
Please check the link in the previous post to see if you have any of the recalled heaters in your home. They all seem to have been purchased from Bunnings, Mitre 10, The Warehouse, Farmers, Noel Leemings, Briscoes, plus other unknown stockists.
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