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Venmar Recalls Heat Recovery Ventilators Due to Fire Hazard

Reports of Property Damage

Venmar CES Inc., of Saskatoon, Canada is recalling about 3,400 Light Commercial Heat Recovery Ventilators because the motors in these units can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

To datae, Venmar CES has received three reports of ventilator motors overheating, resulting in fires which caused property damage.

Light Commercial Heat Recovery Ventilators are designed to exchange air between the inside and outside of a building or home in order to provide fresh air.

The ventilators were sold through heating, plumbing and building supply distributors across the US, from January 1991 through July 2007 for between $1,700 and $2,000.

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Published on Aug-22-08


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This is my second post on here. I will be taking the distributor in Owen Sound to small claims court for replacement of my unit. The distributor has continued to sell vemar Vanee units using the same fan motor that was used in all the recalls before mine and after mine.
The safetay recall is just to take an item out of service by under fusing it at the wall plug, This is pathetic that our government allowes Venmar to do this. This is guaranteed to pop the fuse because trhe motor is designed to be fused at two Amps as printed on the label.
I will let you know how the small claims court goes as I will not sign any kind of shut my mouth deal once I file the case.

Thank You
Rob McLaughlin

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Venmar unit cause a fire in my home in 2010.
Had to hire an attorney to address my losses.
Took 7 1/2 years as Venmar resists and counts on homeowners insurance to cover losses and then Venmar pays my insurance. That way Venmar only has to pay the 80 percent of the losses caused by their negligence. Fire happened during the day. Lucky to be alive!
Kathy Mantha

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Mine caught fire as well but it was daytime and home so saved my house and family. I am taking small claims action against my local distributors involved and the installer who sold and installed it. My claime is for a new unit as they will not supply me with the me improved motor and boar to put it back in action. In court i am requeting an entire replacement unit. I will check and make sure the board and motor are not the same as recalled units. My case is based on they supplied a unit that contained the same parts that triggered the initial recall. Also i am getting the OPP to investigate criminal charges. But i am also interested in joining a class action againt Venmar for mental anguish ect because this will cause me to sleep with one eye open at all times.
Thank you
Rob McLaughlin

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Our Venmar caught fire a few summers ago causing significant damage to the inside. We have been dealing with venmar since and they have the worst customer service in the world. Their recent registered letter says we have till Jan 9 to sighn a waiver and they will fix the defective parts as long as we agree to that they are not responsible for anything else. Or they will dispose of the unit and close the file.
Please advise feeling very frusterated by their incompetence.


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