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Over Half A Million Water Heaters Have Been Recalled After Starting Fires

We have some pretty bad news for homeowners. The A.O. Smith Corporation announced this week that they are recalling over 616,000 water heaters because of a possible fire hazard. If you are renting or own a home, you might want to pay attention to this.

According to a United States Consumer Product Safety Commission release, the A.O. Smith Ultra-Low NOx water heater's gas burner screen can tear, creating excess heat, according to the commission. But here’s the thing: some water heaters may be installed directly on a combustible floor and could cause a fire, and that is something you definitely don’t want, as it can easily happen at any given time. Unfortunately, this has already happened six times, according to the recall notice.

Credit: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

The A.O. Smith water heaters were sold between April 2011 and December 2016. If you purchased one during that time, definitely take a look at your water heater in your garage. The first recall affects the Residential Ultra-Low NOx Water Heaters in 30-, 40-, and 50-gallon sizes, and the 30-gallon A.O. Smith brand model G6-UT303NV.

According to Popular Mechanics, water heaters should last about 8 to 12 years. If you’ve noticed that your morning shower isn’t as hot as it used to be, there might be a few reasons for it. In older water heaters, the heating elements can also lose their power because of a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse, so check the fuse box. Burner or pilot failure: For a gas-powered heater, a burner unit below the tank contains the gas jets that ignite to transfer heat to the water in the tank.

Credit: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Also, keep in mind that the average cost to repair a broken water heater is $483. Most homeowners pay between $244 and $576 to have their broken hot water heaters fixed.  Of course, this all depends on where you live, too. Definitely have a certified plumber or handy man check your water heater at home, should you have any additional questions or concerns. When it comes to your family’s safety, it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry.

If you purchased Whirlpool, U.S. Craftmaster, American Water Heater, State, Reliance, A. O. Smith or Kenmore-brand heater, you check to see if your heater is affected.

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