Jeff Flowers on December 17, 2016 47 Comments LG Electronics has announced a recall for nearly half a million portable air conditioners due a small component inside the units that may overheat and pose a risk of igniting a fire. The recall includes three of their smaller units, one with 7,000 BTU and two others with 8,000 BTU’s. This recall was announced by both LG Electronics and the Consumer Products Safety Commission on December 19, 2016. 1. What Models Were Recalled? The recalled air conditioners include the following three models: LP0711WNR – 7,000 BTU LP0813WNR – 8,000 BTU LP0814WNR – 8,000 BTU With a deep assortment of air conditioners that goes far beyond their line of portable units, it must be strongly emphasized that the vast majority of air conditioners manufactured by LG are, by all measures, safe to use and not included in this recall. This not only includes other portable air conditioners, but also their selection of window, through-the-wall and ductless units. 2. How Do I Find Out If My Air Conditioner Is Recalled? To find out if you are affected by this recall, we would advise that you follow these instructions: Unplug the Device — First things first, unplug the device. This will prevent the device from overheating. Even if you don’t think the AC unit you own is affected, play it safe until you can confirm. Find the Model Number — Locate the model number located on the left side of the air conditioner. Check the Serial Number — Once you have located the model and serial number, you should visit LG’s recall website to verify if your particular unit has been affected by the recall. Look for the Logo — Does your portable air conditioner have the LG logo prominently displayed? This is significant as all three of the affected models have the logo displayed front and center. It is important to note that this does not supersede the need to confirm if your AC unit is affected. Contact LG — After you have completed the above steps or if you are unsure if your device is under recall, you should give LG a call at 855-791-0808. You will then be able to follow their instructions to safely remove, repair or replace the air conditioner. 3. Where Were These AC Units Sold? The portable air conditioning units affected by this recall were sold at many popular retailers between February 2011 to August 2016. While Home Depot is named as the primary seller listed within the official announcement, all three of these models were also sold by other popular retailers, including Best Buy, WalMart and Amazon, as well as many other online retailers. Some of whom, appear to still be selling the recalled models. 4. Will More Portable Air Conditioners Be Recalled? At this moment, just one day after the recall was voluntary announced by LG, it only includes the three models listed above. It is unlikely to grow beyond those three AC units. However, as we’ve learned from the recall of Gree dehumidifiers that continues to plague consumers three years after the original recall was announced, this list of affected air conditioners may grow. Emphasis on may, as this is entirely possible, yet unlikely. 5. Are Portable Air Conditioners Safe? In light of this recall, you may be asking yourself if these air conditioners are safe to use. If you own one of the three models above, the answer is no. It is absolutely not safe to knowingly use a product that is under recall or confirmed to pose a risk of catching fire. Once you have had your unit repaired, it may be safe to use. If you have any doubts, do not use the air conditioner. In a more general sense, yes… portable air conditioners are much like any other common household appliance and are safe to use for both residential and commercial purposes. Millions of these air conditioners are used around the world every day. Of course, the safety of any appliance is wholly dependent on how the appliance is used. Please note: If any other LG portable air conditioners are recalled, we will update this article to reflect the change. As of the date of this publication, only the three models listed above are affected. Those models include: LP0711WNR, LP0813WNR, LP0814WNR.