Class Action Investigation Over Air Conditioner Freon Leaks
Last Updated on May 1, 2020
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are no longer investigating this matter. The information here is for reference only. A list of open investigations and lawsuits can be viewed here.
At A Glance
- This Alert Affects
- Anyone who experienced a problem with their HVAC unit.
- What's the Problem?
- It is believed that the evaporator coils in some HVAC systems are defective and can crack or corrode, resulting in leaks and other problems. Attorneys are looking into determining whether lawsuits can be filed against the makers of these HVAC units.
- Type of Lawsuit
- Class action
- Which Brands Are Under Investigation?
- Gemaire, Frigidaire, Rheem, Rudd, Weatherking, Carrier, Bryant, Goodman, Amana, Janitrol, Maytag, Nordyne, Aspen Manufacturing, Trane/American Standard, Lennox, Ducane, York, Coleman, Intertherm, Miller, General Electric, Luxaire, Tempstar, Comfortmaker, Heil, Arcoaire, Day & Night, and Keeprite.
Attorneys are investigating reports that a number of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) were built with defective evaporator coils. It is believed that the coils are too thin and can corrode, and that this allows refrigerant to leak and renders the units ineffective. In light of these allegations, attorneys believe that class action lawsuits could be filed against the manufacturers of these units.
What Brands Are Under Investigation?
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating claims involving certain HVAC systems, heat pumps, air handlers and air conditioners sold under the following brand names:
- Rheem (also sold as Ruud and Weatherking)
- Aspen Manufacturing
- Trane (also sold as American Standard)
- Carrier (also sold as Bryant)
- Lennox (also sold as Ducane)
- Goodman (also sold as Amana and Janitrol)
- York (also sold as Coleman and Luxaire)
- General Electric
- Day & Night
It has been alleged that certain HVAC manufacturers may be misrepresenting the quality of their air conditioners and other products. It is also believed they may have deliberately misled consumers by selling products they knew to be defective.
What’s Wrong with the Evaporator Coils?
Evaporator coils are an integral part of any HVAC unit’s cooling system. The coils carry pressurized refrigerant – commonly Freon, but often a more modern replacement known as R-410A – that works to cool the air around it. If the coil is defective or unable to withstand the pressure of the refrigerant, the unit may begin to leak coolant and will be unable to cool the air. It is believed that this alleged defect may result in higher-than-normal electricity bills for the property owner. Furthermore, consumers may also need to spend money to repair and/or replace their units should the problem persist. Potentially, a class action lawsuit could seek compensation for these and other costs.
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