Class Action Suit
Johnson Controls, Inc. has been named in a class-action lawsuit regarding leaking copper coils.
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.
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.
Information Provided to GHAC, Inc. Regarding the Suit:
- Johnson Controls, which produces York Heating & Cooling products, has chosen to pursue a settlement option for this case.
- The case is specific to uncoated copper tube evaporator and condenser coils that have failed due to formicary corrosion. Tin-coated and aluminum coils are not impacted by this case.
- A letter and claim form was recently sent to homeowners by the attorneys without providing any advance notice; one per each qualifying registered serial number. The specific serial number is printed/barcoded on the outside of the letter. If more than one serial number is impacted at a property, multiple letters were sent. Again, it’s one letter for every serial number installed & registered at a property.
- No settlement vouchers/payments related to this case will be distributed until after the fairness hearing, scheduled for August 16, 2017. As we understand it, the letter is a solicitation for owners of these serial numbers to apply to be a part of the settlement if they think they meet the settlement conditions.
- After successfully passing the fairness hearing, homeowners will have at least another 120 days after the Court’s Final Judgement and Order of Dismissal (August at the earliest) –OR- 120 days after the Settlement Class Member experiences a copper coil failure while that coil is covered by the original warranty period.
- The claim site is http://www.jccoppercoilsettlement.com. Details and updates will be posted there or concerned parties may call the hotline at 1-855-510-2035.
- Contractors have been asked not to attempt to provide further information. It is important that consumers receive information through the court-approved processes. Use the phone number and website above.