Does Your Home Inspector Look for Safety Recalls?

Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc. TN Lic#050

At least once a week, I run across an appliance that is on a recall list from some major appliance manufacturer. This week, I ran across 2 GE dishwashers that are on the Consumer Product Safety Commissions (CPSC) list of recalled appliances. With about 2.5 million of these manufactured, there are still bound to be several of them out there.

If you have a GE dishwasher check the serial number see below. The serial number will start with a three letter sequence followed by numbers. The serial number starts with two letters. First check to see if your model number is in the recall series. Then check the first two letters of the serial number. If you have a match on both then contact General Electric toll-free at (877) 607-6395 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday. They are offering $150.00 towards the replacement of the unit.

The money that will be saved avoiding potential fire damages, will more than pay for the cost of the home inspection. I urge you to forward this on to your favorite home inspector and request that you have them check for this units. Your buyer will thank you for it.

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Helpful Hyperlinks

ASHI - American Society of Home Inspectors

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CPSC - Consumer Products Safety Commission

Recalls.Gov - Product Recalls

GE Appliance Recalls

Recalls Related to Household Products – Listed most recent first

Maytag® and Jenn-Air® Dishwasher Recall

Maytag® and Samsung™ Brand Front Loading Washing Machine Recall

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Adam Brett
The Adam and Eric Group - Fullerton, CA
The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest

I don't feel it is the inspector's job to look for recalled appliances.  He is there to tell you if it is operable and installed properly.

Jun 01, 2008 06:45 AM #1
Barry Bridges
Barry Bridges Weichert Realtors Bridges & Co. - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Lake professional

But if you do    Thanks!

Jun 01, 2008 07:00 AM #2
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

So many things to keep track of ... lucky I have a tiny footprint.  Wouldn't want to keep track of household recalls.  That's the only reason I didn't just buy an Airstream so I can pick up whenever I want to and relocate... there are too many gadgets in an Airstream I don't know how to use.  Probably lots of recalls to0.

Jun 01, 2008 08:26 AM #3
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the imformation. I'll make a note of the information for future reference.


PS: Another day on the patio with my coffee. Internal server error 502 was the cause.

Jun 01, 2008 10:07 AM #4
Debbie DiFonzo
Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri - Lebanon, MO
Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate

Great information Michael - Ive never had a home inspector mention a recall. I wonder if that opens up a window of liability if you miss one?

Jun 01, 2008 01:46 PM #5
Sean Allen
International Financing Solutions - Fort Myers, FL
International Financing Solutions

Quite a few years ago my folks had a GE dishwasher which caught fire and luckily my folks  were home and got the fire out before the rest of the house went POOF!!

Sean Allen

Jun 03, 2008 01:16 AM #6
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