Ontario Home Inspection Services Helps Avert A Potential Disaster
In a recent home inspection in Toronto, our client had requested the RecallChek program as part of our Standard Package. Several appliances were recorded and within 24 hours of submission, the client was notified that there was a potential issue with one of the appliances that was included in their home purchase.
During the inspection it was noted that this particular appliance, a dishwasher, was found to have the circuit breaker turned off. The homeowner, who was present, suggested to turn it back on and the dishwasher was tested as part of the inspection process. There were no issues found at that time.
Upon recieving the RecallChek report, it was noted that this particular dishwasher had recieved 12 reports of heating element failures that resulted in fires and dishwasher damage, including one report of extensive kitchen damage from a fire. No injuries were reported.
The manufacturer issued the recall urging consumers to:
- immediately stop using the recalled dishwasher,
- disconnect the electric suppy by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it, inform all users of the dishwaher abou the risk of fire and
- contact the manufacturer to verify that the unit was included in the recall
With the circuit breaker off at the time of the inspection, does this mean that the homeowner was aware of the recall and followed the manufactures instructions but failed to inform my client? Would this be considered a case of failing to disclose?
I'm not sure what the implications would be on the homeowner, but now that my client is aware, they are moving forward to work with the homeowner to ensure that the unit is either fixed by a certified technician or that it's replaced prior to them taking possession.
I can't imagine the results had this unit gone undetected. RecallChek has certainly provided my client with extreme peace of mind.
Ontario Home Inspection Services offers each client the opportunity to take part in it's RecallChek program.
RecallChek is a program where the Home Inspector records the make, model number and serial number of each appliance in the home. These numbers are then submitted to Recallchek.com where each appliance is checked to a national database of appliance recalls. If there are any issues, the client, their agent and the inspector are notified and corrective action can be taken.
If you don't need a home inspection you can still take part in the RecallChek program for the appliances in your home. Click here to find out how you can participate.
Do you know anyone that had a loss due to a defective appliance?