Lennox Industries Inc. has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it manufactured and sold defective evaporator coils. If you purchased at least one uncoated copper tube Lennox Aire-Flo, Armstrong Air, AirEase, Concord or Ducane brand evaporator coil, you could be eligible for benefits from the class action settlement.
The evaporator coil class action settlement will resolve allegations that Lennox manufactures and sells air conditioning and heat pump systems that contain defective evaporator coils that are susceptible to corrosion. The plaintiffs allege the evaporator coils, which are made with copper tubing, experience a chemical reaction that causes microscopic tunnels to form and causes the coils to leak refrigerant.
The Lennox evaporator coil class action lawsuit alleges Lennox knew or should have known about the evaporator coil defect, and that it should have informed customers about the defect. According to the plaintiffs, Lennox should have replaced the coils instead of the refrigerant in the unit when the evaporator coils leaked. The plaintiffs also claim that Lennox should have manufactured the evaporator coils with coated copper or aluminum tubing to decrease the risk of corrosion and leakage.
Lennox denies the allegations but has agreed to settle the class action lawsuit to avoid the risk and expense of ongoing litigation.
UPDATE: Beginning late March 2016, the Settlement Administrator will start notifying individuals who filed a Claim Form about their status. Class Members can visit the “Check Claim Status” page on the Settlement website to check on their claim.
Class Members of the Lennox evaporator coil settlement include “all U.S. residents who, between Oct. 29, 2007 and July 9, 2015, purchased at least one uncoated copper tube Lennox brand, Aire-Flo brand, Armstrong Air brand, AirEase brand, Concord brand, or Ducane brand evaporator coil, covered by an Original Warranty, for their personal, their family, or their household purposes, that was installed in a house, condominium unit, apartment unit, or any other residential dwelling located in the United States.”
The evaporator coils may have been purchased separately, as part of an air handler, or they may have been included as part of a packaged unit.
Class Members who submit timely and valid claims for the Lennox evaporator coil settlement will be eligible to receive:
- A one-time $75 service rebate;
- An aluminum tube or coated copper tube replacement coil after the first coil replacement;
- Up to $550 as a retroactive reimbursement for labor and refrigerant charges for the replacement of the original coil (in the event there is more than one coil replacement); and
- Up to $550 as reimbursement for labor and refrigerant charges for each uncoated copper tube coil replacement after the first replacement.
Note: To be eligible for benefits, the Class Member must have experienced a leak that required replacement within five years after installation.
Proof of Purchase
Class Members must provide documentation of purchase, repair, and service dates and costs, as applicable.
Claim Form Deadline
NOTE: If your original coil is replaced with a replacement coil within five years of the date of installation and on or after Dec. 4, 2015, you must submit a Claim Form within 60 days after the date on which the original coil was replaced.
Thomas v. Lennox Industries Inc., Case No. 13-cv-07747, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Thomas v. Lennox Industries Inc.
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