Samsung Over The Range Microwave Recalled

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is voluntarily recalling 43,000 over the range microwave ovens.

On some units, a capacitor may have been inadvertently put in the incorrect location. As a result, there is some possibility that an installation bolt can contact the terminal on the capacitor of the ventilation motor. In these circumstances, if the power cord is connected to an ungrounded outlet, there could be a risk of shock.

The SMH915x models, produced in Malaysia, were sold between January 2009 and July 2009.  If you own one of these recalled appliances  unplug and stop using it immediately. Contact Samsung toll-free at (888) 402-6974 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET 7 days a week to schedule a free repair.

CPSC is interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product.


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Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater

GE home heat pump water heaterAfter air heating and cooling, home water heating is the largest in residential energy consumption. Hot water heaters are responsible for about 17% of residential energy use.

The new industry-exclusive GE Hybrid Electric Water Heater is designed to provide the same hot water homeowners are accustomed to, but requires only about half the energy to produce it.

The water heater first uses a heat pump to bring the water up to the temperature of the ambient air. Then the electric water heater takes over, bringing the water up to 140 degrees F. This takes longer than direct heating but it only consumes 550 watts of power. If you need more power for visitor’s showers, then the electric element kicks in providing more hot water with a shorter recovery time.

The GE Hybrid Electric Water Heater is designed for easy installation because it uses the existing water and electrical connections and occupies the same footprint as a traditional tank water heater, making it perfect for new construction or a replacement upgrade.

A 30% federal tax credit may kick in for those qualified, alongside some state side Energy Star savings.

* Consumes up to 62%* less energy than a standard electric water heater
* Results in energy savings of $320 per year*
* Exceeds ENERGY STAR® minimum requirements of 2.0 Energy Factor (EF) with 2.35 EF
* Available  November 2009 in 50 gallon size

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24″ Ranges

A 24″ range is a great appliance for a tiny kitchen.  While the choices were once slim, today there are many to choose from. 

Fisher & Paykel smooth top range
This little gem has a sleek glass top and a warming drawer with moisture selector. The self clean cycle makes it great for a busy home.

Fish & Paykel range

BlueStar Range with swing door
The versatility of this all-gas range makes it a favorite.  The griddle top is a must for a vacation home.


American Range commercial grade range
This range offers sealed burners with infinite controls and multiple oven settings including convection.  The large glass door makes keeping an eye on food easy.

American Range

Vulcan restuarant-style 24″ range
This little powerhouse offers 115,000 total BTU with the oven totalling 35,000 BTU.  Option casters are available too.

vulcan range

Avanti  duel fuel range
If you prefer a duel fuel range, the Avanti is a great choice.  It’s self-cleaning oven reaches temperatures between 120 and 480 degrees.  If you are really tight on space, Avanti also offers 20″ ranges.

Avanti range

Smeg gas range
This beautiful range comes in all gas or a dual fuel model.  Heavy duty continuous grates can handle the largest of pots.  9 cooking modes are available as well as an electronic cooking display. Optional LP conversion kit is also available.

 Smeg Range

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