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John Dippoliti bought Trane US, Inc. heating equipment from C&C Heating and Air Conditioning Company because he believed the equipment was reliable. However, when the system failed, the complaint for this class action says, he discovered that the problem was inherent in the design of the unit—a flawed combination of rust inhibitor, compressor oil, and a particular TXV valve design.

Five classes have been identified in this action, one for each of the separate counts in the complaint. The Breach of Express Warranty Class is all persons who, between June 26, 2014 and June 26, 2018, bought Trane HVAC units with the same combination of rust inhibitor, compressor oil, and TXV valve design as in Dippoliti’s unit, in the US, except Louisiana and Puerto Rico.

The other classes, for Breach of Implied Warranty, Fraud, Deceptive Trade Practices Under Michigan Law, and Deceptive Trade Practices Under New Jersey Law, are similar, with class periods of four or six years, all relating to the combination of rust inhibitor, compressor oil, and TXV valve design as in Dippoliti’s unit.

Dippoliti chose Trane because the company touted the reliability of its equipment. The company claimed to sell “America’s Most Reliable™ HVAC System.” As quoted in the complaint, the company’s website claimed, “We don’t just build our products—we own patents on them. And we don’t just test our products—we push them to the extreme. If our product can’t make it through torturous testing, you’ll never see it in your home.” It added, “It’s that kind of reliability that’s earned us America’s Most Trusted HVAC System, three years in a row…”

On October 9, 2014, Dippoliti bought a Trane furnace and condenser from C&C for $6,495, to heat and cool their home.

In 2018, the thermostatic expansion valve (TXV) in the unit malfunctioned. C&C sent out a technician, who first added MJ-X oil, as per a Trane service bulletin. When the valve still did not work properly, he replaced it with another Trane TXV valve. Although the part was free, because the unit was still under warranty, Dippoliti had to pay $550 for labor.

Eventually, Dippoliti learned that the problem was likely caused by a rust inhibitor reacting with the oil in the compressor, which then forms matter, which makes the valve stick and fail. According to the complaint, Trane had issued at least one service bulletin on the topic, and the Internet shows numerous complaints about this same malfunction. 

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Trane HVAC Unit Defective TXV Valve and Materials Complaint

June 26, 2018

John Dippoliti bought Trane US, Inc. heating equipment from C&C Heating and Air Conditioning Company because he believed the equipment was reliable. However, when the system failed, the complaint for this class action says, he discovered that the problem was inherent in the design of the unit—a flawed combination of rust inhibitor, compressor oil, and a particular TXV valve design. 

trane_defctive_ac_complaint.pdf

Case Event History

Trane HVAC Unit Defective TXV Valve and Materials Complaint

June 26, 2018

John Dippoliti bought Trane US, Inc. heating equipment from C&C Heating and Air Conditioning Company because he believed the equipment was reliable. However, when the system failed, the complaint for this class action says, he discovered that the problem was inherent in the design of the unit—a flawed combination of rust inhibitor, compressor oil, and a particular TXV valve design. 

trane_defctive_ac_complaint.pdf
Tags: Air Conditioning Unit, Defective Home Appliance
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A settlement has been reached on behalf of nearly 500,000 current and former owners of Trane and American Standard air conditioners manufactured with an unapproved rust inhibitor that caused many units to fail. The plaintiffs in the class action suit were represented by James C. Shah of Shepherd Finkleman Miller & Shah, LLP and Timothy N. Mathews, Esq. and Zachary P. Beatty, Esq. of Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith, LLP.

To get extended and enhanced Compressor Warranty Coverage, claimants must submit a Claim Form postmarked by Friday, September 25, 2020, unless you received a notice specifically stating that they do not need to.

Lawsuit allegations

The lawsuit alleges that in certain air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured by the defendants, sticky deposits would form on the thermostatic expansion valve (TXV). When the air conditioners failed due to this problem, Trane instructed service personal to inject an acidic additive into the TXV rather than replace the valve, potentially threatening the compressor’s long-term reliability.

Manufacturer denies wrongdoing

Trane denies any wrongdoing, and the Court did not decide in favor of either Trane or the plaintiffs. Both sides, however, agreed to the settlement and consumers affected have the opportunity to obtain compensation. The settlement provides substantial relief for the class members, including reimbursement of past repair expenses, an approved additive that can help prevent future problems with the air conditioner (and a labor allowance to inject the additive), and an extended and enhanced warranty for certain units.

Who is included in the Settlement?

All current and former owners of Trane or American Standard 1.5- to 5-ton air conditioners and heat pumps with serial numbers listed on Exhibit I to the Settlement who live in the United States are included in this Settlement.

Most of the affected units were manufactured from November 2013 through September 2014, with some manufactured as late as 2017. The manufacture date and serial number are listed on the data plate on the outdoor unit of your air conditioner or heat pump. A list of serial numbers included in the Settlement is available at www.AirConditionerSettlement.com or by calling 800-528-7199.

The following benefits are available in the settlement:

 1. Cash reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs that you incurred for certain repairs. Max. of $575 for a valve replacement and $250 for an Additive injection (total of $825 for both, if applicable).

 2. A free "light" Additive, which has been shown to be effective at preventing deposits without causing risk to the compressor, and up to $50 for a qualified person to inject it.

 3. Extended and enhanced Compressor Warranty Coverage if your air conditioner or heat pump was injected with a full-strength Additive on or before September 30, 2018.

The deadline for affected consumers to either file a claim or exclude themselves from the class is September 25, 2020. To ascertain whether or not your air conditioner is included in the class and to obtain instructions on filing a claim, visit www.airconditionersettlement.com.

A copy of the complaint can be found here.

A copy of the settlement can be found here.

Read more at Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP

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Investigation: Leaking heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system coils

Gibbs Law Group LLP and Greg Coleman Law are investigating consumer complaints that certain heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems potentially contain evaporator or condenser coils that can crack or corrode. Consumers report that this may allow refrigerant to leak and cause air conditioning systems to stop working, necessitating expensive repairs.

Leaking coils reportedly cause HVAC systems to fail

Evaporator and condenser coils are an integral part of any HVAC unit’s cooling system. The coils carry pressurized refrigerant – commonly Freon, but often a more modern replacement known as R-410A – that works to cool the air around it. If the coil is defective or unable to withstand the pressure of the refrigerant, the unit may begin to leak coolant and will be unable to cool the air as intended. Furthermore, consumers may also need to spend money to repair and/or replace their units if the problem persists.

HVAC systems potentially affected

We are investigating claims involving certain HVAC systems, heat pumps, air handlers, and air conditioners, including:

  • Aspen
  • Trane (also sold as American Standard)
  • Carrier (also sold as Bryant)
  • Lennox (also sold as Ducane)
  • York (also sold as Coleman and Luxaire)

Have you replaced a leaking coil in your HVAC system?

If you have replaced a leaking evaporator or condenser coil in your HVAC system, speak to one of our consumer protection lawyers today by filling out the form to the right.

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Trane & American Standard A/C, Heat Pump Settlement

Trane U.S. has agreed to settle with consumers who claimed that some of the company’s Trane brand and American Standard brand air conditioners and heat pumps possess a defective part and the company’s attempts to fix the problem actually made it worse.

Class Members include all U.S. residents who are current or former owners of Trane and American Standard 1.5 to 5-ton air conditioners and heat pumps with certain serial numbers. The full list of affected serial numbers can be found here.

Elaborating on this legal news, the settlement website explains that most affected units were manufactured between November 2013 and September 2014. However, some affected units were made as late as 2017. The website advises that those consumers who are unsure if they are in the Class or not can contact the settlement administrator at 800-528-7199.

Consumers filed the Trane defective AC class action lawsuit alleging that some Trane and American Standard air conditioners contain unapproved rust inhibitors. This reportedly causes sticky deposits to form in and clog the thermostatic expansion value (TXV), which can in turn, cause the air conditioners to fail.

According to customers, Trane offered a repair to the failed air conditioners but this remedy was ineffective. Allegedly, service personnel used an acidic additive to break apart the deposits. However, according to the customers, this repair was not sufficient, because it can affect the long-term functionality of the compressor in the air conditioner.

The Trane air conditioner valve defect class action lawsuit asserts that Trane should have replaced the device to effectively fix the problem.

In settling the Trane defective AC class action lawsuit, the company does not admit any wrongdoing, saying that the additive is not harmful. However, both the company and the consumers have agreed to settle in the interest of avoiding the costs and risks of continuing to litigate.

In the consumers’ eyes, settling was a good way to give a large group of affected customers compensation, whereas if the Trane AC class action lawsuit went to court and was unsuccessful, they could receive nothing.

Class Members are eligible to receive reimbursement for their out-of-pocket repair costs that consumers might have incurred in trying to deal with the alleged defect. Eligible repairs include: replacing the TXV or coil, injecting an additive (sometimes referred to as MJ-X, Zerol Ice, or A/C Renew) before the settlement’s effective date.

The Trane settlement website explains that reimbursement for TXV replacements are capped at $575 and reimbursement for additive injections are capped at $250. Class Members can make claims for both if they paid for both.

The deadline to opt out of the settlement or to object to it is July 13, 2020. Class Members also are invited but not required to attend a final approval hearing set for Aug. 12, 2020.

The deadline to file a benefits claim is Sept. 25, 2020. They can be submitted either online or by mail.

The deadline to get a Preventative Additive Injection is Sept. 11, 2021.  To receive the injection, contact any local Trane/American Standard service provider or dealer and reference bulletin number UN-SVB020H-EN.

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