The programmable thermostats constantly charge the backup AA batteries used to power the thermostat's clock.
This can cause the batteries to leak, resulting in a fire hazard.
This recall involves all White-Rodgers programmable thermostats with model numbers 1F88-XXX and 1F85RF-275 and date codes beginning with 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 and 1001 through 1039.
The model number is printed on the thermostat's front pull-down panel door.
The date code is located inside the removable front cover. White-Rodgers and/or the utility company's name and logo are printed on the front of the thermostat.
They were distributed by more than 40 utility companies to consumers nationwide who took part in energy conservation programs and by various HVAC wholesalers for about $150.
Consumers should immediately remove the two AA batteries from the thermostat and contact White-Rodgers for a free repair kit.
For additional information, call (888) 624-1901 or log on to www.regcen.com/thermostat.