Various manufacturers of refrigerators and freezers

Product Type: 
Refrigerator and Freezer Compressors
Product Manufacturer: 
Serial number(s): 
Not applicable
Recall Date: 
Friday, 30 November, 2007
Manufactured dates: 
Up to and including 1994
Contact Details: 
Danfoss hotline (free phone): tel: 0808 238 1499
Investigator Name: 

Safety notice:



Possible risk of fire in old refrigerators and freezers bought in 1994 or before.

If your refrigerator or freezer was bought in 1994 or before, you should check to see if it is fitted with a Danfoss compressor.

Recent tests suggest that the gradual decay of a plastic material on the starting device of Danfoss compressors from this period can under extreme circumstances cause a potential risk of fire. The starter produced after 1994 in modern compressors does not - and will not in the future - carry this risk.

You will find the compressor at the back or on the side of your refrigerator or freezer, and possibly behind a cover in some cases.

You should disconnect the power cable before you move your refrigerator or freezer.

To identify a Danfoss compressor, please look for a yellow label with Danfoss name, logo and model type on the front of the compressor. See the illustration.

If you find a Danfoss compressor mounted in your refrigerator or freezer, manufactured and dating back to 1994 or before, you should take the following action to eliminate a potential risk of fire:
* contact Danfoss to order the free spare part
* seek qualified assistance from a service technician to have it fitted.

You can find more information and order the free spare part you need at:


Danfoss hotline (free phone): tel: 0808 238 1499
(weekdays from 9 am - 9 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 5 pm)

Published in the Daily Telegraph newspaper on the 28 November 2007