Nearly 3,000 Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative junction boxes used with water heaters have been recalled due to a potential fire hazard. Eastern Illini has received dozens of reports of junction boxes overheating, or melted wiring and wiring connectors. So far no injuries have been reported.
Junction boxes contain wiring connections for water heaters. The recalled junction boxes are installed between the water heater and the load management switch, and are about 4 X 4 inches with no markings. These junction boxes were sold by Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative from June 1989 through 2002.
What You Should Do
Contact your electrician (or any qualified electrician if you do not currently work with one) and have them determine whether the junction box on your water heater (picture below) is an Eastern Illini Electric brand.
Contact Eastern Illini for more information at (800) 824-5102. View our list of Consumer Product recalls here.