It sits there, in your kitchen or laundry room, white and square and harmless looking. But behind the casing of your tumble dryer could be an accident waiting to happen! If you have a Hotpoint, Indesit or Creda appliance it could be at risk of bursting into flames. Find out whether your machine is a fire risk and what to do if it is.
What’s the Fault?
Back in November last year we first blogged about these potentially faulty tumble dryers. A design flaw had been identified where excess lint could come into contact with the heating element. The result? Your tumble dryer turning into a flaming, fiery inferno.
Recently several flats in Shepherd’s Bush were destroyed in a raging fire caused by one of these faulty tumble dryers that took 120 fire fighters to extinguish. But there are still lots of tumble dryer owners unaware of the risks!
As we’re coming back into tumble drying season we wanted to send out a reminder to you all to check your tumble dryer model and book a free modification if necessary with Whirlpool Group (owner of the affected brands). If you prefer, Whirlpool are also offering reduced price replacements.
Is Your Tumble Dryer Affected?
If you prefer to call, you can ring 0800 151 0905.
What Should You Do?
Official advice varies. Whirlpool advises customers that their machines can still be used, as long as:
- The appliances are not left unattended
- The filters are cleaned after every use
- Vents are clear (if you have a vented tumble dryer)
- Instruction manuals are followed
The London Fire Brigade and Which? on the other hand say the safest course of action is not to use the faulty appliances at all until a repair engineer has fixed the fire risk.
Disgruntled tumble dryer owners, This Morning and MP Andy Slaughter, among others, are campaigning for Whirlpool to withdraw the faulty appliances completely and offer replacements instead.
How to Minimise the Fire Risk
- Clean out the lint filters every time you use your tumble dryer and vacuum out the lint filter housing regularly.
- Make sure you have a working smoke detector in the same room as your tumble dryer.
- If your tumble dryer is an older model, take off the sides and vacuum away all lint build up.
- Vented dryers only: Check the vent hose and vents are clear of lint and debris.
Tumble dryer maintenance is always important, but it’s especially vital when your appliance could be faulty. Stay safe, book a repair as soon as possible and use your appliance carefully at your own discretion.
If your tumble dryer has a fault unrelated to the above product flaw we can help with that too! Check out our playlist of tumble dryer videos on YouTube to diagnose, repair and maintain your machine.