Fire Risk: Whirlpool's Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit Tumble Dryers
The latest news as reported in The Telegraph and initially on the BBC and again today (12/2/16) in the news HERE is that owners of large air-vented dryers and condensing dryers bought between April 2004 and October 2015 under the Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda brands may need to have them fixed as they pose a serious fire risk. The cluprit is excess fluff building up in the filter - which can catch the heating element and cause a fire.
Taking heed of our 7 tips in the Avoid a Breakdown blog will help reduce this danger, but if you own one of these machines, it would be prudent to:
- Clean your fluff filter after every drying session - no matter what tumble dryer you own
- Check the manufacturer's website to see if your model number is affected - Hotpoint's is here
- If it is an affected model, do not leave the machine unattended if you continue to use it
- Arrange with the manufacturer to come and fix your machine - it should take around an hour
- Look at protecting your tumble dryer with extended warranty insurance if it is under 8 years old
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