Whirlpool Indesit has issued a warning about their Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit tumble dryers after a number of fires have broken out.
The company has warned that many families may have a dangerous tumble dyer in their house. Whirlpool Indesit has said that two types of machine sold under the Indesit, Hotpoint and Creda brands over the past 11 years are affected.
The problem seems to be fluff, or lint, collecting in the filter which is located close to the heating element in the affected machines. The build-up eventually touches the heating element, causing it to catch alight and set the dryer on fire.
In 2014, Indesit was taken over by Whirlpool, who launched an investigation into the faulty dryers. The design of the machines was examined following reports of fires in the UK and a number of other countries.
The problem of the fluff build-up so close to the heating element was raised with UK trading standards and Whirlpool Indesit has now issued a national safety alert. The company is sending engineers out to modify the dryers but the number of machines affected is unknown. There isn’t a central database of tumble dryer owners but it is likely that several million machines are in UK homes with the potentially life-threatening problem.
Owners of Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit large air-vented dryers and condensing dryers sold between April 2004 and October 2015 are being warned not to leave machines running overnight or when they are out of the property. They are also being told to remove any fluff or debris from the filter after every use.
Whirlpool Indesit has asked owners to contact them if they believe their tumble dryer is one of those affected. They will arrange to modify the dryer for you.
Electrical fires from kitchen appliances destroy hundreds of homes annually. Faulty kitchen appliances are responsible for over 3,700 fires in Britain every year.
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