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Tumble dryers

Tumble dryers and washing machines contain powerful motors with fast moving parts that get very hot. If you don’t clean and maintain your machine, excess fluff or lint can build up over time and catch fire.

There are a number of warning signs to watch out for:

If you notice any of the above, clean the filter and check the vent pipe immediately.

In addition, remember to:

Our advice is to never use tumble dryers and washing machines overnight; there is a risk of fire if these appliances develop a fault, and if this happens when people are sleeping, the risk to life is far greater.

Whirlpool machines

Following Whirlpool’s acquisition of the Hotpoint/Indesit brands, Indesit Company reviewed the safety of its product portfolio.

As a result, a potential concern was identified with two types of tumble dryers manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015. In some rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire.

The affected brands are Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda. Whirlpool branded tumble dryers are not affected by this safety notice.

The company has said it will arrange a visit from an engineer, free of charge, to modify your appliance. The service call will take approximately one hour. The improvements believed are necessary will further enhance the safety and quality of your dryer.

Trading Standards has advised that updated usage advice should be communicated to affected consumers. If your tumble dryer is affected by this issue, you should unplug it and do not use it until the modification has taken place.

Visit https://safety.hotpoint.eu/index.jsp for further information about this safety notice.

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