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Do you have a tumble dryer in your home?

Do you have a tumble dryer in your home?

You should know that there is a recall on thousands of dryers, with the Government advising that affected machines may present a fire risk if fluff comes into contact with the heating sources. Specifically, they raise concerns with models made between April 2004 and September 2015.

Those of concern are dryers manufactured by Indesit, Hotpoint, Swan, Creda and Proline.

Please read the table below to find out if your dryer is affected and, if it is, follow the instructions provided to book your free modification.

In the meantime if you have, or believe to have, one of the affected dryers you should not use it.

If you think you have one of the affected models, please call:  0800 151 0905 (Freephone Helpline) or visit one of the websites listed below.

Thank you.

 

Model Number(s)

 

Models manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015.

 

 

Recall Date(s)

 

 

22.02.2017.

First initiated: November 2015.

Updated: March 2016.

 

 

Description

 

Hotpoint, Indesit, Swan, Proline and Creda tumble dryers.

If there is a green dot sticker on the machine then this shows it has already been modified.

 

 

Risk

 

 

Fire risk from heating sources coming into contact with fluff. 

 

What to do

If you believe your model is affected:

Unplug the tumble dryer and do not use it until it has been checked and modified.

Take note: Write down your dryer’s serial and model number as well as your postcode at the time of purchase (if known). The model and serial number can usually be found on the inside of the door.

Call: 0800 151 0905 (Freephone Helpline) or follow the instructions on the manufacturer’s website.

Indesit: http://safety.indesit.eu

Hotpoint: http://safety.hotpoint.eu

Swan: http://safety-swan.eu

Creda and Proline: http://safety.hotpoint.eu

 

Tumble Dryer safety tips:

Even if you don’t have one of the affected models this news can feel scary, but tumble dryers are great and make our lives easier when cared for correctly. Here are some tips to keep your dryer safe and your clothes dry!  

  • A clean lint filter: The lint filter is the part of the dryer which collects the fluff and lint which comes off of your clothes as they dry. As clothes dry, lint can build up in the filter which is a fire risk, so it is recommended that it should be emptied after every use. It can usually be found just within the door frame of the dryer and can be easily lifted up to be taken out and emptied.
  • Overloading: It can feel tempting to cram our dryers full to the brim just so we can get the job done, but if a tumble dryer is filled with too many items of clothing or large items, like duvets, the hot air used to dry the clothes struggles to circulate. This can leave you with damp clothes as well as being dangerous. It is best to keep to the rule of never filling it more than halfway, so the air can safely circulate and your clothes can dry.
  • A load of hot air (For vented tumble dryers): Is your tumble dryer in a place where it is properly ventilated? Dryers pump out a lot of hot air through their vents as they dry clothes and need plenty of space around it to prevent overheating. Or if it has an outlet pipe you need to make sure it is not blocked and is releasing the hot air into an open space.
  • Heat exchanger (Condenser dryers only): During the dryer process a lot of steam is created, the heat exchanger turns this steam back into water. This can be found under the drum at the bottom of the machine. This should be rinsed regularly with water to get rid of built up dirt and fluff.  
  • Keep in the know: You should always register your tumble dryer with the manufacturer as this is the quickest and most efficient way to find out about product recalls and whether you are affected.
  • Give it a break: A tumble dryer’s job involves heat, so you should always give it at least half an hour between cycles. This gives the dryer chance to cool down and prevents any overheating.

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