Is my tumble dryer safe?

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By Martin Driver 31 Aug 2018

You might’ve seen reports in the media over the past few years about tumble dryer safety and recalls.

If you’re worried about using yours, this guide explains how to check if it's affected and offers a few tips for safe everyday drying.

What’s the problem?

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Some tumble dryers have been catching fire due to fluff building up and burning on the heating element inside the machine.

What dryers are affected?

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This recall affects Indesit, Hotpoint, Swan, Creda, and Proline tumble dryers made between April 2004 and September 2015.

BEKO/Blomberg have also recalled a number of models made between 2012 and 2013 to replace a faulty component.

If this applies to yours, unplug it immediately and do not use it again before hearing from the manufacturer.

What can I do?

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The manufacturers below are either replacing or modifying tumble dryers, so you need to contact them using the links here.

Some are offering an upgrade to a new model for a small cost, so you might be able to get a much better model for not much outlay.

BEKO/Blomberg:

https://www.beko.co.uk/dryerrepair#!/check/precheck

Indesit:

http://safety.indesit.eu/

Hotpoint

http://safety.hotpoint.eu/

Swan

http://safety-swan.eu

Creda

http://safety.hotpoint.eu

Proline

http://safety.hotpoint.eu

Creda and Swan are owned by Hotpoint, so don’t worry if the page you’re sent to has Hotpoint logos on it.

Tumble dryers safety tips

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Even if your dryer isn’t affected, there are a few things to bear in mind when tumble drying:

  • Make sure the lint filter is cleaned after every use. You can usually find it in the door cavity - just open the door and lift it out.
  • Don’t overload your machine. If you put too much in, the air can’t circulate and your clothes won’t dry properly. Clothes expand as they dry, so don’t exceed the max weight on the front of the machine. As a general rule, never fill it more than half full with wet clothes.
  • Make sure there machine can vent properly. All types of tumble dryer vent hot air, so make sure there’s plenty of space all around it. If yours has an outlet pipe, make sure it’s not blocked and is venting into an open space.
  • Always register your product with the manufacturer. That way, you’ll hear about any product recalls as soon as they’re announced.
  • Don’t run cycles back-to-back. Give the dryer at least half an hour to cool down between uses to help stop it from overheating.

Hopefully we’ve managed to help you out with your tumble dryer questions.

However, if there’s anything we can help you with, you can contact us here.
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