Washing Machines and Tumble Dryers

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

Remember to:

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  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using your dryer
  • Never leave your appliance unattended or running overnight
  • Never overload your washing machine or dryer or put items in that have been used to soak up flammable liquids
  • Keep your dryer well ventilated ensuring the vent pipe is kink free, not blocked or crushed in any way
  • Clean the filter in your dryer after every use
  • Have your dryer serviced regularly by a qualified engineer
  • Don't ignore the warning signs
    • Does your tumble dryer smell of burning?
    • Are your clothes taking longer to dry?
    • Do the clothes feel hotter at the end of the cycle?
    • Does the external vent flap stay shut when the dryer is on?

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

Tumble dryer safety recalls

Safety Notice update - 22 Feb 2017

Hotpoint tells tumble dryer owners: unplug faulty machines due to fire risk.

Recall information for Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline Tumble Dryers manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015 - Updated 22 February 2017

Check if your tumble dryer is affected

Register your appliances

Unless products are registered, it is very difficult to track them down.

The ‘Register My Appliance’ website makes it easy for you to register all of your electrical products. You will need the brand name, model, serial number and purchase date and the registration process is very simple to follow. The manufacturer will only contact you in the event of a recall, your details will not be used for marketing.

Go to www.registermyappliance.org.uk for more information and to register your electrical products.

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