It was only 5 months ago that firms revealed several types of driers, both condensed and vented, were fire risks following a staggering number of house fires caused by household tumble dryers. Over 5.3 million Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda dryers have been sold around the UK, which leaves a cause for concern as to when the affected models will be repaired or replaced.
The maker of the tumble dryers, Whirlpool, are offering replacement machines rather than repair. However, customers who own the faulty dryers will still have to pay for a replacement. Adding insult to injury, Whirlpool also advised consumers by saying that they could still continue to use their faulty machines, so long as they clean out the lint filter after each cycle and don’t leave the dryer unattended whilst it’s on.
Lots of customers took to Twitter as they expressed their anger over the matter, mentioning that their dryer would not be repaired until 2017 or that their home insurance would be invalidated if they were to continue using a fire risk product.
Fire FM would like to recommend that you call your tumble dryer supplier as soon as possible to arrange a replacement or any repairs of your current dryer as you could be left waiting up to 10 weeks just to get an estimated date for an engineer. However, if you are still wanting to operate it prior to an engineer visit, please be vigilant and present when the tumble dryer is on and try to clear any of the loose fibers that may have fallen from the lint filter to minimise any risks.