Yesterday I had an engineer out to repair my washing machine, which ironically I had fixed myself by emptying the filter but it is good to check these things.
He did however, look concerned when he spotted my Tumble Drier and advised me to check safety.hotpoint.eu to see if it was one of the models that had been affected by a product recall for Hotpoint / Indesit and Creda Tumble Driers.
Sadly on imputing the model number and serial number I discovered it was, but, they advised it was still safe to use and I would receive a repair within 5 weeks.
Of course, being a parent this sent me into panic mode – how can it be safe to use a Tumble Drier that has been recalled with safety concerns. The washing machine engineer was fantastic and gave me this advise which I feel I should share on my blog.
The issue is that excess fluff could catch the heating element in the machine and cause a fire, so follow the maintenance instructions that came with the machine:
- Empty the Filters after each use and pop your hoover in the the gap to catch any missed fluff
- Clean the condenser once a month. This can be done by hosing it off in the garden or in the shower
- Install a fire alarm near to where your Tumble Drier is installed (ours is in our ultility room)
- Don’t leave it on when you are not at home
- Keep a fire extinguisher close to the machine (which thankfully we have anyway)
I have to admit that I do clean the filter regularly but had not though to use the hoover and had no idea where the condenser was, but sent hubby out to the garden to give it a good hose down. It was scary how much muck came out of it!
Full instructions of how to clean your machine are available here,