Whirlpool Appliances Fire Risk Warning

Whirlpool Appliances Fire Risk

Whirlpool Appliances Fire Risk Warning

Whirlpool has this morning announced a recall of half a million washing machines due to a huge fire risk.

If you believe you have one of these appliances, please unplug it and call the emergency number on the Whirlpool website: 0800 316 1442


Did you know that faulty household appliances eg. washing machines and tumble dryers, account for 60 house fires a week in the UK!

Faulty washing machines and tumble dryers accounted for 35% of fires, followed by cookers and ovens (11%), dishwashers (10%), and fridges, freezers and fridge freezers (8%) between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2016.

The Grenfell Tower fire was one of those included in these statistics that was started by a faulty fridge freezer.

A separate defect affecting 5.3 million tumble dryers under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands (owned by Whirlpool) was discovered in 2015 and has reportedly led to hundreds of fires since 2004. In 2017, they reported that an estimated one million faulty fire-risk tumble dryers were still in UK homes!

Malfunctioning kitchen appliances have reportedly caused close to 16,000 potentially deadly fires across the UK since 1 April 2012.

Which?, the consumer group that has led research into the scale of faulty appliances, has called on the Government to set up a new Office for Product Safety and to explain what it planned to do to avert further fires. We will update you once we have details on the outcome.

How do white goods catch fire?


The combination of electrical components, high wattage heating elements, motors, and friction means tumble dryers, washing machines and fridges can catch fire in various ways.

Tumble Dryer Fires

Causes of tumble dryer fires include:

  • Ignition of built up lint;
  • Capacitor failure;
  • Wear and tear on door switch;
  • Self-heating of items in drum;
  • Lack of sufficient ventilation;
  • PCB fault.


Washing Machine Fires

Common causes of washing machine fires include:

  • Heater control relay fault;
  • Capacitor failure;
  • PCB fault;
  • Motor failure.


Causes of Fridge Freezer Fires

Common causes of fridge freezer fires include:

  • Capacitor failure;
  • Positive Temperature Coefficient Resistor (PTCR) failure;
  • Damage causing escape and ignition of refrigerant;
  • Electrical wiring fault;
  • Defrost timer fault.


Which appliances cause the most fires?


  • 14% washing machines (1,723)
  • 12% tumble dryers (1,456)
  • 11% dishwashers (1,324)
  • 9% cookers (1,080)
  • 7% fridges / freezers (861)
  • 5% central heating (606)
  • 4% toasters / grills (495)
  • 4% microwaves (427)
  • 3% TVs (372)
  • 2% washer dryers (225)
  • 1% irons (92)


Advice to help avoid white goods’ electrical fires:


  • Don’t leave appliances such as dishwashers, tumble dryers and washing machines running when you are sleeping
  • Turn off appliances if you go out
  • Don’t overfill your washing machine or tumble dryer – it could help you avoid a fire
  • Clean the lint trap on your tumble dryer after every use.
  • Don’t overload sockets by using extension cables. 1 plug per socket.
  • Yearly PAT testing
  • Check for broken plugs and wires


Most of all, ensure your property has smoke alarms fitted that are in good working order. If in doubt, please call a fire safety professional to review your fire protection equipment. 


Source: Which? and data obtained through Freedom of Information requests.

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