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Tumble Dryer Safety Advice

It is essential to ensure your tumble dryer is maintained correctly to reduce the risk of fire. This video helps explain the areas to check and clean to keep your dryer working safely and reliably.

Video Transcript

Hi I'm Mat from eSpares. There have been a lot of reports recently in the media about the possibility and danger of tumble dryers catching fire.

Due to their nature fluff and lint collects in the tumble dryer that comes from your clothes and if left unattended or not cleaned out it can make its way to the heater and catch fire.

We hope by producing this video that our customers can reduce the possibility of any dangers occurring in their home.

Safety first: Always unplug an appliance before carrying out any work.

Fluff and lint from your clothes collects inside the tumble dryer in the fluff filter.

If your fluff filter is one-sided as this one is when you take it out of the ducting make sure that no fluff or lint falls into the ducting itself.

Also when you have cleaned it, which we recommend doing before every single use, make sure there are no rips or tears in the fine mesh as this will stop the filter working well.

Also if you don't clean it regularly the fluff and lint will build up meaning that the filter is effectively not working.

The fluff and lint will then make its way into the drum and gradually over time make its way into the cabinet increasing the possibility of a fire.

With the ducting it's important that any fluff or lint is taken out of here as well.

So it's a good idea to use a vacuum with a crevice tool attachment and vacuum up all the lint and fluff that you can from the duct itself.

If you have a condenser tumble dryer then fluff and lint may well end up in the condenser itself.

So you can remove the condenser and give it a thorough wash making sure all the water comes from the back end to the front end and run enough water so that it runs clean.

We recommend cleaning out the condenser every single month, making sure it's fully dry before replacing it back into the machine.

We also recommend that every year you take the top of the cabinet of your tumble dryer off examine inside for any fluff or lint that may have collected and use a vacuum cleaner to remove if required.

We also recommend that you don't turn on your tumble dryer at night when you're asleep or if you're out of the home as if any problems occur you won't be there to rectify them.

We hope by following this video your tumble dry will continue to provide years of use without any troubles occurring whatsoever.

Spares and accessories for tumble dryers as well as all other appliances can be found on the eSpares website.

Thanks for watching.

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