Updated on 12th December, 2022 by Martin Astley
Most of us don’t even consider the risk before using our tumble dryers; leaving them on overnight or whilst we nip to the shops.
When it comes to appliances, there are a few product recalls and the odd news story about a tumble dryer disaster. We know there’s a risk, but don’t think it will ever happen to us. The chances are it probably won’t, but it’s better to be safe than sorry and take these simple safety precautions to avoid any devastation happening in your home.
1. Stick to small loads
A domestic tumble dryer is only designed to cope with small loads. It’s easily tempting to squeeze it all in at once in an attempt to save time or money. Overloading your dryer is likely to reduce its efficiency and potentially cause it to fail. Just over half-full is ample for a single load. Take thick items such as duvets and curtains to a professional dry cleaner.
2. Register your dryer
By taking a few minutes to register your appliance with the manufacturer, you can ensure that you’ll be notified regarding any product recalls, and it’ll improve your after-sales service if you do encounter any issues with it. You should register your appliance as soon as possible after purchase.
3. Get it serviced
It’s easy to put off, but getting your appliances serviced by a qualified engineer is an easy, simple task that you only need to do once a year.
4. Let the cycle finish
Stopping a tumble dryer mid-cycle can stop the fans inside from working, allowing the dryer to reach dangerously high temperatures. If you do open your dryer before the cycle has completed, make sure all items can be quickly removed and the door is left wide open to let the heat escape. Or rather, use the “cancel” option.
5. Keep it clean
There are tonnes of reasons to keep your dryer spick and span, but fire prevention has to be the most significant. It’s crucial to make sure that you regularly clean the filters, door, and condenser chamber. If the airflows are blocked by fluff, it will slow down the performance of the dryer and reduce its efficiency, costing you more money in the long run!