Two major manufacturers have issued warnings of potential risks caused by some of their appliances. Hoover has recalled some fridge freezers, after discovering that the defrost timer is a fire risk, while Hotpoint has recalled some dishwashers over a potential fire risk.
So which models are a risk, and what should you do?
HooverHoover has issued a safety notice on a batch of fridge freezers, produced between August 2011 and August 2012. It said: "We have identified in a batch of appliances manufactured between the dates above that there is a possibility of a potential fault developing on the defrost heater element supplied to Hoover. Overheating can occur and in certain circumstances this could result in a fire."
Not all the fridge freezers produced over this time are affected, so you'll need to take the salad draw out of the fridge and check the model number. Some of the following models have been affected:
Not all of these fridge freezers are a risk, so if you have one of these models, you'll need to go to the website and input the code from your fridge to see if yours is faulty. If it is, you can call 08444 995599, and they will arrange a repair for free.
HotpointHotpoint, meanwhile has issued a recall of some FDW20/FDW60/FDW65A dishwashers. It said in a statement: "Hotpoint are aware of a small number of cases of dishwashers where an electrical component has failed. This may lead to overheating and in rare cases a potential fire hazard. Our absolute priority is to locate and modify every dishwasher that is affected."
The affected dishwashers were made between June 2006 and March 2007, and the first five digits of the serial number are between 60601 and 70331.
The serial number is on a sticker inside the door. If your machine has been repaired recently by Hotpoint and there is a green sticker on the inside of the door, then the machine has already been repaired.
If your machine is affected, call 08448 910094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will arrange to come out and repair it for free.
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