After having our dryer die after 4 years I've decided to get a new one going for the cheapest one AO sell. 256 reviews 4.8 star. Electra
one at £370.
Happy with myself until someone said about fires 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️ and of course once it's been said you can't be unheard.
The next cheapest A++ 'big brand ' is a Samsung
at £499, 484 reviews 4.8 star (the Beko is only £20 cheaper.)
So am I over thinking it ( which I do) . Are fires only older models, not well cleaned etc.
I know I won't get a definitive answer but curious to ask the crowd 😁
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I had one of the models affected by fires and didnt clean the inside ( under drum ) of mine for over 2 years and fortunately mine didn't catch fire but just shows its not something you need to be over reacting about.
If your dryer is located inside the house and not in a garage or shed whete its cold Id highly suggest getting a A++ heat pump dryer if you can find one on a deal cheap enough, at 30 odd pence per load rather than 4-5x the cost per load in heated and condensers.
I have a samsung A+++ heat pump and using roughly £1 to do 3-4 loads per day (edited)
The only issue, and this will apply to everyone, it tripped out the onboard thermostat once, and so I needed to press the reset button. For those unaware, look on the back of your dryer for a funny plastic shape. That is the button.
I recently bought a spinner that revolves at 2800rpm and extracts more water. With drying time reduced by about an hour, I reckon it will pay for itself in less than 400 loads.
Do you need a heat pump device? Can you vent outside, or have space to connect the vent to a box with a lid on, in which the moisture can condense?
I've still got a hotpoint vented dryer that was recalled and fixed due to fire risk. As I understand it the main issue was fluff getting trapped and accumulating between the drum and the rear seal and falling off and dropping onto the element.
The mods were to stop fluff getting between the seal and the drum by stiffening the case, stopping the drum turning if overloaded with washing or the rear bearing was worn out (both which could cause the rear seal to open up) and a better seal (which is now fire resistant foam). All to fix very long term design issues which were addressed when whirlpool bought the manufacturer.
A heat pump doesn't have an element but if does use butane as a refrigerant as do most fridges and freezers these days which is safe as long as it doesn't leak and get contained within the case (don't use an ice scrapper on a modern freezer). (edited)
As long as you register the warranty, any hazards needing recalls will be notified directly to you from the manufacturer. Don't worry about the fire risk.