Sadly there’s another dishwasher discovered to have a potential fire-causing fault. This time it’s Hotpoint dishwashers with the following model numbers – Hotpoint FDW20 | FDW60 | FDW65A
If you have, (or know anyone with) a Hotpoint dishwasher then check the model number to see if it matches one on the above list. Model numbers on dishwashers are usually easy to find and are usually on a sticker on the side of the door. Hotpoint say they are aware of a “small number of cases” of dishwashers where an electrical component has failed, which may lead to overheating and in rare cases a potential fire hazard.
It’s an “absolute priority to locate and modify every dishwasher that is affected”.
How old are the affected dishwashers?
The affected Hotpoint models FDW201 FDW601 FDW65A were sold in the UK and manufactured between June 2006 and March 2007. If you have one, you need to check the serial number too because as with many of these incidents, the issue only affects certain batches. The affected serial numbers are 9 digits long, and if the first 5 digits are between S/N 60601 and S/N 70331 your appliance is affected.
If your dishwasher has recently been repaired and has a green sticker on the inside of the door, then it looks like they’ve already carried out the appropriate modification.
There was a dedicated Customer Service line 08448 910094 and full details and further contact methods were on Hotpoint’s site. But, as with all appliance manufacturers, as soon as the publicity has died down they always remove the important safety page despite the fact that it is highly unlikely that all cases have been dealt with. If you have any concerns you need to contact Hotpoint.
Hotpoint say no other dishwashers are affected
More information on ITV web site including photo of the heat damage that can happen on the parts inside – Safety notice issued over 71,000 potentially faulty Hotpoint dishwashers