I’ve just read a news article about another tumble dryer that has caught fire causing serious damage. The article also mentions that 3 people have died and 300 injured in recent years by tumble dryer fires. However, what’s different and more shocking about this one is that it is reported that the dryer had been unplugged at the time – Fire at Honley home after UNPLUGGED tumble dryer bursts into flames. The article doesn’t offer any explanation as to how that was possible.
Common questions about white goods appliances
This is a category list of all my articles tagged as "common questions". The articles cover a wide range of issues that I consider to be common questions which most people want answers to so it's well worth browsing through them. You might be surprised how interesting or useful some of them are.
Sometimes water may appear in the bottom of the fridge. This is usually caused when water created by automatic defrosting cannot run away through the hole in the channel at the back and it runs into the base of the fridge instead.
Here is an example of an appliance out of guarantee and deemed unrepairable. I received a question from someone who had bought a Zanussi fridge freezer 14 months previously. It was now 2 months out of guarantee and had broken down. The engineer had advised that the fault was due to an internal gas leak and it was unrepairable. The customer asked me what her rights are, she had paid £630 for the fridge freezer.
All drum sizes are not equal
Before looking into different drum capacities, an important point is that you can’t necessarily assume that they are all the same. If you take a dozen washing machines with the same drum capacity you would think you could fit in exactly the same amount of laundry in them all. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. One manufacturer’s 7Kg drum may have a smaller or larger capacity than another’s. My understanding is that they don’t all use the exact same criteria for deciding drum sizes in washing machines.
Washing machine drum sizes were the same for decades, but now we have several to choose from. You would think the biggest is the best, but not necessarily. Back in 1976 when I first started repairing washing machines, all the drums were about 4 ½ kg. By today’s standards they were painfully small.