Last year, Whirlpool faced huge problems with both Hotpoint and Indesit washing machines and tumble dryers, recalling huge numbers of models deemed unsafe for public use.
It seems those problems are far from over, as Whirlpool has now added a further 21 models to be recalled.
21 additional models recalled
The update comes from the Whirlpool website as of 29 April, which states, “As part of ongoing in-depth checks carried out by Whirlpool’s safety team, we are adding 21 additional models to the recall.”
The machines are being recalled because, as Whirlpool explains, “when the heating element in the washing machine is activated, in very rare cases a component in the door lock system can overheat, which, depending on product features, can pose a risk of fire”.
If you have already checked your machine due to previous recalls, you will need to check it again.
The recalled washing machines were manufactured under the brands of Hotpoint and Indesit between 2014 and 2018.
The full list of recalled models
These are the recalled models that have been added to the list of recalled machines by Whirlpool:
WMAQB 641P UKWMAQB 721P UKWMAQB 741G UKWMAQB 741P UKWMAQF 621P UK.LWMAQF 641G UKWMAQF 641P UKWMAQF 721P UKWMAQG 641G UKWMAQG 641P UKWMAQG 721P UKWMAQG 721P UK.MWMAQG 741P UK.MWMAQL 621P UKWMAQL 641P UKWMAQL 721A UKWMAQL 721P UKWMAQL 721P UK.MWMAQL 741G UKWMAQL 741P UKWMSAQG 621G UK
How to check if you’re affected
If you think your washing machine is affected by the recall, you should head to the dedicated Whirlpool recall website here.
You’ll need to enter your postcode and your model number, and the website will be able to tell you if your model is part of the recall.
If it is, you’ll then be taken to a new page which asks you to register, which will allow Whirlpool to get in contact with you.
You’ll need to fill out your name, email address, phone number and home address. You’ll also need to state where you bought the machine from as well.
Alternatively, you can phone 0800 316 1442.
What happens if my machine is being recalled?
If your machine is affected by the recall, then you are advised to unplug your appliance and stop using it immediately.
If you must continue using it, you should use only a cold water cycle of 20 degrees celsius or lower. This will stop the washing machine’s heating element from being activated and therefore poses less of a risk.
Whirlpool Vice President, Jeff Noel, said, “We will still continue to provide a free-of-charge replacement of comparable specification or in-home engineering repair to all affected customers in as safe a way as possible.
“We understand that in the current climate, some customers will have health and safety concerns around our delivery partners or engineers entering their homes to carry out replacements or repairs.
“We continue to follow government guidelines, with strict health and safety processes across our operations, including equipping all our delivery drivers and engineers with personal protective equipment and hand sanitiser. However, we will also offer customers the option of contactless delivery and removal of affected appliances.”