We have all seen or heard in the news of domestic appliances catching fire.
An example is the tragic unfortunate incident of a fridge causing a fire in the Grenfell Tower incident, which caused many victims to lose their lives.
Fires caused by washing machines can literally burn the house down and cause damage to neighbouring property.
The good news is there’s nothing explosive in a washing machine!
The most common cause of a fire in a washing machine is caused by the heater element.
The heater element is responsible for heating up the water to the desired temperature, so your clothes can wash properly.
Some washing machines have a faulty pressure system that can get blocked up fairly easily with lime scale or hardened undisolved cheap soap powder.
Some times users over dose on the detergent, which causes bubbles to rise up into the pressure system.
The pressure system gets stuck at high pressure, which only happens when the drum is filled with water.
This high pressure sends an alert to the programme module, which in turn switches on the heating element, which is a 1.5 KW heater, which is the same as an electric room heater!
Now we have a heater underneath the wash drum with dry clothes in it. Which soon catches the laundry on fire, burns through the outer plastic drum, and rises up to the plastic top of the washing machine.
On a positive note though, if washing machines are not left on unsupervised, there is hardly a possibility of them causing a household fire.
For that reason we do not approve of users starting their laundry then going to sleep.
Neither do we approve of appliances being used whilst the user is at work, shopping, picking up kids, or going to the gym.
Despite the manufacturers making that facility available.
Conclusions: There’s nothing to worry about,
Washing machines on a whole are very safe but must be supervised when in use.