We live in a mid terrace house and for years now we’ve encountered bad condensation on windows, black mould on walls, mildew on clothes in our fitted wardrobe etc etc.  I blame cavity wall insulation which was fitted before we moved in, as it doesn’t allow the house to ‘breathe’.  We have trickle vents in all windows and 2 vent fans which are supposed to extract moisture (tho’ I cants say I’ve seen any evidence of that) so I’ll continue to blame the cavity wall insulation, which we are stuck with.

I invested in several Unibond Aero units a couple of years ago and was amazed at how much water they ‘attracted’ however the refills aren’t very cheap (about £6 for 2) so with winter looming, we decided to invest in an electric dehumidifier.  I did an awful lot of research before making a decision on which model to buy.  Following our involvement with LiveLAGOM, I knew that whatever model we chose, would need to be as low energy as possible as well as affordable in terms of the initial purchase price.

Meaco dehumidifiers seemed to be the best for energy costs and we settled on the 12L model which set us back £160 from Amazon.  That sounds a lot and it is, but we felt if it worked it would be a worthwhile investment.  It arrived the next day (thanks to Amazon Prime),  I plugged it in and off it went and I was absolutely amazed at how much water was in the tank 24 hours later!!  I’m having to empty the tank every day as it’s FULL (and that’s only running 16 hours a day).  No longer are our windows covered in condensation, no longer are our walls damp.

My only regret is that I didn’t buy the larger 20L model, at £240 we felt that perhaps it was a lot of money to waste if it didn’t work but the 12L has worked far better than we could ever have anticipated so it would have been a good investment.


Hotpoint Headache!

So, I’ve only ever bought Hotpoint appliances since getting married back in 1993.  Our first tumble dryer lasted years, our second tumble dryer lasted years so when number 2 finally went to tumble dryer heaven, we bought another Hotpoint dryer and all was good (well, apart from a rust patch that developed under the water collection tank which we discovered around the same time as the announcement from Hotpoint, that certain models were a fire risk)!  I kid you not.

My dryer was an affected model so I contacted the Hotpoint Unhelpful Line, who told me I’d have to wait months (or as its turned out for some, years) for an engineer to come out to modify it, in the meantime I was advised not to use it!  Just what you want to hear in winter when you have a North facing garden and 3 kids!  I mentioned the rust patch that had developed under the water tank and was told it was tough.  My dryer was less than 2 years old and was starting to rust AND  fire hazard.  I was incensed!

My next step was to go and find the email for Hotpoint’s CEO Maurizzio Pettorino and make a complaint, I did this on 26 November 2015 and his office were quick to get in touch.  I wasn’t expected to put up with a rusting fire hazard after all, I was offered an upgrade new replacement instead, which I received on 18 December 2015 and all was good for 4 months, then it stopped heating!  Cue another letter to the CEO who to be fair, responded very quickly and another upgrade replacement was offered which arrived in April 2016.

This model was the SUTCD97B6PM and this time we managed to go a whole 8 months before we encountered problems….the drum stopped turning so I contacted Hotpoint and an engineer came out to replace the belt and belt jockey.  I decided at this point that it would probably be a very good idea to take out an extended warranty as I had so little faith in Hotpoint and I am SO glad I did, because just 4 months later it started to make the most awful noise, heating to almost molten level which caused the digital display to steam up and when I moved the dryer from under the counter top, there was a pile of rubber dust with several flakes of rubber.  I’m no engineer, but it looked like another belt had gone kaput!

I contacted Hotpoint and was told I was just out of the manufacturers warranty so they couldn’t do anything!!!  Yep, that’s right, days out of warranty and I’d have been stuck with yet another fire hazard!!  I explained I had taken out an extended warranty (thank God) and once details had been confirmed, they booked an engineer Thursday 20 April 2017.

I did email the CEO’s office again, not expecting a reply but I did receive a response, basically telling me as it was outside the manufacturers warranty and that as it wasn’t the same fault as last time, there was nothing they could do blah blah blah.  I did also Tweet a post which Hotpoint Customer Service responded to, they even took the liberty of arranging an engineers appointment for me, altho’ I’d already beaten them to it!

*UPDATE – Engineer arrived, the belt that had been replaced on 4 January was damaged due to failure of the belt jockey AGAIN so both belt jockey and belt were replaced for a second time!!  The condenser pump was also replaced as this ‘could’ have be the reason behind the digital display steaming up.  Unfortunately, it didn’t so I tweeted a picture of the steamed up display and Hotpoint got in touch.  I was told that they would send an engineer out again, which I said I wasn’t at all happy about and expressed my concerns.  I was contacted the following day and offered a replacement tumble dryer (same model) so I’m now on Number 3 and praying that it’s 3rd time lucky altho’ one of the first things I did was to take out 3 years extended warranty….not that I don’t trust Hotpoint appliances or anything!!!!

*UPDATE – Unfortunately my 3rd replacement which was received on 9/5/17 started to make the most horrendous noise end of November 2017 and upon pulling the dryer out, I saw the same pile of rubber ‘dust’ that I had come to know so well….the belt was on its way out AGAIN!  I contacted Hotpoint and an engineer came out on 5 December 2017, who said that movement on the belt jockey was most likely the reason behind the belt slipping and getting damaged, although he didn’t replace the belt jockey this time, just put a 9 rib belt in as opposed to a 7 rib.  I thought that was that, but within 2 weeks I discovered water puddled under the dryer which I found was coming from the condenser unit AND the digital display was filling with condensation yet again.  So I asked Hotpoint for a refund so I could go and buy a non-Hotpoint dryer becos’ quite frankly I don’t believe that I’ve been incredibly unlucky, I think Hotpoint dryers are unreliable and unsafe and I’ve had enough!!

My request was met with yet another engineer visit being booked, tho’ this time it was for an inspection.  The engineer said that the belt jockeys on this particular model had been replaced as there was a fault with them (this wasn’t mentioned during last visit but explains why belts were not lasting anywhere near as long as they should).  The engineer also witnessed condenser leakage and condensation of digital panel and provided me with a report which I then had to email CEO Customer Support.

To give Hotpoint their due, I was contacted within 24 hours and offered a replacement or refund.  I would have opted for the latter, indeed wanted to opt for the latter however 1, I didn’t have the original receipt with purchase price thus making getting a purchase price difficult and 2, I would have had to wait for Hotpoint to collect my faulty model, then issue a cheque which would have left us without a tumble dryer for God only knows how long, with it being over the festive period and all.

I was offered a choice of 2 dryers and opted for the Hotpoint Aqualitis ACQ9BF7E1 on the basis that it has an anti allergy setting which I thought may be of benefit for my son who has allergies.  This new model is due for delivery today (28 December 2017) and I am PRAYING that this model is safe, reliable and gives me no bother (I’m sure Hotpoint are praying for the same too).  Everything is crossed!!!