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Why have Whirlpool dryers been recalled?

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In 2002, Whirlpool issued a voluntary recall for approximately 17,000 combination washer and dryer units due to the possibility of the gas dryer overheating and causing a fire hazard. As of 2015, this is the only reported recall of Whirlpool dryers available from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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This recall included 24-inch washers from the Whirlpool, Kenmore and General Electric brand names. Whirlpool decided to voluntarily recall the combination sets after receiving two reports of the units overheating, despite no reports of injuries to persons or property damage. The CPSC advises consumers who have units affected by the recall to unplug the units immediately but to avoid disconnecting the gas supply. Owners of the units should call (866) 251-1607 to arrange a repair appointment, as of 2015.

Whirlpool Compact Thin Twin and Kenmore Laundry Center combination units affected by the recall have serial numbers that begin with MM, ML or MK. Models were sold in factory white or tan colors and typically retailed for $800 to $960 when new. The model and serial number are listed on a tag just inside the dryer door, requiring users to open the door in order to verify the numbers. The recall didn't include combination units with electric dryers.

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