Skip to main content

GE Appliances issues recall of its Profile top-loading washers due to fire risk

ge announces recalls of top loading washers gehq1
UpstateNYer/Wikipedia
Due to a faulty electrical component in three models of its high-efficiency top-loading washers, appliance company GE has announced an urgent recall. Citing potential fire hazard risks, the company is currently advising owners of GE Profile washers WPGT9350, WPGT9360, and WPGT9150 to immediately unplug and stop using them. To help with the issue, GE Appliances says it’s offering free repairs of the units, which can be requested by calling it directly or setting up an appointment via the “Recall Information” section on its website.

Though the recall only covers three of GE’s Profile models, the brand estimates there to be roughly 222,000 units currently installed — and an additional 450 sold in Canada. Available in gold, gray, and white, each model measures around 4 cubic feet and features “GE Profile” emblazoned on the front. Sold between 2003 and 2011, the top-loading washers were available from stores like Best Buy, Sears, and Home Depot for around $900 to $1,400.

Thus far, GE says it’s received 71 different reports of a washer’s internal components burning or catching fire, with three of those fires reportedly resulting in $129,000 in property damage. No injuries have yet been reported as a result of any fires.

The Boston, Massachusetts-basedcompany has yet to release any official statement on the matter, likely focusing on repairing as many of the 222,000 models as quickly as it can. GE is no stranger to recall — it recalled air conditioning and heating units in 2015, as well as similar front-loading washers because of injury risks in 2012.

Rick Stella
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Rick became enamored with technology the moment his parents got him an original NES for Christmas in 1991. And as they say…
How to trade in old Amazon devices for discounts on an upgrade
Amazon wearhouse worker places boxes in the back of the truck.

The Amazon Echo Show 5 in front of the Google Nest Hub, with its 7-inch screen. Phil Nickinson/Digital Trends / Digital Trends

Here's the problem: You have old gear that you no longer want, but it's new enough to have some value. The best solution may very well be this trade-in option from Amazon. Amazon Trade-In is a service that lets you trade in your old gear and get something new for 20% off, plus get an Amazon gift card. To get started, tap the button below and find the Amazon Trade-In portal. However, if you seek more guidance, keep reading and we'll break the program down for you plus guide you to the best things you can buy via the program.

Read more
Best cordless vacuum deals: Big discounts on Dyson, Shark, and more
Woman vacuuming floor with Dyson V11 Outsize Total Clean Cordless Vacuum.

While corded vacuum cleaners are great for more heavy-duty work, they can be quite heavy and problematic for those who want something with a bit more dexterity. Luckily, there are cordless vacuums, and while they may not run infinitely, they are lightweight and often have a lot of advanced features, even the more budget-friendly ones. That said, there are options for everything, including more high-end stuff like some of the Dyson deals we've included below. So, be sure to check out everything before you take the plunge.

On the other hand, if you'd prefer to go with a more traditional vacuum, check out some of these vacuum deals, as well as the alternative obot vacuum deals and Roomba deals.
Best Dyson cordless vacuum deals

Read more
Best Ring deals: Save on Ring doorbell and Ring alarm bundles
Ring Video Doorbell 3

Home security is pretty important, especially if you live in an area that has had any sort of crime in the past, and one great solution is to grab yourself some Ring cameras and alarms. Not only is it one of the best brands in home security, it also has one of the best video doorbells on the market, so you're getting something pretty high quality. While Ring devices are quite expensive, they are worth it, but that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of some great deals that bring the price down. That's why we've collected some of our favorite Ring deals, either as single products or as bundles, and listed them below.

That said, if you're not particularly tied to Ring, you could check out its competitor with these Google Nest deals or our more general roundup of security camera deals instead.
Ring Battery Doorbell Plus (refurbished) — $80, was $128

Read more