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on Jul 18, 2012
This happened to a co-worker about 15 years ago--the heating element went crazy and melted dishware, maybe even the plastic tub of the appliance. The smoke damage was the problem--bad smell!
We no longer leave appliances running when we are not home.
What brand of dishwasher?
This same thing happened to my next door neighbor about fouryears ago. Her husband and son left early Sunday morning to play golf at Palo Alto Muni and she was awakened by the first alarm at 7:30. She went into her kitchen with smoke spewing out of the dishwasher. Here's the Weekly article. Web Link
I now make sure that I am nearby when I run the dishwasher.
It sounds like this woman was the homeowner, but I have a separate question for the legal folks-
If the same situation happened to a renter, would the renter be liable for the damage to the unit? In other words, is it considered negligence to leave an apartment with electrical appliances running?
Great Job PAFD!!!
The renter is not liable (I'm a former landlord). Unless you have specific requirements in the lease, there's no liability. Of course, who would sign a lease that says you can't leave the house or apartment when you're running the dishwasher?
This is why you have insurance. Plus the renter should have renter's insurance - which I required proof as part of the lease agreement.
I can't imagine a renter would be liable for running a dishwasher, I would think the owner would be liable for maintaining the dishwasher (and other appliances) in safe working order.
our bosch dishwasher is about 12 years old. it works fine but how would I find out when to replace it? any ideas?
I can't believe that anyone would leave the house with a dishwasher or washing machine running! Dryer, MAYBE, but something that has water in it that can leak onto the floor if something goes wrong? No way.
Most current dishwashers and washing machines shut off if they detect a water leak. As a result, I would feel safe leaving with those running. (My dishwasher also has not heating element for the drying cycle.) But I can't believe anyone would leave their house with a dryer running. There a quite a few dryer fires cause by dryer vents being clogged with lint and catching fire. That is more of a threat than water damage.
Stretch - it's funny - we're the total opposite. We'll leave sometimes w/washer running, but never dryer. Maybe we've just read about too many dryer fires? We have a moderately pricey coffeemaker catch fire when plugged in but turned off. It was scary - if we'd left on time, we wouldn't have been home when it happened.
I'm so glad that this reported incident wasn't much worse.
Never leave a dishwasher, washer, dryer, floor heater, electric blanket, iron, stove, oven on or running if nobody is home. I have been on fires all cause by these being left running or on.
Thank you, Firefighter. We need to follow your advice.
What about electric fans & ceiling fans?
Shutting everything off is ridiculous, what about laptops with batteries that catch fire, or virtually anything.
The same would follow if you were going to sleep as well.
Things can catch fire.
One day I smelled smoke ( I have a senstive sense of smell ) and I was walking around trying to figure out what it was or if I was hallucinating.
This is the oddest thing, turns out that I had a glass full of liquid that the sun was shining through and just happened to be focused on a piece of wood attached to the garage. It was black and smoldering and might or might not have actually caught fire, but weird stuff happens that cannot be avoided - one has to keep on living.
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