Finding a place for your dryer
If you’re planning to buy a new dryer, you probably already have a place in mind where it should go. Many people place their dryer on top of their washing machine or next to it if there is room for it. For some, these white goods devices end up in the bathroom, for others in the attic, in the (side) kitchen or a laundry room. Wherever you put your new dryer, there are a number of things you should consider before you actually put it in place. Below we explain exactly what you need to consider.
- Setting the dryer on a level surface also reduces the chance of it shifting out of place during the spin cycle. The adjustable feet underneath the dryer help you to level it.
- Drying releases moist air into the room where your dryer is located. Some dryers emit more moisture than others. In a small space that is poorly ventilated, the moisture can cause condensation on the windows or mold on the walls and ceiling. So choose a dryer that emits little moisture if you put it in a small, unheated space.
- Look at the direction of the door and whether there is enough room for the door to swing open. With most dryers, the door slams open to the left, only with Miele clothes dryers does the door open to the right more often.
- Different dryers have different ways of condensate drainage. Most heat pump dryers and condenser dryers allow you to choose whether to drain the moisture with a drain hose through the water outlet, or store it in the built-in reservoir. In this case, the reservoir must be laid out regularly. In the case of the extractor dryer, the moist air is led outside with an exhaust hose through a window or a hole in the wall. Choose a dryer with the type of vent that is possible in the room where you want to place your new clothes dryer.
- And last but not least, make sure you have a suitable power supply near where you will place your dryer.
These are the general points about installing a dryer. Depending on where and how you place your dryer, you may need to take more things into account.
How to put a dryer on top of a washing machine
Many people choose to put their dryer on top of their washing machine. This is a convenient choice for several reasons. The main reason is that it allows the dryer to take up less space. Otherwise, the space above your washing machine isn’t used much anyway. Another big advantage of stacking your washer and dryer is that you always have power and drainage nearby. Often you can connect an extra hose to your water drain with a special spacer. And finally, it makes it easier to get your laundry out of the dryer. In addition to the above points, here are some things to keep in mind when putting your dryer on top of a washing machine:
- Make sure the washer is level. In order to stop the washing machine from vibrating and prevent damage to the floor and the appliance itself, it is important that your washing machine is level. This will also make it easier to level your dryer. Screw the adjustable feet higher or lower to get the appliances stable.
- Make sure there is enough room above the washing machine to fit the dryer. Measure this carefully in advance.
- Never place a dryer on top of a washing machine by itself. Make sure there are at least two people on top of it.
- In addition, it’s a good idea to clean the top and outside of the washing machine before placing it. Don’t forget the back, because once the dryer is in place you won’t be able to access that easily.
Placing your dryer on the floor
There are also several reasons to just place your dryer on the floor. For example, because you want to put something else above it, because you have a top-loading washer, or because you don’t have enough room in height to stack your washer and dryer. Whatever the reason, these are the additional points to consider when putting your clothes dryer on the floor.
- Wash dryers can shake quite a bit when spinning. Therefore, make sure that you place the dryer on a stable surface. This will reduce the chance of the vibration knocking it off its place or damaging the floor.
- Make sure you also have a stone surface. A floor made of concrete, stone, or matte tile is best suited for putting a dryer on. A more fragile surface, such as a high-pile carpet, will be easily damaged.