How a condenser dryer works

Condenser dryers use an electric heating element that causes the air inside the drum to reach a high temperature. That heat air, along with the centrifuge – the hard spinning of the drum – removes the moisture from the laundry. Because a condenser dryer dries at a higher temperature than, say, a heat pump dryer, your laundry dries relatively quickly. In addition, condensation dryers usually have two options for removing moisture; you connect it with a drain hose to the water outlet, or you use the built-in water tank. You have to empty this after every drying session, for example in the sink.

 

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How hot does a dryer get

The temperature inside the drum during drying depends entirely on the drying program you have selected. With condenser dryers and airflow dryers, the temperature can be as high as 75 degrees. However, with a heat pump dryer, the air does not get warmer than 35 degrees. By drying at a lower temperature, your laundry lasts longer and you save on your energy bill. However, the drying program also takes longer when you dry at a lower temperature. For that reason, a heat pump dryer often takes longer to dry laundry than other types of dryers.

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How wide is a dryer

Most clothes dryers are 60 cm wide. Almost all dryers, regardless of whether they are heat pump dryers, condenser dryers or airflow dryers, have more or less the same dimensions. They are 84 to 85.5 cm high and have a depth of 57.5 to 68 cm. If you have your clothes dryer built in, put it in a closet or want to stack it on top of your washing machine, these dimensions are very important. Sometimes half a centimeter can make all the difference. Therefore, always measure the dimensions in advance.

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How long does a dryer last

Research by the Consumers’ Association shows that clothes dryers last an average of 11 years. How long that is exactly depends of course on several factors. Like how often you turn on your dryer, how full you fill it and how you maintain it. In addition, the expected life of a dryer also varies by model and brand. For example, heat pump dryers generally last longer than condenser dryers and airflow dryers. A lifetime of 11 years is average, but then of course there are exceptions. Miele dryers, for example, last a lot longer than those of other A-brands. According to the Consumers’ Association survey, Miele dryers have an average lifespan of 16 years.

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How does a washer-dryer work

With a washer-dryer combo you can both wash and dry, thus saving space in your laundry room or bathroom. Because you also only buy one appliance instead of two, you also often save money with a washer-dryer combo. Because of the washer-dryer combo, you don’t have to transfer your laundry to another appliance when it’s washed clean and needs to be dried. Just like a regular washer and dryer, a washer-dryer combo has different wash and dry programs. However, washer-dryers often have a smaller fill weight for drying than for washing. In addition, washer-dryers have higher energy consumption and are slower to wash and dry than two separate appliances.

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Where is the sensor in a dryer

More and more clothes dryers have a built-in sensor so that the dryer knows how much laundry is in the drum and exactly how damp it is. Based on this information, the smart dryer can select a wash program and drying time, so your laundry is not dried for too long and is not exposed to heat unnecessarily. In this way you save on your energy bill and your laundry lasts longer too. This sensor is located inside the drum, but its exact location may vary depending on the model and brand. Your dryer’s manual will tell you where the sensor is located. It is important to know exactly where the sensor is, because you will need to clean it somewhat regularly. Only then can the sensor continue to do its job properly and you are guaranteed a perfectly dry wash.

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How heavy is a dryer

Most clothes dryers weigh between 45 kg and 60 kg, regardless of whether they are an air-flow dryer, condenser dryer or heat pump dryer. Exactly how heavy a dryer is varies by size and model. For example, dryers with a large fill weight are often heavier than dryers with a small fill weight. The specifications of the dryer will tell you exactly how much it weighs. Dryers almost always weigh less than washing machines. For that reason – if you’re going to stack appliances – you always want to put the clothes dryer on top. This is because the clothes dryer probably can’t support the weight of the washing machine. Also, the chances of the dryer moving from its spot are very low with new clothes dryers. This is because the carbon brush free motor causes less vibration.

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