How a dryer works

How a dryer dries depends largely on the type of dryer. Condenser dryers and air-dryers use an electric heating element combined with centrifugation – in which the dryer’s drum spins very quickly to squeeze moisture out of the laundry. Heat pump dryers have a heat pump and a refrigerant instead of the heating element. The heat pump converts the liquid refrigerant into gas form. This releases warm air, which heats the drum and your laundry. This method is a lot more energy efficient, making heat pump dryers cheaper to operate. However, the drying temperature remains relatively low, so it takes a little longer for your laundry to dry with a heat pump dryer. In addition, like the other types of dryers, a heat pump dryer also uses spin while drying.

 

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An energy-saving dryer has energy label A and uses less energy. When you invest in an energy-efficient dryer, you almost always recoup this investment.
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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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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 high is a dryer

The height of a clothes dryer varies between 84 and 85.5 cm. In general, all dryers have more or less the same dimensions, regardless of whether you are looking at heat pump dryers, condenser dryers or extractor dryers. They are standard 60 cm wide and have a depth of 57.5 to 68 cm. These dimensions are very important if you want to build in your dryer, place it in a closet or put it on top of your washing machine. With washing machines, there is a little more variation in the dimensions, so find out in advance how wide your new dryer may/should be.

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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 long does a drying programme take

A normal drying program takes about 90 minutes when using a condenser or air-flow dryer. Heat pump dryers take a little longer to dry your laundry because they use a lower drying temperature. However, they use considerably less energy and so your laundry lasts longer. Many tumble dryers have several drying programs that vary in length. For example, a fast drying program, or an eco-program that takes longer. Nowadays, many new dryers have a residual time indicator. This indicates how long it will take before your laundry is completely dry.

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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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