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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A large family requires a larger dryer, and also a higher fill weight. A smaller family will suffice with a dryer with a smaller fill weight.
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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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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 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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What is a condenser dryer

Condenser dryers are, next to heat pump dryers, the most sold type of dryer in the Netherlands. Because they do not work with a heat pump but with an electric heating element, the average drying program of a condensing dryer is shorter than that of a heat pump dryer. The condenser dryer dries with a relatively high drying temperature. In purchase, the condenser dryer is usually cheaper, but because of the use of the heating element, they do not dry energy efficiently. Most condenser dryers have energy class B, which makes them more expensive to use than heat pump dryers. With a condenser dryer, water can usually be drained in two ways; with a drain hose to the water outlet, or it is collected in a built-in reservoir. If you use the reservoir, you will need to empty it after each drying cycle.

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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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