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 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 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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Where is the condenser of the dryer

In most clothes dryers, the condenser is located on the lower left side of the front of the unit. The condenser is hidden behind a flap that is attached with one or two latches. Still can’t find the condenser there? Then consult the manual of your dryer or ask your supplier. It is important to know exactly where the condenser of your tumble dryer is because it needs to be cleaned regularly. To do this, remove the condenser from the dryer and rinse it under the tap or with a showerhead. With a damp cloth, wipe the area inside the dryer clean, then you can put the condenser back.

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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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How deep is a dryer

In general, all clothes dryers have more or less the same dimensions, regardless of whether you’re looking at heat pump dryers, condenser dryers or extractor dryers. They are always 57.5 to 68 cm deep. Often, deeper clothes dryers have a larger drum, and therefore more fill weight. In addition, dryers have a standard width of 60 cm and are 84 to 85.5 cm high. These dimensions are especially important if you want to build in your dryer or place it in a closet. The exact dimensions can also be important when you want to place your dryer on top of your washing machine.

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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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