Washer and dryer set on 1 group

A washer and dryer set consists of a separate washer and dryer, which means that you need two electrical outlets near each other. In many cases it is still necessary to use two separate groups for this, but with today's technology there are also many exceptions to this rule. On this page you can find out exactly what you need to pay attention to when you are going to connect the appliances.

Washer and dryer set on 1 group



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Can a washer and dryer be on 1 group?  

A washing machine and dryer should always be connected on a separate group. Each group may be connected to 3600 Watts and an average washing machine consumes about 3000 Watts. According to official rules, all equipment with a consumption above 2000 Watts should be connected to a separate group.

If you have more than the 3600 Watts connection value on the same group, you run the risk of overloading. This can cause the wires to get hot, which can even cause a fire.

When you have a new washer and dryer set, it may be possible to connect both appliances to the same group. The energy consumption of a washer and dryer set with energy label A is so low that even the combined consumption remains well below 3500 Watts. If you have an energy-efficient washing machine with a brushless motor, for example, chances are that the wattage is well below 2000.

Make wise choices when it comes to a washer and dryer set, too. A large family requires a higher fill weight than a smaller family, which also requires a smaller fill weight. With an oversized washer and dryer set, you’ll use much more energy than you need. So invest in a washing machine that suits your household and don’t be afraid to spend a bit more, more expensive models with a self-cleaning detergent drawer, low noise washing, automatic detergent dosing and several wash programs often have a much longer life.

You can always find the consumption on the rating plate of your washer and dryer. There it says for example 230V-50Hz 2200 W 10A, so you know that a washer or dryer has a consumption of 2200 watts.

Washer and dryer set simultaneously on        

If you do want to connect the two appliances to the same group, they cannot be on at the same time unless the consumption of both appliances is below 3500 watts. To make sure that all goes well, you can use a changeover switch. As soon as one of them consumes more power, for example during the spin cycle, the tumble dryer will automatically switch off.

Always make sure your washing machine is level, as energy consumption can increase if the appliance has to work harder for any reason. It is always advisable to purchase a quiet washing machine with a low-noise centrifuge, as these often have low energy consumption. They are generally a bit more expensive, but you will almost always recoup your investment by saving on your energy costs.

Please note that insurance may be difficult to deal with if you connect both appliances to the same group. Even if you never turn them on at the same time, it is seen as a violation of the safety rules.

Frequently asked questions about washer and dryer sets on 1 group

During your search for the best washer and dryer set you will have many questions. In this section, we answer the questions most often asked by others.

Can a washer and dryer run at the same time?

A washer and dryer can run at the same time, as long as the combined power is under 3500 watts. If you are not sure that this is the case, you can choose to use a changeover switch, where the dryer is turned off the moment the energy consumption is too high.

Can a washing machine and a dryer on 1 group?      

It can really pay off to buy an energy-efficient washing machine, because it can be connected to the same group together with an energy-efficient clothes dryer. Always check the consumption of both appliances on the nameplate. If the total is under 3500 watts, you would be allowed to connect them to the same group.

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