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What is a Condenser Tumble Dryer

A tumble dryer is an appliance that dries washed clothes by spinning them in hot air inside a rotating drum. Most tumble dryers feature a filter which collects fibres, and must be regularly cleaned to maintain the best drying performance. When it comes to which tumble dryer is best for you, you need to know a little more about modern technology – for example what is a condenser tumble dryer? Read on …

Tumble dryer drumWhat is a condenser dryer?

Condenser dryers doesn’t need an externally vented hose, so you can actually put them wherever you want as long as the room is well ventilated. They have improved in energy efficiency over the last few years, but not all models cost less to run, and are generally more expensive to buy. You can help cut down on energy use by drying like fabrics together, and by not overloading.

How does a condenser dryer work?

The water removed from your clothes is collected in a container which you must empty on a regular basis – a full reservoir can weigh up to 6kg! Some models may have the ability to pump out excess water using the plumbing to the washing machine, and others may have a sensor that turns off the heater when clothes are dry.

What is a vented tumble dryer?

These tumble dryers work by getting rid of warm, damp air via a hose put out of the window, or through a vent installed in an external wall. They need to be put by a window, door, or outside wall to allow the hose to work effectively.

What is a heat pump tumble dryer?

Using heat pump technology these are the most energy-efficient condenser tumble dryers available. They have a lower frying temperature, so use less electricity, are quiet, and gentle on your clothes.

Dry stacked clothesCondenser tumble dryer or vented – which is best?

Surveys suggest that vented dryers are cheaper, simpler to operate, and more economical to run. As they have fewer parts they’re easier to repair and to get parts for. However the flexible venting hose can kink and trap dust and water, and is often awkward to get at. The vent hose can easily be damaged, and if the filter isn’t cleaned regularly, accumulated fluff can cause fires.

Condenser tumble dryers offer a solution to genuine problems of not being able to vent the dryer to an outside space. But they can be difficult to repair at home, as they tend to be more complicated, have several filters, and can quickly become inefficient if the condenser chamber and water reservoir aren’t properly maintained.

Where shall I go for repairs?

You don’t need to go anywhere – let an experienced appliance repair man come to you! You’ll be able to get a quote before any work begins, and arrange an appointment that suits you. Your work will be carried out by trained technicians, your service will be fully insured, and have a six month guarantee. When you need tumble dryer repairs booking this service is completely hassle-free!