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What Is the Difference Between A Heat Pump And A Condenser Dryer?

Time to buy a new tumble dryer? With so many different types on the market, the choice can seem quite overwhelming. Understanding the operating technologies can certainly help you determine the best option for you.

What is the difference between a heat pump and a condenser tumble dryer? Find out more here…

What is a heat pump tumble dryer?

A heat pump dryer is a term used to describe a ventless dryer. The main variance between a heat pump dryer and a condenser dryer is the way they generate heat to dry the laundry. A heat pump dryer can offer better protection as it takes longer to dry clothes, but it uses a lot less energy in doing so.

How does a heat pump tumble dryer work?

Tumble dryers with a heat pump are designed to reheat the air that’s already circulating in the appliance. This is known as an air-to-air condensation drying technology. This results in the energy being kept inside – reducing monthly bills, and being kinder to the environment.

What is heat pump tumble dryer?

A heat pump dryer also extracts moisture from the laundry and converts it into water which is removed from the dryer via the discharge drain. The difference between a heat pump dryer and a condenser dryer here is the air-to-air condensation technology used in the heat pump and the cool water condensation method used by the condenser dryer.

What are the disadvantages of a heat pump?

Heat pump dryers do take longer to dry a load – sometimes up to twice as long as the latest condenser tumble dryer models. This is due to the temperature used to dry the clothing being lower. The average price of heat pump tumble dryers comes in at about £700, although prices are starting to fall. This compares with around £400 for a vented dryer and £300 for a condenser tumble dryer option.

What is a condenser tumble dryer?

A condenser tumble dryer can be located in any well-ventilated room or in the garage, as it doesn’t need an exterior vented hose. A condenser uses a heater element to generate heat which dies the clothing.

The moisture removed from the laundry is converted into water and collected in a container, often referred to as a reservoir, within or under the machine. This needs to be emptied manually on a regular basis.

Condenser dryers usually have a humidity sensor to cut off the programme when the washing is dry. They have quick programmes but aren’t the most energy-efficient option. They also need regular maintenance such as cleaning the lint filter and heat exchanger and wiping down the sensor bars located inside the drum.

The condensing process takes a lot of energy and needs an ambient temperature of between 5 degrees and 30 degrees Celsius to work effectively.

What is a vented tumble dryer?

Vented tumble drying involves drawing air in from the room, heating it to dry the laundry, and extracting it through a vent or grill. This could be via a hose positioned through an open window, or a small vent fitted to an external wall. Vented dryers use much less energy than a condenser dryer.

Can I get my tumble dryer repaired?

Yes, you certainly can. Whatever make or model you own tumble dryer repair London experts will help fix any problems. You’ll be able to make an appointment that suits you – often on the same day if you have an urgent issue. And you can request a quote upfront. All work will be carried out by experienced and qualified technicians and comes with a six months service guarantee.