Appliance Installation Guide- Condenser and Vented Tumble Dryers

A Tumble Dryer can give an unexpected boost to your home. No more hanging out clothes on the washing line with one eye on the clouds in case it starts raining!

Condenser Tumble Dryers: Lets start with the Condenser Tumble Dryer that is rapidly becoming the model of choice.  These domestic models invariably come in one size looking very similar in size and looks to the traditional front loading washing machine.

Condenser Dryers use cold steel plates that create condensation when the warm wet air from the drum is pumped over the surfaces. This water is then drained or pumped into a container ready for disposal by the user. Some dryers are able to drain this water directly into drains using the homes plumbing system but be sure that this is connected in the right manner.

Where should the Condenser Tumble Dryer go? The air pumped out the Condenser Tumble Dryer is usually damp so be aware that care should be given when deciding where the machine should be positioned. Although this machine can operate quite happily anywhere in the home it can make rooms suffer with damp if not ventilated appropriately.

Plug in and go! The machine should start working immediately so after checking that the drum is in a good clean condition free of any manufacturing residues place some wet clothes in the drum and use the instruction manual to select a programme. The condenser water container will start to fill after a few minutes of use as the clothes are dried. Just ensure that this container is not leaking.

What model should I choose? Timed, Sensor or Heat Pump.We would recommend that everyone should at least consider a sensor dryer as the very little extra cost will repay itself time and time over. The clothes will come out as dry as you want them to be every time whether cupboard dry or iron dry for clothes that need to be pressed into shape. The original timed machines are very good but a good result will rely on luck or more expense through over drying. Remember that dryers will pump cold air into the drum for the last ten minutes which often means starting again heating the machine back up from cold if the clothes need to be dried further. Why not consider a Heat Pump Dryer? These machines save an enormous amount of money sometimes as much as 70% of the energy normally expected by repumping hot air back into the drum. We estimate that most of these Heat Pump Dryers will pay back the difference in price in just a few months of use!

Vented Tumble Dryers: These domestic machines can be bought in a smaller size rather than the normal washing machine size if space is an issue as all of these dryers will exhaust damp air through a hose some consideration should be given to where this can be vented. In fact it must be mentioned that poorly fitted vented dryers can be a fire hazard as verified by any fire officer. The dryer after all will produce a good amount of heat and fluff in the pipe despite how effective the fluff filter may be. This can catch light very easily if not installed correctly.


Installation of an outside vent: To ensure that the risk of a fire is greatly diminished care and consideration should be given to install a vent for the pipe to exhaust the hot air to the outside of the home. This permanent solution is a much better idea than sticking a pipe outside through an open window. This venting can be undertaken by a professional or by a competent DIYer following instructions. Many builders merchants and House improvement centres will stock these outside wall kits. Each kit may be slightly different in size so follow the instructions and complete the installation. Then fix the flexible hose securely to the vent and test the machine before placing any clothes inside. There should be a good outward pressure felt outside of the external wall.You should now have a good permanent method of heat extraction considered much better than dangling a hose out of an available window.

We hope you find this guide of use. and enjoy the benefits of your new tumble dryer