How Does A Condenser Dryer Work?

  • Learn all about condenser dryers.
  • Compare condenser dryers and vented tumble dryers.

When you are considering a condenser dryer instead of the standard vented tumble dryer, it’s best to have all the information at hand.

What is a condenser dryer?

A condenser dryer (or condenser tumble dryer) condenses the warm air from the wet clothes into water while the dryer is in operation. Once the air created during the drying process has been condensed into water, the water is moved into the reservoir at the bottom of the machine.

What makes a condenser dryer different?

The standard vented tumble dryer has its own vent which leads outside of your home. These types of tumble dryer use the air from the room that they’re in to dry the clothes inside the drum as they’re spinning.

The warm air causes the moisture in the clothes to evaporate, and this air is then vented outside wherever your vent pipe leads to. As it leaves, you’ll see a stream of steam from the heating process.

In comparison, a condenser tumble dryer does not need a vent pipe and dries clothing in a slightly different way. Instead of the warm air evaporating the water in the clothing (as is the case for a vented tumble dryer), it condenses the air back into water within the machine.

Both dry clothes, but one creates steam from the water, while the other stores the water.

Is there any extra humidity to worry about?

Provided that your condenser tumble dryer is fitted into a room with decent ventilation, you shouldn’t have any issues with humidity in that room in your home.

The room’s temperature will likely be raised, due to the heating process that the dryer conducts, but you won’t experience excess moisture on windows and walls provided your dryer is situated in a larger room.

Essentially, don’t shove your condenser tumble dryer into a corner in the smallest part of your home and you should be fine.

Cleaning out the lint filter of a tumble dryer.

Troubleshooting: Why isn’t my laundry drying?

There are several things that could be causing this, and every type of tumble dryer eventually experiences these issues.

First, check that you’ve cleaned out the lint filter. You should be doing this after every cycle so that any lint or dust that the dryer picks up for you has somewhere to go.

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Second, flush out your condenser’s system with water. This will keep your appliance running at maximum capacity for its age.

Third, check the water tank level. Empty the tank after each drying cycle.

Fourth, look at what fabrics you’re trying to dry with your machine. Heavy and natural fabrics like cotton will take longer to dry than a cotton blend.

Fifth, try drying less clothing in each cycle. Overloading your dryer causes more harm than good! The drying process is significantly slowed down and some items may not come out as dry as others.

Lastly, how old is your machine? If it’s showing obvious wear and tear, it might be time to replace it.

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