Condenser Dryer or Vented Dryer? Making the Right Choice for You

Which dryer is right for you is a matter requiring quite a lot of consideration. You’ll have to consider price range, of course, but when you set out it is important to consider whether you need a vented dryer or a condenser dryer, first.

The first consideration is easy; can you vent your dryer? If it is impossible for you to adequately vent your dryer, you’ll need to go for a condenser dryer for obvious reasons. However, many people are concerned about the level of upkeep required to keep such a unit running. Luckily, you don’t need to worry; the added time commitment is very small and I will outline the necessary regular steps in this article, allowing you to refer to it to take adequate care of your new condenser dryer.

In small spaces and areas that are difficult or impossible to vent, the condenser dryer is invaluable as it allows you to simply plug the unit into the outlet and use it. You needn’t mess around with the vent or worry about placement so much and the unit can easily be moved as long as there is an outlet near its new place.

As your unit is a condenser unit, it will funnel the steam into a water drawer which you will need to empty after every load. Don’t neglect this; not only will prolonged use cause your drawer to leak, water left to get stagnant could cause mould to grow in the drawer. If you plan to leave for some time, on holiday or similar, you may wish to remove the drawer altogether and leave it upside-down in the sink to drain completely and prevent a build up of mould or fungus. However, in day-to-day use you simply empty the container after each load and slide it back into the unit to keep everything in tip top working shape.

The condenser unit within your dryer needs regular cleaning, too. Not only does water pass through this unit, it can also obtain a build-up of lint which can clog the works. This will stop your dryer from working as efficiently and can affect its efficiency to such a degree as to break the entire works over time. There will be instructions for your particular condenser unit in your user’s guide when you purchase a dryer, but be willing to play it by ear. Simply pull your condenser unit out once a week and have a look. If you use your dryer once daily, you will probably find cleaning the condenser unit once a week is more suitable than the oft-recommended once a month. Tailor your cleaning regime to your dryer and be aware that you can’t really over-clean the condenser unit – but you can under-clean it.

Finally, a word on the lint trap. While this needs cleaning after every load – just like a vented dryer – and could benefit from the occasional hoover-nozzle being stuck down the slot the lint trap slides into – again just like a vented dryer – it is worth checking your lint trap allows water to pass through it. The use of certain fabric softeners can cause your lint trap to become water-proof over time, at which stage your dryer could very well succumb to related causes. Once every few months, run some water over your lint trap (once it’s been cleaned) and see if the water leaks through. If not, washing it gently with dish soap will rectify the issue; just remember to let it dry thoroughly before slotting it back into the dryer.

The condenser dryer is often left by the wayside as it requires a bit more maintenance on a regular basis than the more popular vented model. However, you can count on it to do a good job if you simply dedicate a few minutes to its upkeep on a regular basis. Enjoy!


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