How to Keep Your Condenser Dryer Running Efficiently
Maintaining Your Condenser Dryer for Just a Few Minutes Each Month
I have been using a ventless condenser dryer for over a decade now. For those homes which do not have access to the outside for venting a tumble dryer, a condenser dryer makes perfect sense.
These dryers do take a bit more regular maintenance than vented tumble dryers, but with regular care they can be kept running smoothly and efficiently. Without this care, you will find that your clothes take longer to dry, wasting electricity and time.
I will show you, from practical experience, how to maintain your condenser dryer and keep it running efficiently for years.
What is the difference between a condenser dryer and a vented dryer
When drying clothes, the hot moist air is diverted into a condensing chamber. When this hot, moist air hits the metal condensing unit the steam turns into water. This water is collected in a plastic tank which needs to be emptied manually. Some condensing dryers can be plumbed so that this water goes to a drain.
A condenser dryer can be placed anywhere.
A vented tumble dryer blows hot damp air out via a venting pipe, ideally outdoors through an open window or an outside wall using a venting tube. If not properly vented they will cause condensation within a room.
A vented dryer must be situated near an outside wall for venting purposes.
Condenser dry cleaning schedule
After every load
- Empty the water collection chamber
- Clear the lint from the lint trap
Once a month
- Pull the condensation unit out and wash it out thoroughly.
- Thoroughly clean the slot where the lint trap sits.
Emptying the water collection chamber - Step by stepClick thumbnail to view full-size
Cleaning the lint trap in a condenser dryer
The condenser dryers that I have seen have the lint trap situated just inside the door. This is cleared by pulling the trap out and scraping any lint off.
After removing the lint filter and the condensing unit, use a flat dusting brush to push any lint which is sitting in this area out the bottom. The lint can then easily be hoovered up.
Use the hose and a flat attachment on the hoover then to clean the lint trap area and clear any residual lint.
Cleaning the lint filter - step by stepClick thumbnail to view full-size
To keep your lint trap working more efficiently, once a week rub a small bit of dish soap into the netting and rinse it off. This will clear away any micro particles of fluff that have gotten stuck in the filter.
Cleaning the Condenser Unit
Over time, lint will build up in the condenser unit, decreasing air flow through the unit and decreasing drying efficiency.
I have found that the best way to clean the condenser unit is to take it outside. I direct a strong flow of water through the unit and wash out any lint which may be sitting inside. Direct the water into the unit via all sides as the lint can get trapped in every little corner.
This cleaning can be done in the kitchen sink, but it's a bit trickier and many times the condensing unit is too large to sit in the sink and get under the tap.