Your condensing dryer takes longer to dry your clothes? Have you recently thought about cleaning, in addition to filters, the water condenser? This very simple manipulation is done in 4 steps.
- Locate the condenser and take it out
- Brush and shower the condenser
- Dry the condenser
- Put the condenser back in its place
What is the condenser of a dryer?
The operation of a condensation dryer is simple. The ambient air is sucked in, heated by resistors and blown into the rotating drum containing the wet cloth, catching moisture as it passes. This air then passes through filters (in and under the door), then passes through the condenser. This is composed of metal plates arranged in sheets. The contrast between their freshness and the heat of the moisture-laden air will cause the condensation of the vapor into drops of water. The drops form on the condenser and are then discharged into the tank that you empty after each drying. To ensure good condensation, the gates and plates of the capacitor must be regularly removed from all the small fibers and fluff that pass through the filter barrier. We do not always think about it! How to proceed?
How to clean the condenser of a dryer?
Locate the condenser and take it out
The condenser is located behind a small door, often at the bottom left of your dryer. Open it. The condenser can be right behind the door, or behind a plastic part that just pulls towards you to see the condenser. It is often necessary to turn small tabs to release the condenser of its housing.
On some new tumble dryers, called “heat pump,” the system is not the same. You just need to vacuum the foam filter you find behind the small door. These tumble dryers, even more, expensive than the classics, are also much less energy-hungry and therefore obtain a class A energy performance. The heated air, instead of being exhausted to the outside, is recovered and re-blown into the drum. That’s why electrical resistors have less work to provide! Energy savings of up to 40% are compared to conventional tumble dryers.
Brush and shower the condenser
Bring the condenser into your shower or tub. Turn on the shower and carefully spray the water all over the room. The water must pass between the metal plates to carry with it all the dust that has accumulated there. Even better: with a brush, clean the grates, and all that is accessible before rinsing one last time.
You can use the tank water, devoid of limestone, to water the plants. However, do not consider it pure distilled water! But above all, never use it for drinking or food in general!
Dry the condenser
It is important not to put a wet condenser back in the dryer. He would not perform well afterward. Wipe what you can with a cloth, then let it dry in a dry and well-ventilated place. Only after, you can put it back.
Ventilated dryers, less common than their condensing colleagues, drain water outside. This water passes either directly into the ambient air (pay attention to the excellent ventilation of the room in this case, on pain of seeing mold and damage appear on the walls and ceilings), or in a sheath that must end up somewhere outside the house. However, there are commercially available condensers independent of the machine, to adapt to this sheath to avoid the problem of evacuation. These devices have minimal operation and will release a lot of humidity in the room.
Put the condenser back in its place
Is your condenser dry? Perfect, you can put it in his home. Push it incorrectly and put the fins or tabs back in the hold position. If it was very dirty, now you will surely notice the difference in drying time!
The condenser must be cleaned at least once a month. Feel free to wipe a cloth inside its location to get as much fiber and lint as possible. As for the filters, which are one or two at the door, it is essential to remove dust after each drying cycle. The amount of dust that is deposited there is sometimes impressive and blocks the circulation of the air. To shorten the drying time, wring out the weakly brittle linen at maximum speed.