The dryer is a handy device for many families. But are you using it well?
Whether you are a novice or a regular, you are told how to use and maintain your tumble dryer properly.
Choose the right program
Your dryer has ten different programs? It’s not for nothing! Use them correctly, and you’ll find that you’ll spend less time ironing.
For example, at the end of the “shirts” program, your shirts are always slightly damp. It is then enough to take them out, to hang them on a hanger and they will steam themselves under the weight of the water. Practice, no?
Read the labels well
Pay attention to the labels of his clothes; it seems sometimes useless … But in reality, it avoids many disasters!
1. No special prohibitions on the use of the dryer
2. Drying at moderate temperature/speed
3. Do not tumble dry
Reduce your consumption
Limit your energy consumption by applying these simple gestures: they will save you from having to restart a machine, or your dryer will heat up too much.
- Wring out your clothes at maximum speed when they are in the washing machine: drying takes less time and consumes less.
- Fill your dryer, without exceeding the maximum load. Dry heavy laundry in such as jeans and towels separately so that all your laundry is evenly dry.
- Mix the pieces of different sizes in your dryer so that the warm air circulates better between the clothes.
- Clean the condenser and the exhaust filter regularly. This will prevent your dryer from having to operate longer to achieve the desired drying.
why not make a gesture for your wallet? Use the ” delayed start ” to launch your programs during off-peak hours: you benefit from lower prices!
Clean the filters
The filters collect small tissue particles that come off your clothes. Clean them after each program. Like that, you’ll never need to change them
- Remove the largest lint by hand;
- Rinse the filters at the tap. When clean, water flows through the filter. Some filters can be machine washed: check this in your device manual;
- Let them dry.
Clean the drum
Clean the inside of your tumble dryer and its buttons easily with a stainless steel cleaner.
Clean the condenser
Condensing dryers have a condenser that dehumidifies the hot air from the drum. It is usually located at the bottom left of your device, behind a small door.
Air must still be able to circulate through the aluminum walls of your condenser, so clean it regularly (about every five uses).
Below, we first explain how to clean the condenser of your traditional tumble dryer. The explanations for the tumble dryers with a heat pump are just below. And do not forget that your manual also contains specific tips for your device.
- Unplug your dryer;
- Open the device and press the button that opens the condenser door;
- Turn the knob in the direction shown and remove the condenser with its handle. (Warning, it may contain water.)
- Remove the majority of residues with a soft cloth;
- Rinse the condenser under the tap in the direction of flow of the water (indicated in your instructions);
- Allow the condenser to dry completely;
- Also, clean the condenser door with a soft cloth.
Tumble dryer with heat pump
- Unplug your dryer;
- Open the small door under your appliance and remove the filter and filter holder. The condenser is just behind and can not be removed from the dryer;
- Clean the front of the condenser with a painter’s brush. Brush gently up and down the condenser coverslips to remove dust. Is the dust dried? Rather than brush harder, moisten the dust again, for example with a water diffuser.
Good to know: some tumble dryers have a self-cleaning condenser. Convenient for those who are not fans of household chores!
What to do at the end of the program?
Apply these three simple actions as soon as the program is finished:
- Unload laundry: If your laundry stays too long in the dryer at the end of the program, it gets wet from the remaining moisture and tends to smell bad.
- Clean the filters: remove the lint after each use and rinse the filters with water preferably after each program to prevent them from clogging.
- Empty the water tank after each program: this prevents a program from interrupting while driving because the tank is full.
Always leave the door of your tumble dryer open when you are not using it. Thus, the remaining moisture dries and you avoid bad smells.
Care and troubleshooting
The dryer must be maintained regularly like other devices. Although care is a little time-consuming, it can be extremely worthwhile regarding its lifespan. It does not matter which device type it is.
At first, you should free the dryer from dust and dirt from time to time. This applies to both the case and the interior. Above all, make sure that you clean the lint from the lint after each drying cycle. Mostly it is near the dryer door.
You should do this about three to four times a year. If it is an exhaust air dryer, you should instead clean the hose.
Even if the device was still so well maintained, it can still occasionally come to disturbance. In the following, we show you in a small table how you can easily fix the most common mistakes yourself.
|Dryer does not dry||
|Laundry smells unpleasant / stinks||
|Laundry despite cabinet dry still damp||
Of course, many more problems and solutions are not listed in this table. In case of problems, it is best to first look into the operating instructions of your dryer, as some problems are also model-related. For some malfunctions or error messages, it is necessary to consult a specialist.