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Tumble dryers...the mystery of

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I suspected from the start that our new tumble dryer was not playing ball. Yes, it gets hot and yes it drys clothes, towels etc eventually; but I feel it is all taking far too long. How much is too… Read More
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
I suspected from the start that our new tumble dryer was not playing ball. Yes, it gets hot and yes it drys clothes, towels etc eventually; but I feel it is all taking far too long.

How much is too much in one load, I put about 5 towels in the other day and it took hours to get them remotely dry. It only seems to work reasonably well when there is hardly anything in it.

My problem may be that I am comparing a bog standard household dryer with the industrial versions at the launderette that seem to dry stuff in minutes.
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
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#1
is it vented or a condenser?
#2
Is it a washer/dryer combined as I had one of these and it took for ever to dry stuff, whereas now I have seperate washing machine and tumble drier its much, much quicker.

Hope this helps in some way!
#3
A mixture of towels, shirts, socks etc, half filling the dryer, takes about 40 minutes in mine. And I don't live in a laundrette. :)
#4
mine is a wash/dry takes forever tooo i have to put it to spin for 100 mins to get it dry, o the amount of money im wasting not having a garden
#5
My washer dryer is great.
I've had Hoover and Hotpoint that were useless and broke within days, so they went back.
I then bought a Zanussi with turbo dry. It's honestly the best appliance I have ever bought. Everything is wardrobe dry in 2 hours (which compared to the 7 hours my others took is great).
I am just dreading the day it goes wrong...
#6
The washer/drier I had was a Zanussi, which I choose as I had been so pleased with the washing machine I'd had previously of theirs (which had lated over 10 years - no mean feat when you consider I had a young family at the time and washed nappies!). But, the combination washer/drier was very disappointing I found.

This time around I have seperates (both Zanussi - as I swear by them for this sort of applicance).
#7
i dont trust washer dryers we had one in a rented house once and i washed our clothes then put them on to dry and it cooked them!!!!!!!! burn marks and all
#8
Tarby25;1666193
i dont trust washer dryers we had one in a rented house once and i washed our clothes then put them on to dry and it cooked them!!!!!!!! burn marks and all


That was the microwave, dear. :p
#9
my condenser dryer takes agggggggges
#10
dunno...need to ask my missus:whistling:
#11
I felt our dryer was taking ages and as we are now selling up I moved the dryer
the last day and the hose thingy which we usually just put out the window
when the dryer on... only to find there was a bend in the hose thing and months worth
(a whole basin) of water had gathered in it. WHAT IS the hose thing called btw??
#12
a vent hose/kit/pipe
#13
:oops:of course
#14
its a while since i worked in that trade but many washer driers had different load capacity for wash and dry
ie 10lb wash capacity but only 6lb dry capacity check your manual, plus all washer driers are condensing meaning they dont need venting so that makes it longer to dry as well
we have a standalone condenser drier and it takes a while but hey i aint standing watching it
#15
Mines a condenser (infact it's just broke hence why I'm reading this thread ! ) and sometimes it took ages to dry if I put a heavy load in (ie towels ect ) , I rang the bloke out not long ago and discovered that I could reset my tumble dryer by pushing a little button in the back (it must pop out when it gets overloaded) I know do this if I find my washing taking ages to dry and it works, you have to feel around for the button but hey its worth a try !
#16
lol yes my old one had that little red button to we were always pressing ours,my new one hasnt got that,is it just white knight driers that have the button?
#17
I've not had a tumble dryer in years like maybe 8yrs now, but if you having it on for a few hours well it take my radioter a few hours to dry some bath towels so you might aswell keep warm and dry them at same time. I'll be hanging out washing soon,some people already are but I need a new line fixing up and I ain't doing it myself!
#18
the only thing is with drying on the radiaters is they stay really creased alot of things dont need ironing after being in the dryer
#19
Not a condensor. A separate unit from the washing machine.
#20
edjaned
the only thing is with drying on the radiaters is they stay really creased alot of things dont need ironing after being in the dryer


yeh true lol,but seeing I don't iron regularly thats my partners problem to deal with.
#21
I would expect four fluffy bath (sheet) towels washed and spun at 1200 to take about 75 minutes in my Hotpoint Aquarius Ultra - with proper hose thing . Seems about average to me.
I can't always be organised enough to put them on the rack airer next to an overnight heater.
Anyway hours is too long. Did you actually time them? Mind you, if you put too much in then it doesn't aerate enough and will take hours, IMHO.
#22
edjaned
the only thing is with drying on the radiaters is they stay really creased alot of things dont need ironing after being in the dryer


I find the opposite.
#23
I had much the same problem when I had a zanussi washer dryer. I was trying to save space by buying a washer dryer. When it went wrong big time after 4 years I asked the local washing machine engineer and he recommended that if you have the space to have seperate washing machine and dryer. I have now got an ordinary washing machine and a compact tumble dryer (I also had a compact one when I first got married before the washer dryer) The dryer is fantastic. It might be a pain putting the hose out of the window but its much more efficient that anything else. My mum has recently had an operation and due to incapacity all her washing is now tumble dried in a compact dryer mine is a Hotpoint V3 DOO about £150
#24
looking at various tumble dryers at the moment as drying clothes has become a pain in our flat. and obviously tumble dryers are notorious electric eaters but some of these are attrocious That hotpoint you mentioned is F rated...thats really bad! im not a "save the planet guy" but surely products that bad shud be told to sod off! lol
#25
I use my washing machine and tumble dryer at least 2 times in a day every day and i go through about £6 electric a week, thats to run the whole house eg tv, stereo, laptop, pc, games consoles etc on electric as well as wash and dry

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