In winter our use of tumble dryers typically peaks, Ben Peach, Laundry Product Manager at Haier Europe provides his top five tips to keep your tumble dryer working well:
1.Choose the right location for your dryer
Tumble dryers use heat to dry, so make sure your dryer is placed in a location with good ventilation. Dryers located in a warm room will use less energy and those in a cold area will use more, so this should be a consideration for energy-conscious consumers.
2. Clean the lint filter
Lint filters should be cleaned after every use, by gently ‘scraping’ lint from the internal surface of the filter. It’s vital that this is done with each cycle, as failure to remove lint will result in a buildup, which has the potential to pose a fire risk.
The filter is usually located just inside the door, rim or behind a panel at the front of the dryer and should be pulled out of the machine for thorough cleaning — but you should always make sure the appliance has cooled down before you clean it.
3. Run the filter under the tap
Running the filter under the tap or giving it the once over with a vacuum cleaner will ensure its extra clean, but make sure it’s properly dried before putting it back in place.
4. Lighten the load
Overloading your tumble dryer will stop the appliance working as effectively, because clothes won’t be able to move freely around the drum. It’ll use more energy, too, so try not to load too much into the dryer at once.
5. Follow any recommended programm
Follow the recommended programme-specific capacity guidelines in the instruction booklet, split wash loads if necessary, so each garment has plenty of opportunity to reach the hot air.
6. Ensure the pockets are empty and the clothes are clean
It’s easy to forget but taking time to make sure pockets are emptied of coins, receipts and anything else is really important. Not only could they damage the clothes, but they could harm the machine, too.
7. If freshening up clothes, make sure clothes are clean
If you’re using your tumble dryer to freshen up clothes, it’s important that they are clean before running a cycle. Residue including cooking oil, acetone or alcohol can be flammable, so any items with these on should be thoroughly washed before they go in the tumble dryer.
8. Check the water reservoir regularly (condenser dryers only)
Whilst some models collect excess water within a canister in the appliance door, which is therefore easy to monitor, most reservoirs are hidden within the appliance casing, usually within the plinth. The amount of water collected will depend on regularity of use and dampness of clothes, so it’s important to check and empty little and often, to keep the reservoir at a manageable level.
9. Ensure proper maintenance
Proper maintenance of tumble driers helps avoid appliances breaking down or malfunctioning — saving you the time, trouble and expense of repair. There are various styles of tumble dryer (condenser, vented and heat pump and each will have its own dedicated instructions; but these are some universal rules that households should follow to keep their dryer well maintained.
10. Choose a dryer for your needs
Haier Europe which offers dryers from Haier, Hoover and Candy has a range of high-performance condenser, vented and heat pump tumble dryer models available in 8kg to 11kg capacities, as well as washer dryers.