Before you ditch the washing line for good, you need to know how to install a dryer. With the right knowledge and just a little elbow grease, it’s possible to install a dryer at home without the help of a professional. Installing the best dryers correctly is the first step to keeping your dryer in good condition long-term.
While vented dryers expel hot air into vents, condenser tumble dryers collect excess moisture in a water tank. There are crucial differences in the steps taken to install each type of dryer. We’ve got both covered, and consulted with an expert, to ensure that your dryer is set up for success from the start.
How to install a condenser tumble dryer
1. Choose a well-ventilated space
Since condenser dryers expel heat, they can cause damp to accumulate. “Make sure there’s at least 10 cm of space between the sides and back of the unit,” advises Appliance Repair Technician, Jeff Russell.
2. Take safety precautions
Switch off power sources such as light switches and unplug nearby appliances.
3. Plug in your dryer
Connect the power cord to a grounded power outlet or power trip with surge protection such as an overload breaker. “It’s also a good idea to attach some kind of ground fault circuit interrupter,” says Russell.
“Just make sure that all parts fit snugly together and don’t forget to double-check manufacturer instructions before starting anything. Always switch off power sources before starting work and make sure all connections are secure before turning on your appliance again,” Jeff Russell, Appliance Repair Technician for Diamond Appliance Repair in Kansas City.
4. Connect the hose
Connect one end of the air intake hose to the tumble dryer’s exhaust port, which is usually located near the back of the machine. “Use clamps or duct tape to secure this connection firmly in place,” says Russell.
5. Level the dryer
Using a level, ensure the dyer is level to reduce wear and tear.
6. Run a test load
Any hissing or dipping noises are signs that the dryer connections are not secure.
How to install a vented tumble dryer
1. Choose where to place your dryer
While a vented dryer needs sufficient space, the most important thing is that the room’s vents are clear. Jeff advises to, “move furniture away from the vents so that air can flow freely when the dryer is running.”
2. Prepare your equipment
The plastic venting pipe can be put aside. The exhaust kit should be attached to the back of the venting pipe using a screwdriver or electric drill.
3. Use the manufacturer’s instructions to assemble the parts
First, you should connect one end of the venting pipe to either side of the dryer. “Make sure they fit snugly so that no air escapes while in use,” says Russell. Attach the other end of the pipe to an outlet such as a wall or window.
4. Level the dryer
Level the dryer using a level device to boost its efficiency and extend its life.
5. Plug in the machine
The machine is ready to use.
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