How to install a dryer - save time and money by doing it yourself

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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 (opens in new tab) 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. 

What the expert says...

“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 (opens in new tab) 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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Katie Treharne

Katie is a journalist who covers everything from hobbies to luxury travel and wellness. Also an editor for a luxury travel magazine, she is fascinated with the digital sphere and how it helps to inform and inspire people to get the most out of their lives.

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