How to clean and maintain your tumble dryer to prolong its life

Last updated 26/07/2022 08:53

Taking good care of your tumble dryer is not hard and there are a great many benefits to doing so, for you, your laundry, the machine and ultimately the environment.

Regular care and maintenance make a big difference to your tumble dryer’s performance. It saves you time, money, and energy. Knowing your procedure correctly helps avoid breakdowns and prevent expensive repairs and premature replacement. It will prolong the lifetime of the machine, making it perform better, and more efficiently and help your laundry stay clean and fresh. 

Here is a short checklist of the most relevant care and maintenance routines to do

  • After use, leave the tumble dryer door slightly open to allow any excess moisture to dry out
  • After each use clean the fluff filter
  • After each use empty the water container
  • After each use wipe the door seal off with a soft cloth
  • Check and clean the condenser every month
  • Every two months clean the drum
  • Every six months clean the airflow slots
  • Regularly clean the exterior of the machine


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Below you will find more in-depth information and step-by-step instructions on how to go about with the different clean and maintenance routines for your tumble dryer. To find out more about your specific model you can always download your user manual from this page.


Clean the fluff filter

Frequency: After every use

Benefit: Optimise drying time and prevent extensive energy consumption

If you want to achieve the best drying performance, clean the fluff filter after every use. The filter collects lint during the drying cycle, and a clogged filter leads to longer cycles and increased energy consumption. 

Instructions:

1. Open the door and pull the filter up

2. Push the hook to open the filter

3. Use a moist hand or towel to clean both parts of the filter

4. Close the filter

5. If necessary, remove fluff from the filter socket and gasket. You can do this using a vacuum cleaner 


Empty the water container

Frequency: After every use

Benefit: Ensure your tumble dryer works smoothly

Remember to empty the water container after each drying cycle. The program will stop automatically if the container is full. 

Instructions:

1. Pull the water container out of your tumble dryer.

2. Pull the plastic connection out and pour the water into a basin.

3. Put the plastic connection back and place the water container back in position


Tip: You can use the water from the water container as an alternative to distilled water (e.g., for steam ironing). Before you use the water, remove dirt residues with a filter.


Clean the condenser

Frequency: Check the condenser once a month and clean it when the symbol for the condenser flashes on the display or when it is dirty   

Benefit: A clean condenser helps to avoid damaging the tumble dryer and prevents an increasing the energy consumption


Every six months or when the symbol for condenser flashes on the display, check the condenser and its compartment. Remove any fluff using a wet cloth and or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment. Do not use the tumble dryer when the condenser is blocked with fluff as it can damage the machine and increase energy consumption.  

Access to the condenser may differ depending on the model of your tumble dryer. If you are unsure please check your user manual.


Instructions for a dryer with heat pump technology

Please look at the illustrations on how to clean the condenser.

Caution – do not touch the metal surface with bare hands, risk of injury. Wear protective gloves. And clean carefully to avoid damage. 

1. Pull the filter up

2. Open the condenser cover

3. Turn the lever to unlock the condenser lid

4. Lower the condenser lid

5. If necessary, remove the fluff from the condenser and its compartment. You can use a wet cloth or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment 

6. Close the condenser lid

7. Turn the lever until it clicks remove to position

8. Put the filter back


Instructions for a condenser tumble dryer

Please look at the illustrations on how to clean the condenser.

Caution – do not touch the metal surface with bare hands, risk of injury. Wear protective gloves. And clean carefully to avoid damage. 

1. Open the door, then open the condenser cover

2. Turn second levers to unlock the condenser lid

3. Lower the condenser lid

4. Catch the handle and pull the condenser out from the bottom compartment

5. If necessary, remove the fluff from the condenser and its compartment. You can use a wet cloth or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment

6. Put the condenser back inside the bottom compartment

7. Close the condenser lid

8. Lock second levers until they click, to lock the condenser lid

9. Close the condenser cover


Clean the drum

Frequency: Every two month

Benefit: Keep your tumble dryer clean for the optimal performance 

Every now and then the drum of your tumble dryer needs cleaning. Remember to disconnect the machine before you start your cleaning.

Instructions:

  1. Disconnect the machine before you start cleaning
  2. Clean the inner surface of the drum using a soft damp cloth and a mild soap
  3. Dry the cleaned surfaces with a soft cloth
  4. Leave the dryer door open
  5. Done!

Don´t use any abrasive materials or steel wool that could damage the drum


Clean the humidity sensor

Frequency: Every three months

Benefit: Keep your machine clean for the optimal performance

Your dryer has a moisture sensor that detects when the load is dry enough to end the cycle. It is placed on the inner side of the door. To clean it, use the harder side of a dishwashing sponge and a splash of vinegar or dishwashing soap.

Don’t use abrasive materials or steel wool to clean the sensor, as they can damage the sensor.


Clean the airflow slots

Frequency: Every six months

Benefit: Keep your machine properly ventilated for the optimal performance 

Fluff and lint can build up over time in the airflow slots, which can reduce efficiency and increase the energy consumption of the machine. You can use a vacuum cleaner to carefully remove fluff from the airflow slots and keep the machine properly ventilated


Clean the exterior of the machine

Frequency: Occasionally

Benefit: Keep the machine free from dust, dirt and lint

Wiping down the exterior of your machine to remove lint, dust and dirt will keep it looking its best.

Your appliance needs a gentle external treatment from time to time. 

Clean it only with mild soap and warm water to remove lint, dust and dirt.

Avoid using alcohol, perfume, solvents and chemical products to clean the tumble dryer as well as scouring pads and other scratching material. 

If your appliance is placed next to your shower, bathtub, or washbasin you’ll need to clean it more often to avoid corrosion. 

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