Whether you’ve bought a new freestanding tumble dryer or you’re thinking about buying a new one, there are several things to consider after your purchase.
Firstly you’re going to have to decide where you want to place it. Once you have the dryer you’ll need to get it to your home and into place. You’ll then need to install it.
Thankfully, installing a new tumble dryer doesn’t have to be as daunting as it first sounds. Here we’ll walk you through how to install a condenser tumble dryer, and then how to install a vented tumble dryer.
Please note: tumble dryers are heavy products and difficult to manoeuvre, therefore we recommend having some help with the installation.
How to Install a Condenser Dryer
A great benefit of condenser dryers vs vented dryers is that condenser tumble dryers can be installed anywhere. This is because, unlike vented dryers, they don’t need a hose attachment to vent moisture outside. This means that all you need to do is fit the tumble dryer close enough to a power supply for you to plug the dryer in.
You’ll also need to make sure that the space you’re installing the tumble dryer into is big enough for the dryer and leaves a small gap around the edge for ventilation.
Once the tumble dryer is in place and plugged it, switch it on to make sure everything is working as it should. If the machine isn’t working correctly, check the plug to make sure it’s inserted properly.
If the dryer isn’t working properly, or switching on at all, contact your manufacturer or retailer for assistance.
If you’re placing a tumble dryer next to other appliances, be mindful that they use warm air, therefore placing a tumble dryer next to a fridge or freezer will cause them to work harder.
How to Install a Vented Tumble Dryer
If you’re replacing an existing tumble dryer, this should be much more straightforward than if you’re installing one for the first time. If your home has an existing ventilation hole or your tumble dryer will be located next to, or underneath a window, this should be a simple procedure. Simply attach the hose and place the tumble dryer in position.
Installing a vented tumble dryer is far trickier. We recommend consulting a professional and skilled tradesman before drilling any holes into the wall. If you’re not confident in installing the vent hole yourself, look to acquire their services for peace of mind that the job will be done correctly.
If you want to go ahead and install a vented tumble dryer yourself, here’s how to do it.
What you’ll need:
- A pencil
- Drill + masonry drill bit
- Silicone caulk
- Vent and faceplate – these will usually come with the dryer
How to do it:
- Hold the end of the vent against the wall (where it will vent) and draw around it.
- Drill several one inch wide holes around the outside of the circle line, using the masonry drill bit.
- Connect the holes with a drill.
- Place the vent grille onto the wall and trace around the holes.
- Drill some mounting holes into the wall.
- Fill the holes using the silicone caulk and put wall anchors inside before it sets.
- Push the flexible vent tube through the hole and screw the plate to the wall.
- Make sure everything is tightened and then connect the other end of the hose to the dryer.
- Put the dryer into place, plug it in, and test to see if it’s working. Make sure the drum is free of dust and debris before doing this.
As mentioned previously, we do recommend hiring a professional if you aren’t 100% sure of what to do.
How to Replace a Tumble Dryer Hose
Replacing the hose of a vented tumble dryer sounds like an easy task, but did you know they come in different sizes?
There are three common sizes: 3”, 4” and 5”. To find out what size hose you need simply measure the diameter of the end of the hose. Once you’ve purchased your new hose, fix it into place and ensure the other end of the hose is correctly fitted into the vent hole, or can reach a window without an obstacle.