Monday, March 27, 2023

12 Dryer Myths: Odors, Wrinkling, Overheating


A dryer is not the most common household appliance. Therefore, there are still many misconceptions about it. Many of these “arguments” are so convincing that they scare off potential buyers. Let’s take a look at the most persistent and widespread myths – and tell you why they hardly correspond to reality.

Myth 1. Clothes stink after drying.
There is an opinion that an automatic dryer gives clothes an unpleasant musty smell. This, of course, is not so: only excessive dampness can give such a “flavor”. No moisture stagnates in the dryer. It is completely removed from the heated air, which is used to dry things.

Washers and dryers, on the other hand , can really make things smelly. The reason is simple: moisture is always present in such machines. These are the remains of water in the tank, drain pump, filter and connecting hoses. Water and other deposits in these knots can stagnate and give things that musty smell.

Some modern dryers are equipped with special dispensers. They saturate things with perfumes. The pleasant smell remains for several subsequent washes.

Myth 2. Clothes cannot be ironed after drying.
Completely baseless myth. One of the main components of the dryer is the drum in which the clothes are placed. Things are constantly mixed during the drying process. First, it speeds up the removal of moisture from them. Secondly, it prevents strong tissue wrinkling.

Clothes may wrinkle from lying in the drum for a long time after the dryer has finished running. It is worth getting things right after the end of the machine. So you will avoid strong creases on the fabric.

Myth 3. The dryer spoils the structure of the fabric, “plants” things.
Dryer programs are specially designed to work with different types of fabrics. They indicate the main parameters (temperature and speed of the air flow, the intensity of its impact on things, and so on). This makes drying various materials truly safe. With proper use of the modes, it is impossible to spoil clothes in the dryer.

Myth 4. Delicate fabrics should not be loaded into the dryer.
The statement is only partly true. Indeed, some types of fabrics (for example, tulle, cambric, nylon) cannot be tumble dried. Just like things with applications and rhinestones. However, this does not apply to other types of delicate fabrics – silk, wool, some types of knitwear. Most modern tumble dryers have specialized drying programs. Just right for those fabrics.

Carefully study the labels and tags on things. As a rule, the manufacturer indicates on them whether the fabric is compatible with machine drying.

Myth 5. The dryer takes up a lot of space.
Dryers are the same size as washing machines. Finding a place to install it in the limited space of a typical apartment is quite problematic. However, in some cases, you can save space by installing the dryer directly on top of the washing machine.

Many manufacturers make devices in the same style, supply them with mounts and latches.

It is worth remembering: the dryer can be installed anywhere. As a rule, it is not required to bring additional communications to it (water supply, drainage to the sewer). All you need is an electrical outlet. Therefore, the dryer can be installed in the pantry, in the kitchen, in the loggia or in a small dressing room. In addition, there is a good selection of compact models on the market.

Myth 6. The dryer heats up the air in the room a lot.
It’s not exactly a myth. The statement is fully true for devices with a ventilation type of drying, as well as for machines without a heat pump . In them, hot air filled with moisture from the laundry is cooled by the air in the room. Of course, over time, the room becomes noticeably warmer.


Myth 7. The dryer cannot be built into a furniture set.
This myth is a consequence of the previous one. It, again, is valid for dryers without a heat pump. In a confined space, they will quickly heat the air around, which will affect the drying efficiency. The temperature difference in the heat exchanger will be low. Therefore, things will dry for a long time and badly.

Heat pump tumble dryers can be safely integrated into furniture and niches without any restrictions.

Myth 8: The tumble dryer takes too long to dry.
Only people who are new to the operation of the dryer can say so. The drying cycle does not exceed the duration of the standard laundry cycle. In any case, it is faster than drying clothes naturally.

Tumble dryer Bosch Serie 4 WTM83201OE

Heat pump dryers are more economical. They consume about 1-1.5 kW during the working cycle. Often, devices of this type are assigned an energy efficiency class of A+++ and higher.

Myth 10. The dryer dries things out a lot.
Tumble dryers are equipped with a moisture sensor that monitors the residual moisture in clothes. Drying settings allow the user to select the level of residual moisture. There is an option to completely dry things (to immediately put them in the closet). There is an option for incomplete removal of moisture (facilitates subsequent ironing).

In direct sunlight on a hot summer day, the laundry will dry out much more accurately than in a tumble dryer.

Myth 11. Washer-dryers replace the dryer.
A washing machine with a drying mode is a compromise solution. As a rule, washing things is the main functionality of the device, and everything else is a nice bonus. In combined devices, somewhat different (not too perfect) drying mechanisms are used. A tumble dryer will do this better. Yes, and we have already written about a possible unpleasant smell (see Myth 1).

Washer-dryer LG F2T5HG2S

Myth 12. It is better to load the dryer to the eyeballs.
Using a dryer “for all the money” is not worth it. Each dryer is designed for a certain amount of laundry for a single load. Exceeding the value recommended by the manufacturer of the device is fraught with problems. At a minimum, things will not be able to dry well.

Many misconceptions about dryers appeared during the appearance of the first models. It is possible that the old samples really sinned with something similar. But that was too long ago. It is important to understand: now most of the voiced myths are completely far-fetched.


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