this message is for kitty who just came back from london and had stayed in one of the efficiency suites which advertised a washer/dryer as being one of the amenities. however, other americans doing so may benefit from this message.
kitty, you're gonna scream when i tell you this.
for those of you who are reading this she had a problem with an efficiency suite that said it had a washer/dryer. when she arrived she found a washer dryer unit combo(all one unit, not stacked simply just one unit). when she tried to use it, the clothes would not dry. figuring that the unit was either mal- functioning or one of those units that super spins leaving the clothes damp, she hanged all the clothes up to dry overnight.
the units are what europeans call washer/dryer combo ventless all in one units. they work on a different premise than our american washers and seperate vent dryers. because they are all one unit they are made to save space and be placed under the counter in areas that can't be vented. they are perfect for small suites, RV'S, etc. however to dry they have to have a way of cooling down the hot moist air that is extracted from the tub or clothes while drying. just applying heated air does not get rid of the moisture. in a vented system this moisture is blown out. in a ventless system, a frequent cooling cycle condenses and extracts the moisture.
the unit washes first, then during a high speed spin cycle begins heating the air. it heats then cools the extracted moisture down, then heats again. this process of course takes longer than our american dryers so doing a load of wash and drying it takes about 2 hours.
the best way to use these machines is to put a load in and walk away from it completely. DO NOT OPEN THE DOORS WHEN DRYING. it takes 5-15 minutes for the cycle to heat the air back up so if you are constantly opening the door to check on them this reheat process never occurs.
i know many americans that are using suites and studio apartments that may have this type of unit. if so i hope this helps.
kitty,,i blame the management and staff here for not explaining this to you or having some type of instructions tell people about the difference. an added problem if the faucet system this unit is hooked up to is like our modern kitchen all one faucet unit, they should have told you to make sure that the faucet was turned on cold water only immediately following the wash cycle. this makes a big difference in the drying time because the cold water is used to condense and extract the hot moist air.
if the proper instructions on this unit had been explained you would not have had to hang all those clothes up.
it just bites big time doesn't it! LOLOLOL,,,,sometimes i think they deliberately do this to really make us american's feel STUPID!
Kitty,,european washer/dryers combos
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