Tumble Dryer Condenser Vent Kit


No space in new kitchen for tumble dryer.
How good are tumble dryer condenser vent kits, do they remove all moisture from the drying process?
The reason I am asking, is that the dryer now has to go into the garage, where I have a lot of expensive tools which I don't want any rust near.
There is no room on garage wall to vent externally.
Thanks for looking
Andy
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We tried one of these kits before I knocked a hole through the wall. We found them to be utterly useless.
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Are you talking of these packs you put in the freezer? They're a pain to use and not sure how effective they are.
My personal choice:
1 Get a condensing tumble drier. Or,
2 Vent to the outside.
The advantage of 1 in the winter is that the heat isn't entirely wasted if it's somewhere you want heating. In which case a garage is possibly not an ideal place to put it. I have tended to believe that a non condensing tumble drier is slightly more efficient and the clothes don't get so hot. BICBW.
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We got a condensing drier last November when we moved into new house because there was no where for a tumble drier to go with a vent pipe. Now some 11 months on, we are selling it having rearranged the kitchen and putting a hole through the wall because the kitchen gets far too hot when it is used even on the lower heat setting. I definitely would not recommend a condensing drier, but don't tell the prospective buyer of mine, will ya !
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I was thinking of where the tumble drier is put in a hallway like under stairs. It depends on the environment it's going into and whether the heat output can be usefully used.
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On Sun, 1 Oct 2006 12:22:16 +0100, "handy-andy"

They remove some of the moisture but not all and putting one near any tools will cause immediate problems, particularly in the winter.
It would be better to vent the air directly out, but you will still get condensation.
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Put a flap in the door and vent it through that. Its cheaper and actually works.
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"handy-andy" wrote:

I have no personal; experience of those condenser units but have only ever seen negative comments in previous posts. If you have to use one I would consider putting an extractor fan in the garage. If you get a condenser dryer they still pump out some moisture. We have to have our washing machine and condenser tumble dryer in a ground floor bathroom (kitchen too small) and have the window open in summer and an extractor fan running in winter. Not ideal, but needs must.
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Mind doesn't create condensation. It's a closed environment with a heat exchanger which dumps only heat into the room where it condenses the vapour into water which is then pumped into the collecting tank. Others may work differently.
Of course if the machine is faulty and there's a leak between the "closed" and "outside" air flows then naturally some vapour will escape into the room/garage.
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I had a Hoover condensing dryer which was complete crap. This was replaced by a Bosch, which is excellent. It produces no noticeable increase in humidity and is more energy efficient than a hose type, especially in winter, where the waste heat is useful.
If you are talking about add-on kits to an existing dryer, I would be very surprised if they did anything worthwhile at all.
Christian.
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