Washer/Dryer plumbing

Do modern washer/dryers require special plumbing or do they just replace an ordinary washing machine?
Is Condensation a problem in a normally ventillated room?
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We have had a washer dryer for about 12 months now. Normal plumbing on mine, the evaporated moisture just goes down the washing m/c drainpipe. No problem with condensation in our house and it has been used a lot recently (two kiddies under 4 etc. etc.)
Hope that helps
John
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John wrote:

via the pump/drainpipe. Very handy, but if you dry fluffy stuff (or even things you dont' think are fluffy) check the filter fairly frequently. I find mine fills with fluff more often if I've dried stuff rather than just washed stuff.
Velvet
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We had a top of the range Hoover washer dryer.
Factor in it takes 2-3 times as long to dry the same amount of washing - and that you can`t dry as much as you can wash in one cycle, you can`t wash and dry at the same time, and the more complicated a machine gets, the more likely it is to break down.
The lid didn`t get screwed back down on mine after the first 12 months because there was an overheat cutout which took the heating element for the dryer offline on almost every load. It had persistant "other" faults, but luckily my dad`s a appliance repair guy :-)
We definitely don`t want to go back to "all in one" washer dryers again !
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We had our first Washer dryer for 20 years and were so pleased with the fact it never broke down once, that when the heating elements eventually corroded through and started blowing the trip, we decided we had had enough life from it and not to start repairing it - so we bought another of the same make and that has so far worked without fault for 3.5 years, on average doing about 5 or 6 washes a week. The dryer only gets used when necessary (not very often) but is very useful when it is needed.
They have been Bosch, "near top of the range" machines at around 600.
A friend has a 5 bedded B& B in France and this does about 7 loads a day for about 150 days a year and at least one load a day outside of this - this has been going for 3 years so far without fault. This is a straight washing machine only - and its a Bosch Logixx (or something like that)
Nick (no connection with Bosch or the trade)
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