A series of tips and tricks to make the best use of the washer-dryer will reduce its consumption and increase its durability over time.
How to Use a Washer Dryer: 6 Tips
Follow the manufacturer’s directions
There is no worse thing than spending considerable sums and achieving disappointing results. The first instinct is to blame the bad performance of the washer-dryer, but in reality, the responsibility is almost always the user’s responsibility.
Before inserting laundry into the basket, it is good to carefully read the instruction manual to understand the various programs’ differences and find the best one for your needs. Inside the guide, the manufacturers also include useful advice on charging the appliance, dividing the garments according to the fabric, filling the detergent tray, and other often-overlooked details.
Consume less energy
The cycles of a washer dryer are definitely long, carrying out first washing and then drying. On average, it takes about 3 hours to complete a program, even reaching 6 hours for certain models. As a result, electricity consumption is an aspect to be taken into account. To limit the bill’s costs, you need to buy an appliance with the best energy efficiency class, namely A+++. They are models equipped with a heat pump and cost significantly more, but the expense will be cushioned by lower consumption in the long run. Another advantage is to be able to take advantage of the delayed start function to start the machine in time slots with a reduced rate, to be combined with ECO programs to minimize energy demand.
Aim for simplicity
A washer-dryer is a complex appliance, and this affects programming that can be unintuitive. Moreover, to meet the consumer’s growing needs, manufacturers propose models with an infinite number of special programmes and options.
In my view, the watchword must be simplicity to avoid unnecessary waste of money and have functions whose existence we are even unaware of and, in all probability, we will never use.
An example is smart appliances with Wi-Fi connection and apps for remote management via smartphone; undoubtedly, added values increase practicality, however only in particular circumstances. In the end, it is better to choose a less complicated and essential washer-dryer rather than having a super-advanced model but exploited to 30% of the potential.
Waste less water
It may seem like a paradox but a washer-dryer, to eliminate the residual moisture from the linen, consumes a lot of water. Updated industry studies have calculated in about 35 litres the need to dry 3.5 kg of laundry. In some cases, you even need more water during drying than washing. A factor to be carefully evaluated is that it may be more convenient to purchase a separate washing machine and dryer by providing for daily use.
Reuse condensate water
Most washer dryers use a principle of operation based on condensation by the heat exchanger. The moisture extracted from the laundry ends up in a collection tray to be emptied regularly. I suggest not throwing away the water but rather reusing it to water plants, filling the boiler with iron or other domestic uses.
Again, the instructions come to our aid and usually offer clear indications of how to behave. The operations to be carried out concern the periodic cleaning of the exterior but, above all, of basket and detergent drawer.
It is good practice to check that there are no tissue residues left inside the basket that could compromise the operation. The other fundamental routine maintenance is cleaning the filter to ensure the maintenance of performance and extend the life of the appliance. When the device is turned off, the filtering element is removed and washed under a running water jet and then relocated to the right position.