How Electric Vented and Ventless Dryers Work

You might be wondering if there is a difference between how electric vented and ventless dryer dry clothes. Both types of laundry appliances dry clothes, but the main difference is in how they dry them. Understanding how dryers work is beneficial, especially whenever you are shopping for a new dryer or considering a washer and dryer combo.

Electric vented dryers have several key components which are essential to getting clothes dry:

  1. Air Intake: There are openings in the dryer at various locations, depending on the make/model where air is drawn into the dryer and passed over the heating element.
  2. Heating Element: Electricity passes through coiled wires and heats them, much like a burner on a stove. The heat warms the air and dries the clothes.
  3. Fan: A blower fan circulates the heated air through the dryer and into the drum.
  4. Dryer Vent: Once the air leaves the drum, it has cooled slightly and is vented out a pipe to the exterior of the home.

This basic processes repeats until a dryness sensor determines the clothes are dry. The main drawback to electric vented drying is the majority of the heated air is lost as it exits the dryer through the dryer vent. As such, operating an electric venter dryer is not energy efficient, when compared to ventless dryers.

Electric ventless dryers have similar components with a few differences and no dryer vent. The two basic drying methods are air-to-air condensation drying, and cold water condensation drying. With air-to-air drying, the dryer has two separate air circulation systems: one for hot air and one for cold. Rather than the air leaving the dryer through a dyer vent, the heated air is constantly recycled until the clothes are dry.

As the air leaves the drum, it passes through a condenser, where it is cooled with room temperature air and moisture is extracted from the cooled air. The water is then pumped down the discharge drain. The air in the hot air circulation system is passed back over the heating element, and the process continues until the clothes are dry. With cold water condensation drying, cold water is used to cool the heated air and extract moisture in place of the cold air circulation system.

Since ventless dryers do not have a dryer vent, they are more energy-efficient than electric vented dryers. The air is constantly recycled and reheated, anywhere from 20 to 30 degrees, compared to vented dryers drawing in room temperature air and heating it 80 to 90 degrees. As a result, the biggest energy savings is due to ventless dryers only having to reheat the air a small amount.

Even though dry cycles tend to take a little longer, ventless dryers are still using less electricity than vented dryers. To learn more about ventless dryers, or washer and dryer combos, feel free to contact LG Washer Dryer FJS Distributers, Inc. today at 800-875-1533.

Simple Maintenance Tips for LG Washers and Dryers

Properly maintaining front-loading LG washers and dryers requires establishing a set routine and completing tasks on a regular basis. The following simple maintenance tips help ensure your washer and dryer operates correctly and lasts longer.

  1. Verify the washer and dryer is level. Sometimes the machines can become unbalanced from continued usage and vibrations. Push down on individual corners and see if the machine tips to one side or another. If so, adjust the feet and level the machine before using it.
  2. Inspect the dryer lint screen/filter. Clean the dryer lint screen/filter before each load. Lint build-up prevents proper air flow and makes it more difficult for the dryer to dry clothes.
  3. Clean dryer venting on vented dryers annually. A vented dryer blows air outside through dryer venting. Lint can accumulate inside the venting pipes and becomes a fire hazard. Have a professional clean the vents at least once a year to remove any excess lint.
  4. Wipe excess water out of the washer. After you are done doing laundry for the day, wipe up any excess water on the door and around the rubber gaskets on the front of the washer.
  5. Leave the washer door open in between loads. All front-loaders have a slight amount of water left in the drum after every load of laundry. Leaving the door open allows the water to evaporate, and decreases problems with mold and mildew.

For more tips for LG washers and dryers, or assistance in finding a new stacked washer dryer or washer dryer combo, contact us today at 800-875-1533.

Tips on How to Make Your Laundry Environmentally Friendly

For people looking to reduce their carbon footprint and be more green-conscious about doing their laundry, there are several things you can do to make a difference. The biggest one is to replace your old washer and dryer with a new, energy efficient, front loading washer dryer combo. Combination machines use a fraction of the water and electricity as conventional machines. Most households recover the costs for a washer and dryer combo within the first two or three years of operation with the amount of money they save on energy and water bills.

Other things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, include:

  • Do Less Laundry: Unless you work in an environment where your clothes get dirty, such as the construction, auto repair, or culinary industries, most clothing can be worn more than once, like jeans, slacks, hoodies, and dress shirts.
  • Use High Efficiency (HE) Products: Detergents, fabric softeners, bleach, and other laundry aids are now concentrated for HE washers and dryers. Using less of these products not only reduces your laundry costs, but is also good for the environment.
  • Use Eco-Friendly Products: When selecting HE products, try to choose ones that are eco-friendly by looking for labels which say, “Biodegradable” or “phosphate-free.”
  • Minimize Dryer Usage: Hanging clothes outside on a clothes line to dry costs nothing. If you live in a city or other area where this is not possible, consider putting hoodies, sweaters, jeans, and other clothing items on hangers and hanging them on your patio to dry.

For other eco-friendly laundry tips, or to learn more about washer dryer combos, contact LG Washer Dryer today at 800-875-1533.

Why Do All Front Loading Washers Smell Like Mold and Mildew?

All front loading washers and dryers, whether they are combination washer and dryer sets, stackable washer and dryer models, or stand-alone side-by-side appliances, eventually start to develop a mildew/mold smell. This is largely due to the fact that a small amount of water remains in the washer after the cycle is completed. There is no way to manually remove the excess water since it is not accessible. However, there are several things you can do to prevent this problem and keep your clothes smelling fresh and clean.

  1. Leave the door open after cycles. Leaving the door slightly open prevents humidity and water from being trapped inside the washer and makes it easier for the water to evaporate.
  2. Wipe down the drum and door seals after cycles. Use a dry cloth to remove any water and moisture from the door, drum, and door seals.
  3. Run the clean cycle at least once a month. Modern front loading washers have a clean cycle, or use the regular cycle on the cold setting. Use an appropriate product, or make your own cleaning solution with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda, poured directly into the drum.
  4. Do not leave clothes in the washer for an extended period of time. Wet clothes left overnight or longer in a front loading washer will smell and have to be rewashed. Even in combination washer and dryer models, you should not leave the dry clothes overnight.

For more information or assistance in selecting a cleaning product to keep your LG front loading washer or washer dryer combo smelling great, call us at 800-875-1533.

How to Choose Laundry Detergents for a Washer and Dryer Combo

Deciding which laundry detergents to use with your new washer and dryer combo is important. Most modern washer dryer combo appliances are high efficiency (HE). This means you want to look at laundry brands featuring the HE logo, as regular detergents and products are not recommended for HE washers and dryers. Once you narrow down a list of HE brands, the next step is to find and use the right detergents and products to get your clothes clean.

There are powders, liquids, tablets, and capsules all available. Powders work well in warm and hot water cycles. They are perfect for ground-in dirt and clay. Liquids are recommended for oily or greasy stains, and these work in any water temperature. In addition, liquids can be used to pre-treat clothes. Laundry tablets and capsules are well suited for regular full loads, but become more costly when used for partial loads or in cases where the clothes are heavily soiled, since you have to use two or more tablets or capsules.

Ideally, you want to stock up on several detergents and products. Stocking multiple laundry detergents and products gives you the best flexibility to choose which ones to use based on the soil level, load size, and cycle, such as pre-treating grass and dirt stains with liquid detergent, but using powder detergent for the regular wash cycle.

For more laundry tips or information on LG washer and dryer models, contact us today at 800-875-1533.

Making Sense of Stackable Washer Dryer Reviews

Whenever you are shopping for a new washer and dryer, it never hurts to look at reviews of your favorite brands. There are numerous sources of information you can explore, from magazines, online publications, and manufacturer’s website reviews, to community forums. As you are researching stackable washer dryer reviews on community web forums, there are few things to keep in mind to help you make sense of comments and feedback left by others.

  1. Is the Feedback Left about the Actual Appliance? Far too often, people are quick to post negative comments when they receive poor customer service. This in no way implies the quality of the stacked washer dryer model or how it compares to other similar models.
  2. Is the Review for the Right Stackable Washer and Dryer? There are several different types of appliances considered stacked machines. Some models are a washer dryer combo consisting of a single appliance with a top loading washer on the bottom and a front loading dryer on top. Other models are stand-alone front loading appliances that can be stacked using a stacking kit.
  3. Was the Dryer Given Poor Feedback because It Is Ventless? Ventless drying operates differently than traditional drying. Drying cycles tend to take longer than vented drying, but, energy-wise, use a fraction of electricity to fully dry your clothes. What may have been left out of the review is the increase in cycle time only averages around 30 minutes longer than vented dryers.

To learn more about LG stackable washers and dryers, and energy saving features, contact us at 800-875-1533.

A Washer Dryer Combo Is ADA Compliant

One issue for rental properties which have handicap accessible units and a central laundry area is ensuring that people with disabilities are able to easily access the laundry area. This can be a major expense for some communities, in situations where the shared laundry area is not on a ground floor. In addition, the washer and dryers in the laundry area have to be front-loading, and cannot be stacked, in order to be ADA compliant. For most communities, meeting the ADA requirements is a challenge due to the size of shared laundry areas and the placement of appliances within the space. The easiest way to avoid the expenses associated with making shared laundry areas ADA compliant is to install a washer dryer combo in all of your handicap accessible units.

A combination washer and dryer is a front loading appliance and meets reasonably accessible ADA requirements. They are easy to load, unload, and control for people with disabilities, even wheelchair-bound people. The placement of the appliance within the rental home does need to be in a location where there are no obstructions in front of the washer and dryer in one.

Installation is not difficult, even in rental homes without existing laundry connections. All that is required is access to hot and cold water lines, a drain line, and a standard 3-prong 110V outlet, since the dryer uses ventless drying technologies. The appliance could be installed under the countertop in the kitchen or bathroom, or by converting a hallway or bedroom closet.

To learn more about washer dryer combo appliances for your handicap accessible rental units, call us at 800-875-1533.