I Need a New Dryer for My Washing!

My Dryer has carked it and I really need a new one. Luckily enough there are a few sales on at the moment. My dryer is currently a vented bog standard Simpson that has done well, and I was looking at the same again. Looking at posts and forums here though, a lot of people seem to prefer the heat pump ones. Is there a reason for this? they are around double the price of a vented dryer.

We live in a house, and our laundry has its own window.

I'd also really appreciate if anyone has seen any bargains! Current Hardly Normal and Joyce both have sales and advertise dryers for under and just over $300

https://www.joycemayne.com.au/simpson-4kg-ezi-loader-dryer.h...

https://www.harveynorman.com.au/simpson-4-5kg-vented-dryer.h...

any help is appreciated.

EDIT: I just noticed only vented dryers can be wall mounted. I have no option at this time but to use a wall mounted dryer… so I guess that limits my options.

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    My Samsung use more then 20 years and still going, less then A$200 before, House don't need that much worry about, all clothes out under carport for whole day when raining day, when they half dry, then bring in to dry them more.

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    I think I remember reading that Heat Pump > Condenser > Vented when it comes to dryers. Heat Pump dryers end up saving you on electricity after the initial outlay. Can't remember the difference between Condenser and Vented.

    I've been looking to get a dryer for a while now, so also happy to see suggestions!

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    What is wrong with your dryer? My dryer stopping spinning and I took it apart and figured out that it needed a new capacitor, mainly because the existing capacitor had a giant hole through it. It cost $6 off the internet for a replacement capacitor as the capacitor was a common part for a lot of appliances that spins.

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      Dunno, it wont spin and there was a burning smell and it tripped the house fuse. We haven't the time to try and work out what is wrong with it or to repair ourselves and I am reluctant to get it repaired as the cost to get a repair dude in will be almost what I can get a new dryer for.

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        Oh ok, so did it hum but won't spin? Sounds like the capacitor is burnt like mine. You can verify this by opening the back panel up and check the capacitor. It will be the white cylinder roughly the size of a C-sized alkaline battery. If it is the capacitor, it will look burnt.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJzu0IH1Ypw

        Edit: the capacitor that burnt on my dryer looked like a black matchbox and required soldering. But your Simpson dryer should be a white cylinder and probably only needed to be swapped out like the video but I could be wrong.

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    The old style Simpson ones are pretty reliable, because they are very basic.
    If you only use it once a month that style is fine.
    The problem with the cheap ones is they use a lot of energy, the modern and expensive ones can save money in the long term as they are much more energy efficient, really depends on your use.

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    Where do you live that needs a dryer in Australia? Honest question.

    Always found a retractable line (has 4 lines) in the laundry itself, with a fan blowing if needed on rainy days always does the job (and this was NZ and it was -5C).

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      We live in the Hunter valley, high humidity. But main issues is i have kids that play sport every day and we often need quick turn around of school uniforms, sport uniforms and my hubby's mine uniforms. If I wash at night things are not dry the next day. I do try to use it infrequently but I also work so just get behind sometimes.

      I have tried a retractable line under cover and the clothes do not dry fast enough to not get that weird musty smell. So have given up on it. My laundry is a cupboard laundry and is not big enough for any sort of line.

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    Benefits of Heat Pump dryers:

    "Gentle" on clothes
    Don't require ventilation
    Superior with lint removal
    Safer (lint fires)
    Cheaper running cost
    Generally quieter

    Cons
    Takes a lot longer to dry clothes
    Require drainage
    Cost

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    We have a two storey converted warehouse and we use clothes airers to dry our clothes. They are at the second storey level, where the heat rises, and, even in winter, it takes about 2 days for even the thickest clothes to dry. The only exception is doonas, underlays etc which we wash in summer when we have a few 40 degree days and leave them on an airer on the balcony. We use the internal balcony rails for sheets, towels etc.Our current clothes dryer means we don't have a hole next to our washer, it is almost brand new because we hardly use it.

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      U are awesome in your ecologicalness… I don't have this sort of patience… but all power to you

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        Not a lot of patience. If we used the dryer, downstairs, we would still need to cart the clothes upstairs. Also the standard clothes don’t come out all wrinkled so no ironing needed. Hang business shirts on plastic covered hangers and they dry with minimal wrinkling. Besides the Airer doubles as a cat climbing gym.

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    I have the 4KG Simpson one (It's just over 10 years old and hasn't had any problems, they're pretty basic machines). It costs about $1 per cycle in electricity. For that I didn't bother with a more expensive one as it will take forever to pay back the cost difference if running it less than weekly. The one thing to note is that you want to ventilate the area it is running in pretty well (or duct it outside) as it will pump the moisture right into the air which may give you mould problems if you run it with the place shut up.

    It's as quick as they make dryers as the heat pump and condenser dryers take longer generally, the condenser dryers will not pump the moisture (and heat) into the air though, so they're more suitable to run in a confined space. I only dry sheets in it mostly (as I'm too lazy to hang those out.) Everything else dries in a day, even indoors, even in very humid parts of the country. If it's cold too maybe a few minutes in the dryer to finish things off.

    If you're running it semi-daily then it's worth looking into a more expensive dryer. Weekly you'll eventually get a payback, once a fortnight or less I'd not bother unless you're in S.A. or somewhere else with really expensive electricity.

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    Condensers are very heavy, so you won't be able to put them on the wall.

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    IF OP lives in a house then ditch the dryer altogether and hang the washing out on the line.
    Dryers should be an emergency last choice scenario on weeks when it has rained all week.

    Your clothes will look and feel more fresh and the suns natural anti-biotic rays kill most germs in your washed items.

    And of course dryers are the most anti-green items you can buy and use!!!

    Hence in this case I suggest OP just buys the cheapest dryer with capacity to suit since it should only have very occassional use.

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      Yes I agree… I have a 6ft Hills hoist as stated above.. which I Use in preference.. but needs must as the devil drive.. so hence the dryer

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    Has OP opened the back of the dryer and cleared out all the fluff and rubbish caught inside?
    And if its not spinning just replace the belt (if its broken)

    These things may be the cause of its demise and a very cheap fix indeed

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      It is clean and lint free… I do suspect it is repairable.. but again cant be stuffed to try and do that or pay someone to do that..

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