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Fix or Replace Tumble Dryer - Energy Efficiency

  • 20-03-2023 6:27pm
    Registered Users Posts: 123 ✭✭

    I have a Beko dtbc7001W condenser tumble dryer and the heater is broken.

    Its energy efficiency rating is B.

    I can fix it (by buying a spare heater) for €80.

    Otherwise, I can replace it with a new energy efficient A++ heat pump dryer for €369.99

    Which would be the wisest decision money-wise here?



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,301 ✭✭✭greasepalm

    I would ask has it been confirmed it is gone and not some other part.

    Tumble dryers are the number 1 items to eat power and bring up electricity bill so i got rid of mine.

    I use a 3 tier clothes horse to dry my clothes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 123 ✭✭andybookie


    It's not heating anymore, so it is the heater near certainly.

  • Registered Users Posts: 68,492 ✭✭✭✭L1011

    A heat pump dryer will likely save you a euro or so per use at current prices. They are slower. If you use it extensively it will pay for itself

    An old B dryer would probably be F on the rebased scale; if it is a B from the prior standard.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,484 ✭✭✭Bazzy

    I was in a similar boat and we took the new heat pump option and I have to say its the best decision we made. Yes it does take longer but it creates way less heat and it seems (could be all in m head) way less tougher on the clothes they always come out perfectly dry and not as if they've been roasted and then cooled.

    You could spend €80 on the part only for something else to go and if you take your own time into consideration. If you can afford it go for it

  • Registered Users Posts: 567 ✭✭✭Kencollins

    +1 for the heat pump option.

    I spent 800 euro to replace a 2 year old condenser drier that was working OK. It gets used at least twice a day (5 kids!). There are cheaper heat pump driers, starting at about 500 euro, but I went for a Samsung one with a 5 year parts and labor warranty.

    The condenser drier used 5.65KW per cycle, The heatpump drier uses 2.15KW per cycle, both values based on a "full load" from the information pages.

    At 40 cent per KW, thats a saving of €1.40 per cycle, or €2.80 a day if used twice a day. Thats a full return on investment in less than a year provided energy prices stay as they are.

    I don't have night rate electricity, nor do I want to run tumble driers and washing machines at night, the noise is annoying.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 664 ✭✭✭GalwayGaillimh

    I had the same model beko dryer and heater went I splashed out on a bosch heat pump dryer that self cleans the condensor and wow its amazing dry clothes quicker than the condensor at a third of the price..i dont get a heart attack every time i hear the dryer going anymore and I notice the difference in the electric bills

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