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Condenser drier suddenly telling me the water resevoir is full all the time

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StealthPolarBear Mon 24-Jun-13 16:04:42

It's not, obviously. Any ideas - is this a common problem I may be able to fix?

CashmereHoodlum Mon 24-Jun-13 16:09:51

Have you cleaned all the filters? And washed the condenser bit if it can be removed?

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 24-Jun-13 16:11:32

Agree, it's probably the condensing unit. Mine gets clogged up with doghair. blush

StealthPolarBear Mon 24-Jun-13 16:12:09

Urgh, I should have known cleaning filters would come up somehow grin
(just had a broken down washing machine and I am still traumatised from cleaning the filter there)

I've cleaned the fluff filter, does a dryer have a filter like a washer? I will clean out the condenser drawer, good idea. I did wonder if there was a blockage somewhere with some trapped water which was making it think it was full. But I wouldn't know where to start...

StealthPolarBear Mon 24-Jun-13 16:13:05

does that make It say the condensing unit is full though??

(I saw a tip on here maybe about using water from the condenser in something as it was "pure". mine's certainly not!)

CashmereHoodlum Mon 24-Jun-13 16:36:09

Not the condenser reservoir, the bit that does the actual condensing. Layers and layers of metal. You can pull them out on some models.

CashmereHoodlum Mon 24-Jun-13 16:37:13

Sometimes they have more than one filter. Search online for the model no and you should be able to find a manual.

Stellarpunk Mon 24-Jun-13 16:40:27

Possibly the sensor that detects how wet it is is getting wet and staying wet. You may need to call an engineer out.

PoppyWearer Mon 24-Jun-13 16:42:10

If it's a Miele dryer, the sensors are all hugely sensitive and you need to clean fecking everything to get it working properly again. A toothbrush on the door filters to remove limescale.

Or, yknow, pay £90 for a Miele engineer to tell you "it's your filters" <glares at otherwise-fabulous but temperamental dryer>

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 24-Jun-13 16:43:42

Mine says the reservoir (containing water which came from the clothes) is full when the condensor (layers and layers of metal, as above) is clogged with doghair. The doghair is wet. The reservoir is empty.

StealthPolarBear Mon 24-Jun-13 16:44:01

urgh. Thanks everyone. It's a bosch. We just replaced our old washing machine with a bosching machine because "they're so reliable"

StealthPolarBear Mon 24-Jun-13 16:44:50

where would I find these layers of metal? I assume I pull out the reservoir?

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 24-Jun-13 16:45:46

Yeah, they're reliable - as long as you keep cleaning the filters! grin


OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 24-Jun-13 16:47:12

You will find the layers of metal in the same area as the reservoir. Mine is held in place with very obvious locks. Release locks and pull the condensor unit out.

StealthPolarBear Mon 24-Jun-13 16:49:14

Will give it a go, thanks smile No dogs here but plenty of fluffy stuff and kids and DH who NEVER check their pockets for tissues

leeloo1 Mon 24-Jun-13 16:50:13

I had this (albeit with a hotpoint dryer) it would start and work for a minute then stop saying the reservoir was full. I followed online instructions (which I googled for) to prise a lumpy bit off the back with 2 tubes going into it. There was a clip with 2 metal bits on it (technical description there!) which when pulled out, wiped and put back in seemed to make it work again. If that hadn't worked then the clip would need replacing.

I think I tried a couple of other things that'd been suggested first and for a while I was leaving the back off and testing it then trying something else.

That was 6ish months ago and touch wood its still working now. I'm not a diy person, so if I can try this anyone can. smile

Stellarpunk Mon 24-Jun-13 16:51:07

Yup fluff/hair would do it if it's holding water next to the sensor.

leeloo1 Mon 24-Jun-13 16:51:21

Oh, if it is the condenser (and definitely try this first!) Then mine is on the same side as the reservoir but at the bottom, whereas the reservoir is at the top.

StealthPolarBear Mon 24-Jun-13 22:21:04

ha ha so I should have been cleaning this thing every month or after 20 uses.#Erm

StealthPolarBear Mon 24-Jun-13 22:23:15

ooh actually no, mne has big "SELF CLEANING CONDENSER" on it, and I can't figure out how to get the thing open - seems I'm not meant to.
that's annoying

StealthPolarBear Mon 24-Jun-13 22:28:06

oh bloody hell not another week like last week at the laundrette. Do you think it's sulking, missing its old washing machine friend?

ouryve Mon 24-Jun-13 22:30:40

Almost definitely the condenser. They inevitably get caked in compressed fluff and lose their effectiveness.

StealthPolarBear Mon 24-Jun-13 22:33:14

So as we've got a self-cleaning one, does that mean I have to get A Man out and pay? How annoying.
I suppose if it's going to go, the middle of summer is the best time, only reason I need this load doing desperately is because I go away n the morning

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 24-Jun-13 22:35:53

Sorry, yours is obviously posher (and more bloody awkward) than mine. What a pain. Is there any obvious fluff on the outside, you could try brushing away?

StealthPolarBear Mon 24-Jun-13 22:36:30

oh woo hoo
Job for Thursday I think

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