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My Philco washer/dryer model RWD 1042 is not drying cloths very well. When new it did a very good job drying. Now it gets the washed items hot in the dry cycle but does not effectively remove the moisture. The machine takes in cold water for the condenser but it seems as though the condenser surface must be covered with lint. I have no data as to where the condenser is and how to clean it of accumulated lint. I need advice as to how to access the condenser or clean same.

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  • altos43 Feb 13, 2010

    The "Guru" apparently does not understand anything about my machine. It does not have a duct. It uses cold water in an internal condenser to collect the moisture from the washed items that are heated in the machine. This moist air is circulated over a water cooled surface where the moisture condenses and is collected and pumped out of the machine into the drain pipe. There is no duct used by this particular model.

  • altos43 Feb 21, 2010

    Sorry I havn't got back to you sooner. I've been out of town for a few days.

    Wit respect to your solution, I think you are addressing a problem that might occur with a vented machine. This washer/dryer uses cold water circulating through an internal condenser. Moisture from from the heated cloths condense on the cool condensor surface and is pumped into the drain together with the condenser circulation water. There is no external vent as other machines have.

  • altos43 Feb 22, 2010

    All your experts seemed to think that this machine is vented. It is not! It is a condenser drying machine and does not use an outside vent hose. It uses water to cool an internal condenser and the condensate is pumped out with the water used for cooling.

  • altos43 Feb 26, 2010

    The answers given by all do not address my washer/dryer. They either reference standalone condenser dryers or vented washer/dyers. None of the responses provided a useful solution to my request.

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Hi, I see you've been having some challenges finding a solution, I think I can help. **turn off the power or unplug the "combo" from the wall** If you are capable of removing the top you'll soon notice there is not much elbow room in there to work...fortunately for this issue you won't need much. On top, directly behind the timer on the right hand side top of the tub, is a "condensor housing" ( usually made of "white metal" or "pot metal" as some refer to it ) with a blower fan motor fastened to the top. Remove the fan motor wires and then the motor itself from the housing via four hex head screws around the perimeter of the fan motor bracket. This is where "elbow room" may be tight, but with persistence and careful manuvering you can do it. You may be able to move the tub to the back and left While backing out the fastener's/screws to give you a little more room. Pull the motor assembly up & out ( careful of wires and sharp edges ) and examine the blower wheel and housing. By now it should be obvious of the problem. These unit's because they are so compact are vulnerable to lint build up in the blower wheel and housing hence, the unit will not perform well in the "dry" cycle. Hope that helps move you forward. Let me know if I can assist you further, I'll watch for your reply here. Thank's for visiting "fixya" for your repair inquiries. Good luck, Macmarkus :)

Posted on Feb 26, 2010

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    Mark MacDonald Feb 26, 2010

    Hello again,

    I just wantrd to add to my first reply. When you have the blower out I find running hot water from the sink tap ( or anywhere...I don't think it matters, ha ha ! ) over the blower wheel cleans it thoroughly. Cleaning out the condensor housing is a nother matter...by hand is the only way I do it. It can be cleaned via a garden house, but be careful not to overfill the tub or flood your place. Normally it drains when plugged in, but since your's is not plugged in ( Right ? ) that won't happen. If it is in a basement, you can lay the drain hose down to the floor drain and it will run right through though or...Hope you have small hand's. ;)

    Once again good luck.

    Regards,

    macmarkus :)

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The condenser unit is behind the vent louvers. Lean your mach. over on a bucket or against the wall, so you can SAFELY look under there and remove the rear panel to access and try to clean the coil with your vacuum cleaner, using a extension you make out of paper roll tubes or just what have you and duct tape. Now this may not be the problem, You may have a small fan that is not working. You may have to set the mach. up so you can turn it on to the dry mode in this leaned position to check. Feel free to reject and repost or leave here for others to answer.

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  • John Fourteen Six Feb 16, 2010

    Hello Altos43, Have you fixed your washer/dryer? I was wanting to know, how is working today? Did you find the condenser? Let me know.

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Hi,

First, check the exhaust pipe in the back is not being crushed. Dryer manufacturers require a metal duct from your dryer, but a lot of people who install their dryers themselves use a white vinyl hose. This is not an approved installation and can be dangerous. If you do have a white vinyl flexible hose you should have a professional install solid metal piping. If you already have solid metal piping on the exhaust it might be blocked with lint. This can be a fire hazard, so you should have a professional come in and clean the exhaust duct and the dryer itself. If the exhaust gets blocked the dryer takes longer to dry and can overheat and cause a fire. If you do all those things and the dryer still takes a long time to dry it is possible that a thermostat or the heating element has malfunctioned. In this case, you'll need a repair person to come to your house to fix it. It is not suggested to do the above mention things by you. There are professionals that can help you.
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The condensor should be on the bottom of you machine. Take a look at this link: http://www.squidoo.com/keep-your-condenser-dryer-running-efficiently

A shower head works great for cleaning the condensor but you need to screen the drain. Otherwise take it outside and clean it ' seriously hose it off " I looked for an hour for users manual with no luck.

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Hello. The problem is that there is an accumulation of lint in your dryer's vent pipe to the out doors. pull the dryer out from the wall and remove the vent pipe. look into the rear back of the dryer to see if there is lint buildup there, if there is remove it. Also check the pipe, and out doors the little trap door area.

Finally be sure to always remove the lint in the filter after each and every load. Regards, Joe

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