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Question DetailsAsked on 7/29/2014

have you had experience with a washer/dryer all-in-1 combo? Could fit in hall closet, get laundry out of basement

small house, I can't handle the basement stairs anymore. This unit would fit in closet, backed up to wall with bath plumbing, no need for an impossible vent.

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A fair number of efficiency apartments and long-stay executive hotel and time-share condo places use these, so they do work. However, if you can fit it in, I recommend a stackable pair rather than the all-in-one unit, which tend to be a maintenance hassle because the heating component tends to damage the washer components, and also take out the water seals fairly quick. If you get a stackable washer and dryer it will probably be cheaper, and if one fails you do not have to replace the other.

You say no need for an impossible vent - not sure what you mean by that, but a dryer vent to the outside will still be necessary.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


I had a stacked washer/dryer at my previous home, and loved it. However, those units won't fit in a standard depth closet, as they are several inches deeper than the combo units I've looked at. The combos are advertised as ventless, so I don't understand your statement that a vent is still required, except for a louvered vent in the door, not the kind that would have to snake over 20 feet in either direction to exit the attic. My house is stone, no soffits, so the vent duct would have to go to the end of the attic, which already contains all the central air equipment and ductwork to each room.

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_9218630


In a vast majority of areas, building and fire codes require that clothes dryers be vented to the outside - your building department can tell you if that is so or not for your area.

Also, just because they make something does not mean it is safe or advisable to use - look at all the unvented gas-fired heaters out there.

Direct venting to your living space puts all the moisture from the drying into your house which can lead to mildew and mold, and all the lint that usually goes out the dryer vent to the outside ends up in your house. Not a good idea, but obviously your choice.

Normally the dryer vent would exit to the closest outside wall - being concrete or brick does not make venting less doable, just means somewhat different tools and an extra 15-30 minutes or so to locate and avoid rebar and to drill out the hole for the vent.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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