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I have a Siemens WXD1260 washer dryer which I have had 7 years fault free service from, but which has now developed a problem. The washing mode still works perfectly fine, but when I use the dryer it now produces scalding hot steam from the soap drawer. I regularly use the dryer function for towels and sheets, but now my kitchen becomes a Turkish bath. I realise it is an old machine now and don't want to spend a lot of money on a repair when it might be better to buy a new one. Has anyone had this problem, know how to fix it or can offer any opinion?

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On the dryer side of a washer dryer the hot steam created by the drying process should mix with a steady trickle of cold water inside a condenser chamber, which is just a large plastic container. The steam then hits the cold water and is condensed back onto water. This water then runs down to the bottom of the condenser chamber and is pumped out with the washing machine's normal water pump.

If the cold water is not present, the steam cannot condense into water.

Check out this article to see if either helps - Clothes Coming Out Of Washer Dryer Hot And Steamy, Still Wet

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