How to replace the water tank in a condenser dryer?

Quick Answer

Most condenser dryer models allow you to remove the water tank, also known as the reservoir, from the bottom or top front side of the machine, though in some cases you may need to disassemble a few access panels. Use the model number of the dryer to find a suitable replacement tank.

Note: Refer to the user manual of your dryer model to locate the tank and install a suitable replacement reservoir.

Key Takeaways

  • The condenser dryer includes a tank or a sealed water reservoir at the bottom or top part of the machine to collect water from the wet clothes during the drying process.
  • Over time these tanks need cleaning and maintenance to ensure proper functioning.
  • A broken or damaged water tank in the dryer may lead to leakage from the machine and will need a replacement.
  • The water tank in a condenser dryer is usually located at the top or bottom part of the machine.
  • You will need to find a suitable water tank based on the model of your dryer as not all water tanks are of the same size and shape.
  • The water collected in the tank or reservoir drains through a drain hose, and in some models, you may have to drain it manually.

What is a reservoir or water tank in a condenser dryer?

A reservoir, or “water tank,” in a condenser dryer is a container that is used to collect and store water removed from the clothes during the drying process. It is usually located within the main body of the dryer and is mostly detachable for easy cleaning and emptying. The water tank may also be referred to as a condensation container or condensation reservoir.

So, the condenser dryer works by heating the air inside the drum where the clothes are placed and then circulating it around the clothes.

As the clothes dry, they create water vapor, which is then condensed and stored in the water tank.

Where is the water tank located in a condenser dryer?

The water tank or reservoir in a condenser dryer is typically located within the main body of the dryer, usually at the top or bottom part.

In most cases, the water reservoir is located at the bottom-front side of the condenser dryers. However, refer to the user manual or log onto the manufacturer’s website if you are unable to figure out the exact location of the water tank.

That being said, in some condenser dryers, the water tank may be located from the back of the machine.

How does the dryer’s water tank wear out?

Over time, the tank can develop cracks or holes due to aging and regular wear and tear.

Furthermore, corrosion or the buildup of lint and other debris on the tank’s interior can also cause leaks and amplify the rate at which the tank degrades.

The buildup of lint and debris in the tank also leads to musty-smelling clothes. Therefore, it’s important to clean the water tank when you perform the maintenance activity.

Note: If you are not comfortable replacing the water tank on your own, have it inspected by a professional as soon as possible. But in most cases, it’s pretty straightforward, as you don’t need to disassemble the entire machine.

How to replace the water tank in a dryer?

A dryer’s condenser tank is responsible for collecting and storing any water that is condensed during the drying cycle.

Water damage around your dryer most likely indicates a problematic water tank.

Follow the below steps to replace the water tank in a condenser dryer.

Step 1: Unplug the dryer from the supplies

Start by turning off the dryer’s power and unplugging the power cord from the outlet.

This step may not be necessary if your dryer allows you to remove the water tank by directly pulling it out.

Note: Some condenser dryer models include a drain line that needs to be separated before troubleshooting.

Step 2: Locate and remove the water tank

Locate the water tank with the help of the user manual of your dryer, or simply check the manufacturer’s website.

You may need to reach out to the manufacturer in case you are unable to locate the tank.

In most cases, the reservoir (water tank) will be a drawer-like assembly and can be pulled from the back, top, or bottom front side of your dryer (the location may vary depending on the model).

Some dryer models may require you to unscrew a few access panels or frames to remove the water reservoir, so proceed accordingly (the user manual will be helpful here).

Remove the old tank from the dryer cabinet, and be careful not to damage any of the surrounding components as you remove the old tank.

Step 3: Clean the surrounding area

This is an important step to follow as you replace the water tank in your dryer.

You can use a sponge or a damp cloth to clean it, or use a soft brush to scrub away dirt and dust accumulation.

Step 4: Place the replacement reservoir

Assuming you have brought the right replacement water tank, place it in its designated spot inside the dryer.

Note: You should always use the model number of your dryer to get the right replacement water tank. Also, be careful not to overtighten the screws (if any).

Reconnect the hoses and water lines carefully to the new water tank before reassembling the dryer.

Step 5: Reassemble the dryer

Start by reassembling the dryer parts by reversing the above steps and reconnecting the supply lines to it.

In most modern condenser dryers you don’t need to disassemble the unit as the tank is usually located at the top front side or the bottom front side of the dryer.

These tanks or reservoirs can be easily pulled out to detach them from the dryer.

Once you have fixed the new tank, simply run a test cycle to make sure that your condenser dryer is working like before.

Final Thoughts

Most water tanks and condenser tanks are detachable, making maintenance and repair an easy process.

That being said, it is important to refer to the user manual, as it will contain clear instructions for cleaning the water tank as well as instructions for detaching it from the dryer.

Once you know how to detach it, you simply need to find a suitable replacement tank and attach it to the dryer.

If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, you can always call a professional to do the job for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my condenser dryer saying the water tank is full?

If a condenser dryer displays a message or warning that the water tank is full, this could mean that the tank has reached its capacity and needs to be emptied, or that lint and debris have accumulated, causing a blockage at the valve that connects to the tank.

How do you clean a condenser dryer’s water tank?

To clean a condenser dryer water tank, first, detach the tank from the dryer and empty it out. Next, use mild detergent and warm water to clean the tank by scrubbing away any buildup. Alternatively,  you can use distilled white vinegar as a cleaning solution. Finally, rinse it thoroughly under clean running water and dry it with a clean towel or cloth.

How to empty beko condenser dryer water tank?

In most cases, the water tank or reservoir in the Beko condenser dryer is located at the top left-hand side. You simply need to pull it out and empty the tank into the sink. If you are unable to find the exact location of the water tank, refer to the user manual.

Manish Singh is an expert in electrical engineering with a Diploma in the field. With over 12 years of experience, he specializes in repairing music systems, washing machines, dryers, and other laundry-related appliances. His in-depth knowledge in electrical repairs and decent knowledge about garment care makes him a trusted authority in the field of appliance repair and laundry related topics. If you have any questions or need assistance with your appliances, you can reach out to Manish through email: manish.singh (at)