Multifamily Washer/Dryer Retrofitting

In-unit laundry is one of the top features that renters and condo buyers look for. In properties that have central laundry facilities, the task of retrofitting individual units can seem daunting, but the benefits pay off in spades—with higher rent rates, longer tenant retention, shorter sales cycles on condos, and fewer vacancies. A multifamily washer & dryer retrofit / conversion is one of the best investments you can make.

The three most significant costs in adding laundry to an older building are installing the plumbing connections, venting the dryers, and supplying make-up air to balance the air supply in halls and shafts. Combine this work with a repipe and the cost of the additional plumbing fixtures is nominal.


Conventional Vented Washer/Dryer Retrofit
SageWater offers a complete turnkey solution for conventional vented washer and dryer retrofits, from feasibility studies and permits to equipment procurement and installation.


Ventless Washer/Dryer Retrofit
SageWater also offers energy-efficient ventless washer and dryer retrofits. In ventless (condensing) dryers, moist air is passed through a condenser, where the temperature differential condenses the moisture back into water, which is then pumped down the drain.

Ventless dryers recapture 60% to 85% of the heat energy they use, and the matching front-loading washers use less than half of the water (11 vs. 32 gal.) overall and less than one-third of the hot water (3 vs. 13 gal.) of top-loading machines.

Ventless (condensing) dryers have made the addition of in-unit laundry easy and affordable. Most installations pay for themselves in fewer than three years, and many do in fewer than two.

Condensing dryers:

  • Eliminate vents, fire dampers, and caps
  • Require no penetrations in walls, floors, or roofs
  • Eliminate fire-rated chases
  • Face no code restrictions on vent length
  • Reduce electrical riser load
  • Minimize intake air requirements
  • Reduce heat load
  • Solve air-balance issues

Which System to Choose

washer dryer retrofitThe most important (and often overlooked) difference between vented and ventless dryers is air balance. Conventional dryers exhaust 10,000 cubic feet of air in each dry cycle (200 cfm x 50 minutes), which must be replaced with outside air. This incoming “make-up” air must be conditioned to approximately 70°.

Because condensing dryers are closed systems, no air is exhausted and no make-up air is required—which means no money is spent on heating and cooling make-up air. They also allow for increased rent rates, higher tenant retention, and higher occupancy.

Combination Washer/Dryers
These ventless energy-efficient appliances wash and dry clothing in a single operation. The size of a dishwasher, they fit in most closets and under kitchen and bathroom counters.

  • Operate on 120V with 10A peak draw
  • Recapture 85% of heat energy
  • Offer European styling in a convenient all-in-one unit

Stackable Washers with Separate Dryers
These 24″ appliances look and operate like conventional washers and dryers. They have the same market appeal and are better suited for family communities.

  • Dryers have 4.3 cu. ft. capacity
  • Dryers require a 220V/15A circuit
  • Washers use a 110V/15A circuit
  • Same dry time and quality as vented dryers
  • Recaptures 60% of heat energy

High-Efficiency Washers

  • Use one-third the water (11 vs. 32 gal.)
  • Use one-third the hot water (3 vs. 13 gal.)
  • Use one-sixth the detergent (2 tbsp.)
  • Spin at 1,400 rpm to remove more water
  • Clean better with less wear on clothes