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1. (WO2019029799) TUMBLE DRYER
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CLAIMS

1 . Tumble dryer (1 ) comprising a housing (2), a rotatable drum (1 1 ) in the housing being accessible from a front side of the housing, a fan arrangement (13) for producing a flow of process air passing through the drum, and a heat pump for drying the process air before entering the drum, the heat pump comprising a condenser (19), a compressor (17), and an evaporator (15), characterized by the compressor (17) being located in the flow (21 ) of process air, between the evaporator (15) and the condenser (19).

2. Tumble dryer according to claim 1 , wherein the condenser (19) is located behind the drum (1 1 ) as seen from the housing front side (3), and above the compressor (17).

3. Tumble dryer according to claim 2, wherein the condenser (19) is carried by a support arrangement (25, 27) which takes up the load of the condenser on either or both sides of the compressor (17) as seen from the housing front side (3).

4. Tumble dryer according to claim 3, wherein the support arrangement forms a common frame comprising a top frame (25) carried by a plurality of legs (27), and wherein the compressor (17) is located in between the legs.

5. Tumble dryer according to claim 4, wherein the condenser (19) is supported by a top frame (25) of the common frame, the top frame supporting the condenser (19) at the edges of the condenser bottom surface (24), such that process air may pass through said bottom surface at inner parts thereof.

6. Tumble dryer according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the evaporator (15) is located in front of the compressor (17) as seen from the housing front side (3).

7. Tumble dryer according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the evaporator (15), the compressor (17) and the condenser (19) are arranged as components making up a heat pump unit (43), which may be removed from the tumble dryer without separating the components from each other.

8. Tumble dryer according to claim 7, wherein the components of the heat pump unit (15, 17, 19) are enclosed in an insulating shell (23).

9. Tumble dryer according to claim 8, wherein the shell comprises an air inlet (38) and an air outlet (40).

10. Tumble dryer according to any of claims 8 or 9, wherein the shell comprises a drain tube (39) for leading water out of the shell.

1 1 . Tumble dryer according to any of claims 8-10, wherein the shell (23) comprises expanded polypropylene, EPP.

12. Tumble dryer according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the heat pump unit comprises a complete closed refrigerant loop.

13. Tumble dryer according to claim 12, wherein the closed refrigerant loop includes the condenser (19), the compressor (17), the evaporator (15), and an expansion valve (16).