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Iron not heating up...

My iron is not heating up at all, the red light is coming on but no heat or steam, solutions anyone???

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  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2008

    This is only my second time using this iron and now it just flashes a red light. I can't find anything about that in the manual. Any ideas?

  • fairweatherk Dec 08, 2008

    I have had the iron a little over a year and it just stopped heating up. The light comes on but it just does not heat up. I called oreck and they told me to try cleaning it with 1 part water, 1 part vinegar. But I don't know how this will help if the iron is not getting hot to pass the solution through the vents. I am very disappointed to find out that there seems to be a problem with this iron and oreck is not doing anything about it. We spent good money for it and they should compensate us somehow.

  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2009

    my iron lights are on but is not heating up. Called oreck they said give it a good shake as the auto shut off feature eventually gets stuck in shut off mode. I tried but that didn't work of course..guess I need to buy a new iron

  • Kat27 Mar 01, 2009

    I was in the middle of ironing a shirt when suddenly the iron was getting cooler. I tried to unplug and replug in a different outlet (despite the fact the the light was still turning on) as well as changing the settings to see if maybe it was just because I overdid it on the highest heat setting...but nothing. I can have my hand directly on the plates and there is nothing! I just gave away two other cheap (but working) irons because I was sure with my Oreck, I wouldn't need them. This is ridiculous.

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I had the same problem. There is a thermal cut-off switch mounted to the top-side of the base-plate. Unfortunately, you have to completely disassemble the iron to get to it. It is an easy replace, just make sure you take good notes on how it's all wired and put together. To disassemble the iron, I did this:

- Mount it in the cord base and move the switch to the "wireless" setting to remove the cord assembly from the iron.
- There are 2 small while nubs on the bottom of the blue plate in back. These are plugs. Pull them out to expose 2 screws.
- Remove these two screws plus the one in the center of the back blue plate.
- Pull the blue plate from the back of the iron and MARK all wires so you know where they go, then remove them.
- You will see 2 screws into the blue plastic base-plate at the back. Remove these.
- Open the door at the front of the iron where you pour the water in.
- Pry the spray nozzle at the bottom out (pry it forward). This will expose a third screw into the blue part of the base-pate. Remove this screw.
- Pull the white plastic and blue reservior away from the blue plastic base-plate. This will expose three screws into the metal bottom plate. Remove these three screws (on in front, 2 in back).
- Pull the blue plate away from the bottom metal plate. This will expose the thermal cut-off. There is a screw with a small metal clip holding it down. This is the part you will need to replace.

I bought my replacement part from a local electronics store. On mine, it was a 240 degree C cut-off. The part I used was from NTE. Part number is NTE8242. It cost me $1.40.

I suspect the reason this blew on my iron is because Oreck engineers didn't expect it to be plugged in all the time (my wife did not like the 'wireless' mode as it did not stay hot long enough so she uses it in 'corded' mode). If you use the iron on it's hottest setting in this mode, it appears that perhaps the plate gets hotter than 204C. That, or Oreck just got a lot of bad thermal cut-off parts and they are cutting off at a temperature lower than 240C.

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Thanks Fix..that helped for cleaning the seals in mine.

From working on mine and working with computers with water cooling, I would think the highest setting would be for steaming only and would keep the unit from shutting off. If you are using it without water or without constant movement on cool cloth i could see it overheat and shut off.

And mine came with a 1 year warranty, but Ive had it for over 3 and its this has been my first real complaint.

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Unless you have a 5 or 6 hundred dollar iron, or unless it is brand new, and still under warranty, there is an excellent rule of thumb when an iron quits working: Buy a new one! These days, irons can be purchased cheaply enough that it is WELL worth the money. Not just for the convenience, but for the safety issues. This is an appliance that could burn your house down even if it's in PROPER working order. Hope this helps!!

Chad

Posted on Oct 08, 2008

Are you serious? These irons cost over a hundered bucks. They should not have these types of problems...at least not for a few years-if at all.

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It appears that your rocker switch is broken, I am attempting to find a source for the switch and the screw driver that removes the screws holding the unit together

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