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Rowenta dis assembly pix

Read your post and would like to see the pictures.
I can get the part I need, auto shut off for my DE 635, but there is a screw holding the front of the sole plate which I domn't want to break...as you seem to have done. They probably use similar construction on all their models.
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  • melampus2 Jan 06, 2009

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I fiddled some more on my own and was able to find the access for the front...it was a screw hidden by the spray nozzle assembly, which I was able to remove by popping it out, it was a friction fit with plastic nubs. Nothing broke, and I am now able to replace the shut off/ wire assembly. I found it on line and was just about to order it. The first time you take something apart you learn alot.

  • melampus2 Jan 07, 2009

    Now that I have completely dis assembled and put it back together, if I had to repeat, it would take about 5 minutes.

    There was an additional problem with my unit, with the (I'll call it) thermostat stack , which is connected to the sole plate. There is a metal finger which should make contact with a rounded post top,also metal, in order for juice to go to the heating element. It took about half an hour to figure it out..... dont know why there was a gap between the parts....maybe there was a spot weld that broke, but I don't think so. It occurs to me that it might be as an additional safety feature/interlock or thermal overheat shut off that failed. Anyway I bridged the gap so contact was made, and now the unit heats up, and the ON light goes on as it is supposed to. My unit was a DE 635, also labeled P2 on the plastic cover.



    The key to opening up this unit is the screw hidden under the spray nozzle assembly, which pops out if you are careful. The screw has a black plastic rectangle under it. This, plus the two obvous one on the bottom rear, allows the entire handle with all the auto off stuff to lift up off the iron. The water reservoir, etc lifts off, then you can remove three more screws to get to the sole plate and the thermostat if you need to. Those parts don't seem to be available. I won't get into the wiring other than to say there should be continuity between the right most( as seen from the rear) wire to the heating element and the other two for it to work.

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I had a similar problem, my wife dropped the iron and it started leaking from somewhere inside even when the iron was not in use. I used this article to help me figure out how to take the iron apart and then found that there was a rubber seal that runs around the water chamber. I took a jewelers size screwdriver and used this to reshape the rubber seal that goes around the base of the water chamber... It stopped the drip and the iron works great now... thanks.

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I have submittted the photos to one of the expert gurus on fixya and I cannot remember his name. If I remember correctly it is not a screw but a plastic pin (3) that sticks up fom the plate and is secured by a circular disc with fingers in the center that push up when they slide it on and one must open these fingers up, unuslly one will do so it will release. If you try to force it off it will/may snap off the pin. If some one can help you, you might want to get two of those $1.00 screwdriver kits and have one person, or a vise, hold the iron and the two of you slide the small flat screwdrives under the fingers and pry up together, if you can get to it. Remember the one I had was glued together with minimal screws throughout.I have never seen an appliance so difficult to access for the simplest repair. Good luck and God Bless.

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    Bill Black Jan 06, 2009

    Happy or you. I am seeing a lot of problems with this $100.00 dollar iron frm request on fixYa and that bothers me as it is a great iron if ya don't drop it, bump it, etc. It is shameful that Rowenta will not release a repair manual for their irons for all the intillegent entrepenuers in the USA.

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