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Steam Iron My Steam iron keeps cycling on and off without fully heating up.

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  • sharon92167 Nov 03, 2007

    How to I clean my iron

  • JoeGecsey Dec 21, 2007

    With the setting at 4, 5, or 6 (not maximum) the iron acts as if the motion-detection is not working and goes into the auto shutoff mode even with use. The red light flashes. The only -but rather inconvenient solution - is to unplug the iron, wait a few seconds, and then plug it back in. This action apparently resets the auto shutoff, but the cycle begins a few minutes later - the red light begins flashing again and the iron starts to cool.

  • kemper Feb 17, 2008

    Red light flashes and does not heat properly,when iron is unpluged and pluged up again,it will heat up for a few minutes and then cool down.

  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2008

    I have the same problem with the auto off. I've tried the plug/unplug routine which does no good. Perhaps a new iron that is not a Rowenta? Any new suggestions on this problem?



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The cycling on and off of the steam iron is not abnormal. The themostat in the iron on and off the power supply to the heating element, keeping the temperature of the sole plate constant at the desired temperature. Without this on and off mechanism of the themostat, the sole plate will contiune to heat non-stop till extreme temperature.

My question to the op is how do you know if the iron is not fully heated? I suspect that you misinterpret the cycling of the iron as a defect and assumed that the iron will not fully heat up.

But in fact if the temperature of iron did not raise to expected, then it is a different issue.

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This iron appears to have a problem related to the auto-off function.

Regardless of manufacturer's advice, no amount of moving or shaking will reset the function.

Sorry, Oscar, but the thermostat setting has no effect.

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Try setting the thermostat to a little less than maximum

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