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Will not hold water after dropping

How do you open the iron up besides the 2 screws on bottom? My wife dropped and it will not hold water.

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You can take it to a repair place, the screws on the bottom are not designed for the everyday person to open them. a special screwdriver is used. But I do think if it is not holding water the tank has been cracked somewhere. I would be cutting the end of the cord and binning it.

I would recommend a Phillips Steam iron GC4430. It is comfortable to hold and light enough that you hand/wrist/arm doesn't get sore. Price is quite good, under 200. You can also purchase extra warranty on this item.

Posted on Sep 18, 2009

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