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Water tank Laying inside the fill tank, across the bottom, is a grey tube. Apears to be made of rubber or some pliable material. It has a split in it. Will this effect the operation and what is this tube s function. While cleaning the iron and rinsing out thw presssure tank a small brown item dropped out. It appears to be made of plastic and looks like a filter screen. It's about a 1/4 inch in diameter and 1 1/2 inch long I don't see where it goes and can it be left out? Thanks, John

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Depending on the age of the reservoir, the earlier version had two pickup tubes that were "Y" together to allow water pickup along the extreme ends of the reservoir. Later versions had a single "L" tube arrangement that was shorter, but did the same thing. As long as the split is submerged, the pump should still be able to draw water when the level is quite low, but once air gets in, the pump will "cavitate" sucking only air and lose prime (like a siphon hose that picks up air). As for the brown filter screen, you will probably have to ask a Rowenta service center, and hopefully get some friendly advice...!

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