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Rowenta Effective Iron - Model DX1700-U1 NRB01-01

This is my 3rd Rowenta iron in 3 yrs. Suddenly, this one will not heat. I used it, unplugged it and later plugged it back in but it will not heat. I shook it around to see if auto off/on was engaged but to no avail.
Should a Rowenta iron last only one year and if so, why is the price so high? I keep thinking perhaps I got a "lemon" but after the 3rd. iron in as many years, perhaps Rowents = Lemon.
Any suggestions to see if this $50.00 is down the drain too?
Rita A. Schiefen

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  • ma_stevenson Aug 17, 2008

    My mother-in-law just gave me two of her Rowenta irons with the same problem. As soon as I can find a hollow point Torx 15 driver to get the tamper resistant screws out, I hope to open them up and take a look. Right now one lights only for a while, then when the thermostat opens (reaches temperature) it never re-closes to heat again. The other has no light...dead.

  • plcooper21 Aug 22, 2008

    My Rowenta will not get hot. Red light blinks on the handle. Have had it less than a year. Did I buy a defective product?

  • Anonymous Oct 23, 2008

    I purchased my first Rowenta Iron less than 6 months ago, I have the same problem my iron does not heat up the small light on the handle blinks off and on and the light on the base will sometimes go on.

  • ma_stevenson May 11, 2010

    Actually it takes a hollow-point Torx 20 to get the tamper proof screws out. Once inside everything comes apart easily. The problem seems to be with the motion sensing switch (a.k.a. "auto off"). Instead of using mercury, they have used a mechanical ball swith with contacts. It seems that the contacts must get dirty or worn over time by the constant movement of the ball. I can get mine to work after taking it apart and reassembling it again, but the next day it will not work. However, if I leave it upright on its back stand and DO NOT MOVE IT, then it turns on the next day just fine. It is almost as if the little motion sensing ball gets hung up on something and cannot move unless man-handled pretty roughly (such as in taking it apart). Wish I could find a new part, but do not see any on the internet. Anyone know of a source? It is a small white plastic box, potted with epoxy...part number R30105M (for the Model DE334 - SurfLine). Thanks!

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I just drop it a few times on the floor really hard a few times and then it gets hot again!!!

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