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On my Black & Decker X800 Status Pro 220V, 50 Hz steam Iron (UK make), the temperature control slide switch is jammed in the 'Max' position and I am not able to use it for lighter garments. I tried to open the Iron to repair the same, managed to remove the two screws on the rear side, but could not locate the third screw on the front. I suspect this is a simple mechanical problem. Can anyone help me to open the Iron and repair it?

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I wish I could tell you where the screw is, but I can tell you this- it's going to be tricky, as you know.
Black & Decker makes these units as unserviceable as they can, probably because they don't want any lawsuits from people tampering with 220 live, nasty volts. Sometimes they use special tools, and manufacturing processes that makes it virtually impossible to disassemble a unit without damage- clearly indicating attempted repairs, and destroying the iron in the process, making it unusable.
The short and simple of it is that they're made as throwaways, and even if you can get to the potentiometer, you're going to find a broken support or switch piece most likely, and won't be able to get a replacement part (you can try to google parts for irons, but will only get the whole iron).
Wish I had better news, but I've been through this years ago, and ended up breaking the iron in the process of getting it open, and I doubt it's gotten any easier over the years.
My advice is to see if you can, hopefully, get it open as far as you can, and see if you can somehow free the jammed arm. Otherwise, buy a good used or new one.
Wish I had better news, but good luck.

Posted on Nov 07, 2010

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    shahid malik Feb 20, 2012

    the front screw is close to the mist nozzle under the plastic top cover. I could not remove the entire plastic top cover, however, somehow managed to open it by force without breaking it and found the screw and opened the screw with oblique approach somewhat weird way of unscrewing. Anyway I found out that the gear and slide was intact, however, the metal mechanism underneath the gear need oiling, I gave a little oil and it is now working perfect. Try it!

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