Question about Rowenta Commercial Garment Steamer - White
I have a Rowenta garment steamer. It will turn on but no steam comes out. Does it need to be cleaned from the build up of iron, etc. from the water? If so, how do I go about this?
Posted on Jan 10, 2011
I cleaned mine and now it works as good as new. The blockage from hard or soft water gets built up in the tubing that leads from tank reservoir to boiler unit. Opening the case is tricky and requires a sequence. 1) Take the wheels off 2) find 3 screws total that hold the black shroud parts. The shroud pieces come off with a little bit of effort. Use a screw driver to pry them off. 3) 6 more screws are holding the 2 main plastic pieces of housing. 2 of the 6 screws are inside the pedals (power and recoil pedals). You take them off by releasing the tabs from the inside. You have access to that area now that the shroud is off. 4) once the housing is opened, remove the clear silicone tube (one that connects reservoir to boiler) by releasing the clamps first. The tube should be totally gunked up. Use your imagination on what to clean it with. But then rinse and flush it: boiler in reverse, and the path from tank reservoir. It took me 20 minutes to figure out how to disassemble this steamer and only 3 minutes to put it back together.
Posted on Feb 11, 2013
I have the same problem, I think. I can't get water to flow into the boiler. I was unable to remove the wheels. I got the 'hub cap' off, but could not figure out how to spring the tabs inward to release the wheel so I could remove it. My finger wasn't strong enough to pull the tabs in and I couldn't come up with a tool to do the job. How did you remove your wheels?
Posted on Sep 28, 2013
I had luck with using the pray nozzle at my the laundry sink Remove water tank and empty. Unplug unit and untelescope the hanging rod. Remove the two screws on the hose at the base. With a little twisting the hose comes off the unit. Position the unit over the sink with with the empty hose connection facing you and the water entry area from the removed tank pointing down in the sink. With hot water, flush out the system with your sink spray nozzle through the hose connection. You should see lots of gunk coming out the other end into the sink. Repeat until the water runs clear.
Posted on Feb 26, 2015
If you turn it on and the orange power indicator lights up, but absolutely no heating is going on, there is a thermal fuse inside that is most likely blown, interrupting power to the heating element.
The wheels on my Rowenta Precision Valet unit just pull off by pulling on it sideways at an angle, as it just clips on with plastic tabs in the center.
The case is held together with philips screws with one recessed one that needs a long screwdriver for removal. The plastic buttons cover two screws that hold the leaf springs for the buttons and also hold the two halves together, which was the last things I needed to take off.
The thermal fuse is inside a silicone sleeve clamped against the body of the heating chamber, and you need a stubby philips to remove the screw for the clamp.
If you measure it with an ohmmeter and it's open, then it needs to be replaced, probably it was allowed to run dry and caused it to overheat and open up permanently. SF188E is the part required, a 192 deg C thermal fuse that is crimped on to the wires. Cost from ebay is about $6 for a 5 pack for a US seller, and less if you can wait for a China shipment.
Posted on Apr 04, 2017
Adding to the great diagnosis of the thermal fuse - SF188E, by Dusty Ryan, the fuse will fail either because it aged (not likely) or because the unit went over the temperature of the fuse (190' C) - which is caused by the thermostat (they call it a thermal cycle switch, or KSD-150LC Bimetal Thermal Fuse) - it actually triggers at 150' C and cycles the boiler off and on. If it fails closed, the unit will over heat and the thermal fuse melts (at 190) keeping the whole unit from bursting into flames. So it is best to replace the KSD (~$6 plus you might buy a tube of thermal paste, when you replace the SF) - easy to see, unscrew, replace while there doing the overheat thermal fuse.
Posted on Jun 08, 2019
My issue was not with the tubing, but inside the boiler itself. Once you have the unit apart, there are four screws holding the boiler unit in plus the wiring. I would suggest taking off the connectors one at a time and taking pictures to ensure you get the hookups correct. Once you do that, remove the two hoses and clean out the boiler with a small screwdriver and white vinegar.
One tip on getting the wheels off is to use two butter knives. There are access slots behind the plastic tabs that you can slide a butter knife into and remove the wheel cap and wheel.
Posted on Feb 17, 2018
Okay so I have a Rowenta compact valet 1500w garment steamer that was not producing any steam. I tried to follow the comments here to open it up to clean it out. So first of all I realized my model does not have detachable wheels. After breaking the wheel off I saw no tabs or removable hub cap to speak of. The axle was fixed to the body of the steamer and I broke it right off. Next, the screws that secure the body together are these weird star shaped screw head. There was no way to get those screws out no matter how long I tried to unscrew it. So I finally just turned my shower head onto a focused setting and sprayed the heck out of the water intake hole. All this black sandy junk came out. I reconnected the steamer and it is working again. So point is just try spraying the intake hole instead of wasting like 45mins of your life, like I did, trying to break open this steamer.
Posted on Feb 07, 2017
Step 3) of Elijah - 6 screws, plus 2 screws under the pedal, 8 in total
Posted on Mar 07, 2015
I need help too - did as stated above, opened steamer and cleaned the gunk out but now that I reassembled it is not working - when I click power button orange light comes on but no steam and no generator sounds... Anything I can do?
Posted on May 29, 2014
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If the iron heats but steams improperly, inspect the soleplate and clean the vents (see below) and flush sediment out of the steam chamber .
If the iron produces too much or too little heat, test the electrical cord . Also test and, if needed, adjust calibration of the thermostat .
If the iron does not spray properly, inspect and clean the nozzle.
If the iron leaks or spits, clean the steam vents, nozzle, and tank.
If the iron sticks to fabric, clean or repair the soleplate. If the iron stains fabric, clean the soleplate, clean the tank with a commercial cleaner, and use distilled or filtered water.
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