Iron press not heating up: Causes and solutions

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An iron press is easily one of the most useful home appliances as it helps to iron and straighten clothes for a crisp finish. These iron press devices are easy to use and does a decent job to iron most materials. However in some cases they may not work as well as one would want them to. The main reason for this is iron press not heating up. Heating up is the main task that such devices do and if they fail to heat up enough, then this can prove to be a problem. This article will help you know the main causes as well as solutions of iron press not heating up.

1. Wrong iron settings

CAUSE: The most common reason for iron press not heating up could be wrong settings. Sometimes due to wrong settings, the iron may not be heating enough and this needs to be corrected.

SOLUTION: You need to check the iron settings as they have an adjustable knob that controls temperature as well as governs which kind of materials you want to iron. Different clothing materials need different temperature and other settings. Make sure you set the knob carefully. If you are unable to set the knob properly, you can check the user manual and make sure the temperature or heat amount is set at the right point.

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2. Problem with the iron plug

CAUSE: Another possible reason for iron press not heating up could be a defective iron plug. Sometimes the main plug may become faulty and may stop working.

SOLUTION: To check it, put it in different points and see whether the iron heats up after being switched on. If yes, then the issue may be with the original power point and if not, then the plug could be defective.  For this you can contact an electrician and try getting the iron plug replaced.

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3. Is the water reservoir empty?

CAUSE: Another thing that you need to check in order to inspect why the iron press is not heating up is the water reservoir. In some cases, if the water reservoir is empty then the iron press may not be heating up as much as it should.

SOLUTION: For this, switch the iron off and make sure it is cool.  Switch it on again and top up the water in the reservoir.  Now try ironing again to see whether the heat is proper or not.

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4. Limescale deposits on the soleplate

CAUSE: One of the reasons for iron press not heating up could be the build-up of Limescale deposits on the soleplate.  These deposits can clog the plate and the iron wont heat or produce steam properly in such a case.

SOLUTION:   To resolve this issue, switch the iron off and let it cool down. Then inspect the soleplate and look for crusty deposits which cover the vents in it.  Wipe the soleplate using a cool and damp cloth which has been dipped in a pot of white vinegar. Check out the social media profile of Bianca Rutter if you want to watch some videos on how to do it.

Our Pick

Here are some more soleplate cleaners you can find online:-

  1. Rowenta ZD100 Non-Toxic Stainless Steel Soleplate Cleaner Kit 
  2. Dritz 575 Iron-Off Hot Iron Cleaner 
  3. Faultless Hot Iron Cleaner 

Now that you know the reasons for iron press not heating up you can solve the issue appropriately. However for any iron press related professional help, you can contact Mr Right.

Our Pick

If you are planning to buy a new Iron we have some recommendations for you:-

  1. Reliable Maven Steam Iron – 1500W with Ceramic Soleplate 
  2. Rowenta NAHANCO DG5030 
  3. Panasonic NI-WL600 Cordless, Portable 1500W 
  4. Rowenta DW7180 Everlast 1750-Watt Anti-Calc Steam Iron 
  5. Maytag Digital Smart Fill Steam Iron & Vertical Steamer 

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    I just plugged my pressing iron and it was heating immediately but in less than 30 seconds after when I switched it on, the iron just stopped working. I don’t know what to do please

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    Iron seems to be crap. Can’t use more than a minute or so then starts blinking. Brand new, no deposit build ups… Not more than a useless toy at this point

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    Hi my iron stops heating i turned my iron heat on number 3 which is max it was early in the morning so i was sleepy about that time and i sleep for about 3minutes then when i woke up i continued using my iron but i noticed it wasn’t heating at all and the red light is not lighting so am very vonfused why it stopper heating

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    My iron turns on a d heats up then stops heating. I can get it working again by doing the same. Switch on, let it heat up then again it stops.

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