Is your iron overheating? Are you looking for ways to get it to take a chill pill? Then you’ll find 4 right here in this article.

If your iron is overheating, do the following:

  1. Double-check the settings
  2. Change the adjustable thermostat
  3. Replace the temperature dial
  4. Replace the steam control thermostat

Are you ready to see how these steps can help you with your iron? Then take a look at them in more detail coming up next.

4 Ways to Get Your Iron to Stop Overheating

So your iron is overheating, burning holes, and sticking to just about everything. It has destroyed one shirt too many and now you’re scared to even go near it. What can you do to get your iron to, well…chill out a little bit?

Next up in this section, you’ll see 4 methods you can use to stop your iron from overheating. It will help you to rescue the clothes you have left before you’re forced to invest in a whole new wardrobe.

Method #1 Double-Check the Settings

First and foremost, when fixing an overheating iron you should double-check its settings. It is all too easy to overturn the temperature dial and you end up ironing a delicate fabric on high instead of low. It doesn’t take long for the fabric to stick to the soleplate and leave you without a shirt.

So, what can you do to avoid this problem? Here are a couple of tips:

  • Before you begin ironing, double-check your heat settings. This will help you to avoid ironing something on a setting that would burn the material.
  • Follow the instructions on the ironing and laundry symbols on your clothes. These tags will help you see the best temperature for ironing delicate items.
  • If you are unsure of the temperature of the soleplate, you should test it before you begin. You can do this by running the iron on the board and then testing it on a small corner of your clothes. You should do this to check that it will not stick and burn.
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Check the ironing tag before you begin

Method #2 Change the Adjustable Thermostat

Now, what if your iron overheats because of a technical issue? This could be the fault of the adjustable thermostat. But, what does the adjustable thermostat do? Here are its two main functions:

  • This mechanism allows you to set the right temperature for you to begin ironing
  • It helps the iron to produce steam

If your adjustable thermostat is faulty, it will have the tendency to overheat the soleplate and as a result, burn your clothes. The only solution to this problem is to change the thermostat.

Although changing a thermostat is simple, finding the part is often not as easy as you would like it to be. And, if you do manage to get your hands on the right adjustable thermostat for your iron, you may find it is a little pricey. Buying a new iron often works out as the most economic and hassle-free option.

new irons in a store
Buying a new iron often works out more economic

Method #3 Replace the Temperature Dial

Your iron could also begin to overheat because of a fault with the temperature dial. You can see if this is the case by turning the dial from a very low setting to a very high setting. If the soleplate doesn’t change temperature or the dial feels loose, there is a chance it is faulty.

A dial that will not adjust the temperature mechanism will burn your clothes. So, when this happens, the only way to fix it is with a replacement dial.

Fortunately, replacement dials are not too expensive. But they are also not very accessible. If you are lucky enough to find a dial to match the make and model of your iron, all it will take is a simple swap to solve the problem.

Method #4 Replace the Steam Control Thermostat

Last of all, your overheating iron problems could be due to a steam control thermostat fault. But what does the steam control thermostat do? This is the element that generates steam that makes it easier for you to get the wrinkles out of your clothes.

If your iron’s steam control thermostat is not working well, it will likely generate too much steam. Too much steam will make the iron overheat and as a consequence, burn your clothes. It will also overwet your clothes and could make them more susceptible to dampness.

So what do you need to do to fix this problem? The key is to replace the steam control thermostat. But, replacing the steam control thermostat is a tricky job. It’s not only fiddly but it’s also extremely hard to get a hold of the parts. It is usually cheaper and a lot less stressful to replace the whole iron.

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Your iron will overheat if the steam control thermostat is faulty

Fabric Ironing Guide

So you’re fed up with the burn patches and shiny scorch marks on your clothes. It is time to see what temperature you should iron at to avoid doing your clothes any further damage. Or even if you haven’t burned a hole in any of your clothes, it’s always good to know more about fabrics and their ideal ironing temperatures.

Here’s everything you need to know about different materials. You’ll find a list of the temperatures they should be ironed at.

FabricIroning TemperatureIroning Instructions
Acetate, acrylic, nylonLow, below 110 degrees Celsius (230 degrees Fahrenheit)Iron these materials on a low setting. You should consider ironing them inside out or with a cloth between the fabric and the soleplate. Do not use steam.
NylonLow, below 110 degrees Celsius (230 degrees Fahrenheit)  Iron this material on a low setting. You should consider ironing it inside out or with a cloth between the fabric and the soleplate. Use a spray bottle or steam if necessary.
Silk, satin, woolMedium, between 110 and 150 degrees Celsius (between 230 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit)Iron these materials on a medium setting. You should consider ironing them inside out or with a cloth between the fabric and the soleplate. Do not use steam.
PolyesterMedium, between 110 and 150 degrees Celsius (between 230 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit)  Iron these materials on a medium setting. You should use steam or a spray bottle to dampen the material slightly.
LinenHigh, between 150 and 200 degrees Celsius (between 200 and 390 degrees Fahrenheit)Iron these materials on a high setting. You should consider ironing them inside out or with a cloth between the fabric and the soleplate. Use steam or a spray bottle to dampen the material slightly.
Cotton, denimHigh, between 150 and 200 degrees Celsius (between 200 and 390 degrees Fahrenheit)Iron these materials on a high setting. You should use steam or a spray bottle to dampen the material slightly.  
Sequins, velvetDo not iron, use steamDo not allow the soleplate of the iron to touch these materials. Use steam from the iron or a steamer to take out the wrinkles

Conclusion

Is your iron overheating, sticking, and burning your clothes? Then, for the sake of your wardrobe this fault must be fixed asap. I’m sure the 4 methods listed in this article have helped you to pinpoint the problem. They have no doubt also guided you to fix it, or if necessary, helped you recognize when it’s best to buy a new iron.

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Have a great day!

-Craig