Troubleshooting a Russell Hobbs Thermocolour Steam Generator

Written by john albers
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The Russel Hobbs Thermocolour Steam Generator, though affordable, is not known for being very well constructed. The device generates steam in an external tank that connects to the base of the steam iron via a hose. It produces a good quantity of steam, but the pressurised vessel that regulates the steam's release is located within the iron, not the external tank. This vessel becomes brittle and cracks very easily, allowing steam to escape unnoticed. Because the crack allows the pressurised steam to bleed out, none passes through the iron's steel plate base. If the steam generator produces no steam, the internal vessel is broken and cannot be repaired. It's best to get a new steam generator.

Burning Odor Coming from Steam Generator

If an acrid burning odour is coming from the steam generator, its likely source is the steel plate base. Hard water deposits and limescale build up easily within the underside of the steel plate base or the holes in its surface through which the steam passes. The burning smell is caused by the heated plate warming these deposits. If allowed to continue on, these deposits will clog the plate entirely, preventing it from letting steam pass. The plate should be removed from the iron and scoured. A chemical lime remover is allowable, provided the chemicals are thoroughly washed out before the iron is used again.

Circuit Breaker Is Thrown Whenever the Steam Generator Is Plugged In

The Russel Hobbs Thermocolour Steam Generator is a very high wattage device. If other appliances are plugged into the same outlet, or if the generator is plugged into a multi-outlet extender, the excessive draw of electricity the generator creates could overload the circuit. This would cause the circuit breaker to be thrown. Try unplugging everything but the steam generator and see if it works this time. If the circuit breaker is still being thrown, then a short circuit is occurring somewhere in the steam generator. This is an electrocution hazard as well as a fire hazard. Take the steam generator to a repair shop or discard it.

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