Do irons turn off automatically if it’s not being used?

Will my iron turn off automatically?

I forgot to unplug it…

That’s the question many of you asked me through emails and Instagram.

In this article, we’re going to answer if irons turn off automatically or not and also tell you the consequences of that.

Will my iron turn off automatically?

Most of the iron comes with an auto-shutoff feature which turns off the iron automatically when it is left untouched for 8 minutes vertically, 30 seconds face down or on its side. When in a face-down position, your clothes may get burned depending upon the temperature setting of the iron.

For example, Rowenta DW9280 model comes with a 3-way auto-shutoff feature which turns off the iron for 30 sec on its side or face down position, and for 8 mins in the vertical position.

You should look for important information about this auto shut off function:

How auto shut off save electricity & clothes burns?

Modern irons come with auto shut-off features having temperature sensors and gravity-based switches. When the iron is left untouched for a certain period of time it will start to reach its max temperature and the temperature sensor trips thus cutting off the power supply to the heating element of the iron.

When placed in vertical mode, the gravity-based switch gets activated and the circuit board will cut off the power supply after a certain amount of time.

Is it recommended to leave your iron plugged in?

If you intentionally leave your iron plugged in, then you’re doing it wrong. By turning it off, first, it will save electricity, and second, it’ll reduce the risk of voltage overload.

These irons, hair straighteners, dryers draw a huge amount of ampere. While the models will not catch on fire but their circuits and wires can cause short circuits after a certain period of misuse.

If you forgot to turn it off by mistake on a rushed morning then it is fine but as a responsible person you must check all the electrical connections like fans, lights, and other kitchen & grooming appliances, and turn them off.

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