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Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in TellMeWhy |

How Does an Electric Iron Work?

How Does an Electric Iron Work?

An electric iron runs on electricity, when electric current passes through the iron it instantly produces heat to make it work. When the iron is turned on, electricity flows through wires, called resistance wires in the heating element. The resistance wires resist, or oppose, the flow of electricity so strongly that heat is produced.

It is the heat and weight of the electric iron which make it work by flattening the wrinkles in your clothes, bonding in the middle of the molecules of the clothes to become weak and pliable. When the clothes cool again, the molecules in the clothes strengthen again, but in a flattened position.

An electric iron uses a heating element which gets hot when an electric current passes through it. The element is inside the iron base, or sole (base) plate, made of aluminum, stainless steel or nonstick coating.

The electric current passes to the heating element through a thermostat, which controls the temperature of the iron.

Other irons such as Hand irons have an electric loading up to 1,000 watts and weigh from 3-6 pounds. Steam irons contain reservoirs of water which release steam through holes in the soleplate directly on to the article being ironed.

In this way they produce, at the same time, the moisture, heat and pressure needed to make the fiber pliable and remove the creases. Now you have the answer to the question how does an electric iron work.

Content for this question contributed by Gina Labastida, resident of Jaro, Leyte, Philippines