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General Electric (Wal-Mart) Model 169133

by SuzyQ
(Virginia)

General Electric/Wal Mart Iron

General Electric/Wal Mart Iron

Unfortunately, I can't say this is the best iron I've ever used. In fact, I really have never had a ?best iron? that I can recall, although I?ll be very interested in finding out what irons other people use and love.


I am very hard on irons. I use my iron daily, even with all of the wash-and-wear clothes in the closets. I just like to make sure that all of our shirts, blouses, pants and slacks are neat and wrinkle-free when we?re off to our daily activities. I also do a lot of sewing, so it?s important to have an iron handy to press open the seams. Therefore, it?s not unusual for me to buy a new iron every year or two, because they get all gunked up with water residue, and the soleplate gets scratched and burned.

My latest iron is a cheap, General Electric Model 169133. I bought it at Wal Mart, and interestingly, it actually has the Wal Mart logo imprinted on the back of the iron, so I guess they contract with General Electric to make their own iron line.

The iron is small and lightweight and does put out 1200 watts of power, which seems to be the standard for most irons. It has both spray and steam capabilities, but neither of them work very well. The iron has a tendency to leak and spurt water without warning, and that is very annoying, because occasionally the water is a bit brown, and causes staining, so I have to wash the garment again.

There is an automatic shut off, which is good. However, it seems to shut off very quickly, after only a couple of minutes of inactivity. This is too short a time, especially when you?re doing a sewing project.

My biggest complaint about the iron, though, is that it does not get hot enough. The last couple of irons I had all were very weak when it came to putting out heat. I don?t know if this is a trend or not, but it takes a lot of effort to iron out all the wrinkles in a cotton garment because you have to keep pressing and pressing and pressing.

I would not recommend this iron, unless it was just to have one on the shelf for emergencies. I really would like to buy a GOOD iron that lasts and puts out a solid amount of heat. I?ve heard that Rowenta makes a good iron, but no one I know has had one and I don?t want to send a lot of money on an unknown product.




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Aug 24, 2014
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Shut off not dependable, NEW
by: Bear

I have had this iron stay on continuously when the auto-shut off feature didn't work. I have had the iron just not come on after being turned off with the dial. This has happened twice, and now I cannot iron because it won't come on. The auto shut off indicator light is a button, and no matter which position it is in, the iron won't come on. I don't have the manual, so I don't know if there are solutions to these issues. I got out my older GE iron to use it, it will heat up, but does not steam. That is why I bought the 169133. I am on a search for a new dependable iron. I don't think I will buy it from Walmart again.

Dec 23, 2013
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Excellent iron
by: Anonymous

One of my peeves is a good iron with excellent steam. I have been using my GE for Five years now and love it. Not only is it light weight, has an extra long cord but makes nice creases in Slacks and the dress shirt collars look professionally pressed!

Jul 26, 2012
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Manual
by: Anonymous

I have a GE iron model 169133. Series C1990.
Where can i get a manual for this iron?

easyman411@hotmail.com

Nov 16, 2011
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GE Wal Mart Model 169133
by: Anonymous

This iron actually lasted 2 years which I think is the longest lasting iron that I can recall of late. I will not mind purchasing another one if its available

Nov 02, 2011
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Reliable
by: marie

This is a very reliable iron for the money. It is lightweight, not clumsy, and I like the long cord. The automatic turnoff is reliable. I have had several irons and this one seems to do all the work I ask it to do. I cannot find another one at Walmart. Hope it is not discontinued.

Oct 23, 2011
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long cord
by: Anonymous

I especially like the long cord. The iron is lightweight and not clumsy. It does everything I want it to do. However Walmart does not have it on disply any longer. Can I find another one?

Jul 26, 2009
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Shuts off alright!
by: Anonymous

After about two months of light use, ours quit coming on at all. I took it apart and found that two capacitors had exploded. After some inspection and a little reverse engineering, I found that I could just remove the auto shutoff circuit all together. When you take the case off, there will be a yellow wire, a white wire, and a blue wire going to the circuit board. The board will be wrapped in paper. Remove the paper and the two screws holding the circuit board. The blue wire powers the board. The white wire and yellow wire go to the switched contacts on the relay. Cut all three wires off close the board. Discard the board. Strip the white and yellow ones. Using the same style crimp on wire nuts that they use, crimp the white and yellow wire together. You will not use the blue wire so just crimp another wire nut on that one to insulate it. You only need to remove the plastic cover from the bottom of the iron to gain access (ie. one screw). Viola. No more auto shut off. Everything else functions as normal. ONLY DO THIS IF YOU ARE COMFORTABLE AND EXPERIENCED WORKING WITH ELECTRICITY AND ELECTRONICS!!

Jun 12, 2009
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Shuts Off
by: G Witmer

I agree with one of the comments that this iron shuts. Mine shuts off even with activity. I am ironing along and then it gets hard to iron and I find that it has shut off. Otherwise, for the price, I do like the iron. It is lightweight and seems to do a good job without spraying a mist on the clothes to get them pressed.

If anyone has a solution for the shut off, please comment. I tried to email GE and they don't seem to have a way to email about irons.

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