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Steam irons stop working for a variety of reasons. This guide provides solutions you can try at home to fix common problems.

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January 19, 2016 Flag
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My steam iron heats well, however it does not emit steam. I added new clean water.

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January 20, 20160 found this helpful

Chances are your vents are clogged. It happens when hard water leaves residue. Pour some vinegar in the iron and let it steam. It will help. Also to keep it shiny on the bottom, scrub it with foil. Hope that helps.

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January 20, 20160 found this helpful

It has a mineral buildup. Put some vinegar in it and let it sit overnight then drain it. I do that to my steam iron on occasion.

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July 15, 2010 Flag
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We have a steam iron that we haven't used for about a year. Before putting it away, we emptied the water from the reservoir. Now we are trying to get it to steam, but it won't. Any tips for cleaning it? We have only used this iron a couple of times.

By Kathy from Columbus, OH

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July 17, 20100 found this helpful

You might try vinegar to unclog the sprayer. Leave the hot iron on a while, then empty and rinse a couple of times. Good luck.

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July 17, 20100 found this helpful

To remove stains, I use wax paper with salt rubbing the hot iron over it several times.

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July 17, 20100 found this helpful

Sometimes the sprayer gets a calcified buildup; you might try either a needle or a thin, bent-straight paper clip to see if it clears it.

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July 17, 20100 found this helpful

Vinegar water. Fill it up and let it sit steaming, fill again.

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September 1, 2013 Flag
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My Breville 3000w steam iron won't heat. The lights just keep flashing.

By Michael

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September 3, 20130 found this helpful

Mine does that when I am out of water. Just a thought.

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October 23, 2009 Flag
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Why is my mini steam iron not working, after reaching 20 pounds of pressure? How do I rectify this problem?

By VIJAYARAGHAVAN from Mumbai, India

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October 23, 20090 found this helpful

I would try pouring some plain white vinegar into the iron and heating it up....maybe not to the full 20 lbs pressure but at least til the vinegar is warm, turn off the iron and let it set at least a few hours or even overnight. {leave it to soak in the "down" position as if you were ironing} Let it sit inside a large bowl with a towel under it so the ironing surface doesn't get scratched.

Turn on the iron and once it heats up unplug and pour out the vinegar, {use distilled water only in your steamer and irons,} fill with distilled water, heat up and dump out once it warms up; add more distilled water and let it build to full pressure and see if it steams.

If this doesn't work, repeat the vinegar process and let it heat til the full pressure builds and then unplug and dump out again.

Keep the steamer near the sink or someplace it will not harm anything else in case the pressure & vinegar "pop" out the mineral deposits that have formed in the steam vents.

Continue to do this process until you don't get any hard mineral deposits in the water/vinegar you dump out. {you can dump it into a strainer lined with a coffee filter or paper towel to see if any deposits are coming loose} In the future, be positive to use only distilled water and you won't have a problem again for many years.

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January 20, 2009 Flag
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My Steam Press SP-600 will not heat at all. Lights all work, but it just won't heat up. Could someone tell me what may be the matter? Thanks.

Merllean

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January 23, 20090 found this helpful

Check your cord by plugging it into different outlet's it may work in some and not in other's depending on how the cord was bent when you used it.Try plugging it in someplace else with the cord hanging a different way. When you hold it a certain way or if you jiggle it, and it works all you need is a new cord and plug.Good Luck Darlene

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