Repairing a Clothes Steamer?

September 26, 2017

My clothes steamer does not heat up, but the indicator light shows that power is being supplied. How do I repair it?



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September 26, 20170 found this helpful

Over time all garment steamers can have trouble. You could have bad wiring, a calcium buildup that clogs our steamer's parts or a twisted hose. Here are a few steps to help you troubleshoot and fix your steamer.

  1. Purchase a liquid cleaner that is recommended by the manufacturer and pour half of the bottle of the cleaner into the water chamber. Let the liquid settle in the chamber for 2 hours.
  2. Empty the liquid in the steamer. When emptying the liquid you must tilt the steamer back and forth to dislodge any solid calcium buildup from the inside of the steamer.
  3. Use filtered water to rinse the inside of the steamer for 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat this step and rinse and empty the water 2 to 3 times more. You will use the same tilting motion when washing and rinsing the inside of the steamer.

  4. If you still find buildup inside the steamer repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have removed all the calcium buildup inside the steamer.
  5. Fill the chamber of the steamer with filtered water.
  6. Plug the steamer back in to the wall socket.
  7. Always use filtered water in your steamer because it won't clog the steamer.
  8. Straighten out the steaming hose. Make sure the hose isn't twisted or crimped. The steamer has problems with the hose is twisted or crimped.
  9. If the steamer still isn't working after this you will need to take the steamer in for repair. There could be another problem and this one isnt easy to fix on your own.
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You do not say if you have a hand held or a larger floor/table model steamer but most need cleaning in the same manner. As a general rule, the biggest problem with steamers is the use of regular tap water. Tap water causes a calcium build-up in steamers and steam irons and clogs the steam holes. This may be your problem.


  • You can use a liquid product recommended by your brand product but half & half white vinegar and distilled water will generally do just as good a job.
  • White vinegar is usually always easy to obtain and keep for uses like this and other household jobs.
  • Always use distilled water in your appliances that produce steam and you may never have to clean them out again.
  • Just pour the half & half vinegar/hot water in your steamer and let it sit for about 2 hours or longer before rinsing it out.
  • Turn your steamer over and shake or turn until all water is removed.
  • Repeat this process at least 2 times before trying your steamer out. Be sure to let steam run for several minutes to be sure there are no calcium particles left before aiming it at your clothes.
  • Test it on a towel or other article that can be washed if something does come out of your steamer.
  • Use only distilled water and you may not have anymore problems.
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  • If this does not solve the problem than it may be a crimped hose or a wiring problem.

Here is a link to a web site with suggestions and steps to follow if using a liquid product instead of vinegar and water.

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September 27, 20170 found this helpful

Fixing a hot iron.

Step 1
Open top cover you will see the heating element.

Step 2
Make sure there is continuity between the elements.

Step 3
If there is no continuity you need to purchase a new iron.

Step 4
If it has continuity then check other components connected to the element for the same thing.

Step 5
Some models have a limit thermostat to prevent over heating it looks like a small resistor 1 cm long.


Step 6
If it has no continuity cut off and by pass it.

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May 2, 2010

My clothes steamer suddenly stopped steaming. It heats up, sometimes, but never quite makes it to steam when it does heat up. Is there a way to repair/clean it that will make it work right again?

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Might have a little corrosion, or heating element could be going, in which case there's nothing to be done. But if you are a bit handy, get a small plate or container and start taking it apart,putting screws on plate, and check to see if all wires are connected tightly, use plain steel wool or an emery board to restore polish to anything which looks a little corroded, and lastly, check the cord. Sometimes things just need a new cord, but it has to be the proper heaviness. Is there


an appliance repair place near you? You can have it repaired or buy parts. Is there an 800 number on the appliance? They can point you in right direction sometimes.

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