Fortunately, steam irons rarely require repairs. Most steam iron malfunctions can be repaired or avoided by routine maintenance procedures. Usually, if a problem with a steam iron cannot be easily repaired aired at home, it is probably better for you to replace it entirely with a new one. The cost of parts, professional repair, and time spent without the iron just don’t make serious repairs worth the effort.
It is important to store the steam iron correctly. It should not be stored or left with water in the reservoir between uses. Once emptied, the cord should be wrapped or retracted appropriately and the iron should be stored in an upright position.
Mechanical issues that can arise could be due to a damaged cord, plug or outlet. Always check these components before looking to the iron itself for the problem.
Most problems that occur with the steam iron are the result of accumulated calcium deposits left by the water used for steam. A good cleaning should remedy problems with the following:
Low Steam Pressure – First, make sure the water reservoir is full. Take a look at the steam ducts on the ironing plate. If they have a lot of deposits or the hole is not clearly visible, the ducts need cleaning. Make sure the iron is off and unplugged. Use a pin or toothpick to poke a hole through the deposits. The steam iron needs to be cleaned both internally and on the outside plate.
Cleaning the Iron – To clean the iron internally, use vinegar and water solution. Mix ½ cup of white vinegar with ½ cup of distilled or purified water. Pour this solution into an empty reservoir. Allow the iron to heat on the steam setting. Expel steam by pressing the steam button on the iron and keep it depressed for 30 seconds. Repeat this process 5-6 times. Unplug the iron and empty the reservoir.
Once the iron has cooled down, the iron plate should be cleaned. Use a pipe cleaner or old toothbrush to loosen the deposits in the steam ducts on the plate.
There are manufactured cleaning products available that serve the purpose quite well. There is also the homespun method of using a salt and vinegar solution of two tablespoons of each cooked on the stove until well mixed.
Spray Nozzle Malfunction – The most common reason for the spray nozzle not working is that the hole is clogged. It is a very small opening and can easily get clogged with water deposits and lint. Use a sewing needle to clear the hole.