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it is corrosion build up in the iron
you can try a quality steam iron cleaner but that process is generally short lived and the problem will return
The normal fix is a new iron and using only demineralized water-- not tap water
If it is a new iron and the drops of water are excessive I would suspect it is faulty.
If the iron is well-used I would suspect it has a scale problem where localised scale build up is preventing some of the water from closely contacting the heated metal and turning to steam. This could be particularly true if you live in a hard water area.
Steam irons originally soon caused problems unless distilled or de-ionised water was used. It is reckoned modern irons can use tap water but hard water can still cause trouble.
A descaler additive might help but I haven't had good results in the past...
cannot look into your wallet ...but i would just get a new one or secondhand these things are so sensitive with their water connections once you take it apart you cannot get it together again without leaking...
I just got my iron and got into an immediate argument with my husband when I read the manuel, which said "made to use tap water"....."NEVER USE 100% DISTILLED WATER". I was about to return it when I decided to call the customer service number and lo and behold, my husband is right! I\'ll never live that one down. The person on the phone said they\'d been trying to get the manufacturer to change that in the manuals for a long time. I\'m really annoyed - but you do need to use distilled water in this iron. I\'m still thinking about returning it just because of the argument.
If you live in a hard water area it may be lime scale, only use cheap bottled water to fill this machine Dont know where you live but in England 2lts(4 pints) of still water is £0.12 from Asda and Tesco