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Water shooting out bottom holes

Initially my iron worked fine. Now, after heating when I press anything water bubbles and shoots out the bottom holes. Water also shoots out bottom holes when I empty the iron.I have had my sharh only a short time. I am very disappointed and frustrated. Any suggestions?

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  • bubbles too Feb 18, 2008

    My Euro- Pro has dripped and poured water out the bottom holes and around the sole plate since the moment it was plugged in. I have tried everything from letting it steam over the sink on a rack for several minutes to distilled water and vinegar just in case it was clogged. No help. It is totally not usable. Sending it back to the manufacturer would cost in postage and repair as much as a new iron. I love the concept of this iron and the over all "feel" but would be hesitant to purchase another.

  • bubbles too Feb 18, 2008

    I love the concept of this iron and the "feel" however, the water shoots out around the sole plate and holes with great quantity. No steam...just water, water, water till iron is empty. Out of the box this is what I have. Sending it back to the mfg. would cost more in postage, insurance and repair than a new iron. I would be very hesitant to purchase another Shark.

  • Karolyn Feb 19, 2008

    I have the same problem! Worked for about a week, then started spitting out water from the bottom. Iron is heated and set on the highest temperature but this still happens. Sent back to the manufacturer. Will not buy another shark or high end iron. The cheap irons work for about a year then leak, but a least they only cost a fraction of what the shark cost.

  • atanqti Jun 12, 2008

    I've had this iron for 6 months and not it's spitting out the water instead of steaming.

  • grammyk Jun 16, 2008

    I HATE this iron! I had one, used it a few months, it started spitting and spewing water no matter what I did. I sent it back--they sent me another; I've had it a couple months, and it pretty much was spitting and spewing from the beginning. I can't get through one sleeve without trying and trying to iron the drippy water out of it. I finally resort to switching to a dry iron and using a spray bottle. I'll NEVER get another of these, and won't recommend them to anyone! (And I've let the iron get hot, as suggested, but nothing seems to matter.)

  • Anonymous Jun 24, 2008

    This is an iron from hell! No matter what the temperature, it (model G1495N) leaks, spits, drools, and in every way doubles my ironing time. I'm forever going over wet spots.

    Another issue is the fabric selector button on top. This is located right where you grasp the iron, and, unwittingly, you can change the fabric level simply by grasping the iron.

    Another issue is the water feed hole on top. Awkward.

    Best solution: buy General Electric.

  • Anonymous Aug 16, 2008

    I have the X-treme with extended steam burst. I have the temperature at the maximum heat and it spits almost all of the water I put in the chamber onto my clothes. I'm in the same camp with the others, I will never buy another Shart product. I spend a lot of money for this iron. The sad part is, I can't find this company's homepage on the Web to get assistance.

  • Anonymous Aug 30, 2008

    While ironing with steam, water comes out of the steam vents. This creates a wet and soggy item of clothing. Tried lower temp, less water in well, waiting for lite to come on, go off, etc. no luck.

  • kathyjomann Sep 22, 2008

    I have recently purchased the "Shark" iron and it's a piece of junk. If I try to use the "steam" it spits huge amounts of water all over my clothes. I've been burned 3 times with hot water spitting out from the holes. I called the number given on the website and was told I had to pay to ship the iron back and to ship it back to me...approximately $20, I already have $50 in the iron so I would have a total of about $70 in an iron. Any suggestions?

  • babygrand45 Oct 21, 2008

    I have the same problem of water spitting out all over the clothes. Hate to iron anything white with it as I end up washing the item again. This has done it since it was brand new! And it does not matter if it has heated up for a short time or long time. this is the worst iron I have ever owned and would never recommend it to anyone,. I have owned all priced irons and the $10.00 one worked better that this one ever has. As for a solution to the problem..after reading all the other comments the only one I could come up with it throw it away and get a new one!

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This normally means that the iron is not heating up enough check that you have adjusted the temp so it is not as the water will either come out of the bottom when not hot enough to steam or when the jets get dirty and need cleaning.

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