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AS870 Type 1, Press & Dress steam iron: Love this iron, but suddenly it has begun spitting water instead of making steam. I use tap water (de-acidified, softened) and tried filling the iron, letting it heat on the highest setting, then holding it at full steam over the sink to clean itself out (also used the steam surge button). This made no difference. What's the matter with this great iron?
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Re: Steam iron just spits water
Hiya .. your problem is more than likely to be one of two things
1. The element is overheating, which means the thermostat is not functioning as it should.. can you hear the thermostat Clicking? if so
2. No matter how soft your water area is.. there is always scale build up around and within the jets, try a good propietary descaler..... White vinegar is a good alternative.
Fill the iron with equal parts vinegar to water, and letting it steam until dry, rinse the tank with clean water, refill it and shake the water through the steam holes over a piece of newspaper/material... Test an old cloth before ironing on anything expensive. It should sort your prob ..... never advisable do this on a new iron as the acidity may damage the iron!
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Check to see the amount of water the iron requires. If too much is added it will spit water out can also come out of where the water goes in plus the holes the steam should come out. In order for the iron to steam the water must boil inside the iron. Check the instructions and see how mmuch the manufacturer suggests. You may have to fill it several times while doing the ironing. If there is no instruction try consulting the manufacturers web site for information on your make and model of iron. They should have instruction manuals available for download. If that is not the problem it could be cracked on the inside. Give the water adjustment a try first though a lot cheaper in the long run.
If you are having trouble with your steam iron leaking or dripping water, then this tip is for you.
The first thing to remember is that the wrong water can cause you many problems with your iron. If you are experiencing problems, one of the first things to try is to use different water in your iron. Steam irons need a certain amount of mineral in the water for them to operate properly, but too much mineral, iron, or organic matter can be disaster.
Too much will cause all sorts of problems. Brown water, white scale and other problems will come from the wrong water. The wrong water will also cause the iron to corrode and leak. Of course not taking care to store the iron properly will also cause corrosion and leaks. See my other steam iron tips on the brown water and white scale issues.
So, if you are having problems, you must first figure out if it is bad water causing the steam iron to spit the water out of if in fact you have a leak internally. Internal leaks are not repairable. They are often caused by a combination of poor water quality and not drying the iron properly before storage. Either of these can cause internal corrosion and lead to leakage. Make sure to use good bottled spring water and empty the iron before storage. Lay the iron horizontal for a few seconds while hot to dry the remaining water from the tank before storing on its heel.
Poor water quality can also cause the iron to spit the water back out the wrong places and give you the impression that you are leaking, when in fact you are not. Water that makes steam too rapidly, will spit out all over the place and will not want to stay in the tank and make steam. Before assuming that you have a bad leaking iron, try using different water first. You may also need to follow my tip for cleaning the water tank of your iron, so that the different water can be effective.
In short, the wrong water can cause many problems when it comes to steam irons. Do some experimenting before you buy another one only to soon have the same problems all over again.
If you are having problems with your steam iron spitting out brown water or white scale all over your clothing, then you need to read this tip.
Both of these problems are caused by poor quality water being used in your steam iron. The problems are different in that they are caused by two different types of poor water quality. The brown coloring of the water is usually caused by organic matter or iron mineral in your tap water.
If you are getting white scale on your clothing from your iron then it is usually because of calcium or other minerals in your tap water.
Either of these problems can also contribute to spitting or leaking of the iron when in use.
To clean the inside of the iron you must first empty all the water from the iron. Then fill the iron half full with bottled spring water and then fill to full with vinegar. Run the iron at its hottest setting for 15 minutes and then drain the solution. Fill again with just the bottled spring water. Reheat and then empty. After removing all of the water, turn on the iron and let it sit in the horizontal position for a few seconds to evaporate the last of the water. This will not hurt your iron, but will remove all the moisture before storage.
To keep your iron working well, use bottled spring water, and remember to remove all water before storing your iron. Always allow the iron to cool and store it on its heel. Using the right water will prolong the life of your iron. Commercial de-scaling cleaners are hard on the inside of the iron and can cause leaks. Do not use distilled water, as it is too pure and will not produce much if any steam.
The dirty water coming out of your iron steam holes is caused by the accumulation of 'dirty' tap water: if you look inside an eletric kettle, you will see the same 'dirty' muddy brown mineral residue on the inside. In addition, if your iron is old, it can also be rust.
It is a pretty common problem that can be minimized by using distilled water.
You can get commercial steam iron cleaning fluid to clean the inside of your steam iron or you an simply use vinegar:
1) with a cold iron, fill the reservoir with straight vinegar
2) Place your iron on top of a metal kitchen rack above your kitchen sink, turn iron on and let it steam out all the vinegar: it should spit out the whitish mineral and muddy brown deposity.
3) Refill iron reservoir with clean water and repeat as of step 2.
4) Refill iron reservoir with clean water, wipe any dirty from the sole plate and this time on full steam, iron on clean layers of Kitchen paper to ensure that all dirt has been removed from the inside of the iron reservoir, if not, repeat from step 1 again.
In the future, try to use distilled or at least filtered water.
Hope it helps: let me know how you go!
Fill it with a mix of 50% white vinegar and 50% water. Let it set for 30 minutes and steam it out for about 2 minutes. Unplug it and dump it. After it cools colpletely, fill it with water and steam it out. The rust is coming from your water supply, not the iron.
This happens due to limescale and / or build ups of mineral deposits such as iron in the water. You will need to use a kettle descaling solution or an iron descaling solution available from most supermarkets or home appliiance stores and clean out the debris in the iron. It happens to most if not all irons and cleaning on a regular basis is the only answer or use very expensive 'iron water'
Actually there was no category for clothes steamer, and before entering information I was prompted to pick a category so I chose vacuums hoping that when my problem was diagnosed it would be understood that the problem is a clothes steamer that has stopped giving off steam. Please help if you can. I appreciated your time.
It's a possibility that you iron steam making elements are caked with lime and possibly the steam holes as well.
Purchase some "Lime Away" and dilute it 50/50 and pour it into your steam iron (drain all the old water out first and leave the iron unpluged) let sit for an hour or so and drain out, fill it again with clear water shake and drain out do this a couple of time then turn on the steam and see if it works properly, use the first time on an old towel to be sure all the chemical has been rinced out. Good Luck.