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Iron no longer has steam function

My iron is about 3 months old and all of a sudden it no longer steams. I go through the proper procedure as I have in the past and the water just sits in the well and doesn't produce steam. The iron does get hot. I was thinking of throwing it away.

Any suggestions?

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If you are using tap water then the hardness of the water could cause the problem. You can usually fix this buy running vinegar water through the iron once or twice like you would a coffee pot.
If you have been using distilled water then you probably need to replace the iron.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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