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I Have the SM-46 model,and when I press the start/stop button I can hear the generator start but no steam comes out, just cold water.I've noticed this happening recently,the system work fine but now I don't know what the problem is. I hope to hear from you soon, Thank You Jerry

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Hi Jerry,

Most likely your problem is that the heating elements are burnt out... the water runs through but it is not being heated to turn it to steam....
To check it out for sure some testing should be done on the elements to see if they have continuity. and OHM meter can be used to do this.
There also looks like there is a circuit board with relays that could be a problem, but if you are hearing it kick in then I think the relays are pulling in but the heating elements are bad...

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