How To Troubleshoot And Fix A Steamer

Electrical appliances can be a blessing and a curse. When you first purchase a product, the newness of the item can make your life easier. But once it breaks, you feel like you're in a horror movie. If your steamer stops working, there's a way to troubleshoot and fix your steamer. That pile of laundry won't steam, fold and put itself away after all!

A working garment steamer helps get wrinkles out of clothing.
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No Steam or Intermittent Steam

This happens more frequently than one would think. A garment steamer can stop producing steam if the steamer becomes clogged with mineral deposits. If you paid attention in science class, then you will remember that water contains different types of minerals. If a mineral like calcium emits from the water, then a layer of deposit will form on the steamer. When that happens, steam can't move out, but all you have to do is decalcify the steamer. To do this, all you need to do is create a solution that's equal parts water and vinegar. You don't have to use your expensive apple cider vinegar; white vinegar will do the trick.

No Steam or Loss of Steam

If you've decalcified your steamer and it's still not working, check the water reservoir in your steamer. If the steamer runs out of the water, then steam will not produce. If you've been using the steamer consistently, the flow of steam will decrease until there is nothing left. All you have to do is refill the steamer with more water and this should rectify your problem.

Steamer Does Not Turn On

If the steamer does not turn on, check the operational light. If the light is off, then there may be a problem with the plug socket or a fuse blew in the steamer's plug. If the plug is blown, change the fuse and test another power socket in your house. Now, if the steamer does not turn on, but the light is illuminated, that means your steamer may be clogged with sediment and limescale. This is the reason why your system is malfunctioning.

How To Flush Sediment And Limescale Out Of The Steamer

Sometimes, sediment and limescale can be stuck in your steamer. To get sediment and limescale out of your steamer, you have to disconnect the hose, pole and other attachments in the steamer. Take the steamer and place it in a large sink or bath, unscrew the small drainage valve and flush the steamer out. Run water through this small hole until the water runs clear.