How to Repair a Leaky Steam Iron

Written by sommer leigh | 13/05/2017

Repair your leaking iron before it leaves water stains on your shirts or other garments. Iron manufacturers suggest changing the type of water you use and using the iron on the appropriate settings to resolve this problem. If you continue to experience leaking, it may indicate a more serious problem requiring repair. Contact the manufacturer directly if you're unable to resolve the issue.

Replace softened or distilled water with tap water in the water reservoir. Distilled and softened water can cause the iron to spit and leak. After changing the water, test the steam function on an old towel to verify it doesn't leak.

Pour water into the reservoir only up to the maximum line to prevent leaking.

Turn the iron's thermostat to high and give it sufficient time to heat up. Most irons indicate heating is completed with an indicator light. Using the iron before it's properly heated may cause it to leak.

Switch the steam dial off to test if water stops leaking when the steam setting is not activated.

Shake the iron back and forth a few times to turn it back on, if it has an "auto-off" function. Irons may leak water when in "auto-off" mode.

Things you need

  • Old towel

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