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How to Repair a Leaky Steam Iron

Updated February 21, 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'll Need

  • Old towel
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About the Author

Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.