It is a fact that every piece of equipment, no matter how careful you are in using it, eventually gives up on you at one time or another. It is beneficial, therefore, to know some basic and essential problem-solving guidelines for home gadgets and equipment you regularly use. A clothes steamer, for example, might conk out on you during the most important day of your life. Following these simple troubleshooting tips can help you fix your clothes steamer to be as good as new, or even better.
Troubleshooting Tip No.1 – Getting to Know Your Clothes Steamer
If you ever heard of people saying that they cannot do their work properly without their own set of tools, they’re probably right! Knowing your clothes steamer inside and out can prevent many accidents from happening. You can read the product’s manual, guide or reviews or ask the salesperson to demonstrate the proper use of a clothes steamer before you actually buy the product.
Troubleshooting Tip No. 2 – Listen, Stop and Look
Do not throw out your unit or call customer service just because you heard a gurgling sound on your clothes steamer. This rippling sound is normal when your clothes steamer is on. This is due to the condensation of the water building inside the steam hose. Homemakers can simply lift the steam hose or the “T” handle upward. The gurgling sound will eventually disappear once the excess moisture has a chance to return to the base of the steamer.
Troubleshooting Tip No. 3 – Spring Cleaning Time
Every piece of equipment needs to be cleaned once in a while. If you notice the steam coming off more slowly than usual or if it stops producing steam then starts up again, or should the lamp indicator indicating low water even if it is full, then it’s time to decalcify your clothes steamer. Decalcification is a process that removes the calcium deposits that builds up inside your steamer over time and use. The calcium deposits usually come from tap water that you use to fill the steamer’s water container, especially if your water source is high in minerals. You can decalcify your steamer using water and vinegar solution, and the instruction manual usually comes with basic how-to directions for cleaning your equipment.
Troubleshooting Tip No. 4 – Leaking or Spitting of Water
If you find your clothes steamer spitting or leaking water at the base of the unit, turn off your equipment before checking the steamer thoroughly. A spitting accident may simply mean that you filled up the water container above the normal water level or can indicate a cracked steam head. Check out the water container by removing excess water from the container and restarting the equipment. For a cracked or damaged steam head, you can replace the clothes steamer’s head as soon as signs of excessive use become apparent.
Leaking water at the base of the unit might mean that there is a hole in the tank. If this is the case, you might need to replace the tank itself. Otherwise, you can check if the brass couple between the hose and the base unit may be loose and just needs to be tightened with a wrench.
Troubleshooting Tip No. 5 – Calling For Help
If you already plugged your clothes steamer and tried everything but your clothes steamer still does not work, then it is time to call the professionals to do the job. Faulty wiring or fuse problems can be fixed easily, however if you are not sure which one connects with another, do not chance upon this type of repair. One might incur electrical shock or get burns if there are open wires or faulty outlet and plugs. Always contact the authorized repair centre for the product and request technical and home repair services.