PowerLife Steam iron

2400 W, 40 g/min continuous steam, 160 g steam boost, SteamGlide soleplate GC2997/40


My Philips Steam iron is leaking from its soleplate

In the unfortunate event that your Philips Steam Iron or Steam Generator Iron leaks from its soleplate, there may be a simple solution. Discover how to solve it yourself.

Steam has condensed on the board

Sometimes steam condenses on the ironing board cover, particularly when using irons that produce powerful levels of steam. This can look like your iron is leaking from the soleplate.

A worn-out ironing board cover may also cause this type of condensation.
To prevent this, you can do the following:

  1. Select a lower steam setting or only use steam during the first ironing strokes and then finish up with dry-ironing strokes.

  2. You can also put an extra layer of felt between the ironing board and the ironing board cover to minimise condensation on the ironing board.

  3. Replace the ironing board cover if the sponge material has worn out.

Perfumed water has been used in the iron

Using perfumed water can leave chemical residues in your iron and this can cause water to leak.

Please only use tap water, distilled water or a mix of these two types of water.

The temperature is set too low on the dial

This only applies for irons with a temperature dial.
When the temperature on the dial is not set to the steam zone (2 dot or above), your iron will not be hot enough to steam. This can cause its soleplate to leak when you activate steam.

Please make sure that the temperature is set to the steaming zone on the dial (indicated in blue in the image) before activating steam. Then let the iron heat up in the heel-rest position for one minute before you resume ironing.

Note: The image is for illustration purposes only and may differ from the dial of specific models.

Philips iron steaming zone on the dial

Steam boost used too often

When you use the steam boost function too often within a short period of time, water can accumulate on the soleplate and leak.

Please continue ironing in horizontal position and wait a while before you use the steam boost function

Remaining water after Calc-Clean

After the Calc-Clean process, any remaining water may drip out of the soleplate. Do not worry; this is normal.
Dry the soleplate with a piece of cloth.

Steam has condensed into water in the hose

This section applies to Steam Generator Irons only:

Steam sometimes condenses into water in the hose when you use steam for the first time or if you have not used it for a long time.

To solve this, hold your Philips Iron away from the garment and press the steam trigger until steam comes out of the soleplate instead of water.

The information on this page applies to the following models: GC2997/40 , GC5031/20 , GC9681/80 , GC9671/50 , GC6804/20 , GC2999/84 , GC3929/64 , GC2996/20 , GC3920/24 , GC4517/20 , GC4519/30 , GC8712/00 , GC4527/01 , GC7710/20 , GC4522/01 , GC4514/30 , GC2988/20 , GC2981/20 , GC4913/30 , GC9642/60 , GC6602/20 , GC7635/30 , GC6602/21 , GC7031/20 , GC7035/20 , GC8651/10 , GC2960/42 , GC3803/30 , GC4522/00 , GC4521/00 , GC4512/20 , GC3821/70 , GC3820/20 , GC3811/80 , GC3811/70 , GC8642/20 , GC1021/40 , GC2042/40 , GC4912/30 , GC2046/20 , GC2048/30 , GC2040/70 , GC9550/02 , GC2920/70 , GC3569/02 , GC8635/02 , GC4410/22 , GC4855/22 , GC4856/22 , GC4856/02 , GC4865/22 , GC3550/02 , GC7520/02 , GC9540/02 , GC3593/02 , GC2710/02 , GC2730/02 , GC2720/02 , GC9240/02 , GC2910/02 , GC2960/22 , GC6530/02 , GC8350/02 , GC6540/02 , GC3560/02 , GC3540/02 , GC3540/07 , GC7420/02 , GC8560/02 , GC9140/02 , GC1930/22 , GC2810/02 , GC2860/02 , GC8460/02 , GC3135/02 , GC7330/02 , GC6430/02 , GC4620/02 , GC4630/02 , HI518/02 , HI570/02 , GC7240/02 , GC3321/02 , GC3360/02 , GC2560/62 , GC1110/02 , GC3260/02 , GC4420/02 , GC4330/02 , GC4310/02 , GC1720/02 , GC4430/02 , GC2560/02 , GC2530/02 , GC2520/02 , GC1830/62 , GC8280/02 , GC3109/02 , GC8030/02 , GC8080/08 , GC8080/02 , GC8030/08 , GC1115/02 , GC1010/01 , GC1015/01 . more less

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