Shark steam mop may stop steaming due to several reasons. This guide identifies all the possible reasons and explains how to fix a Shark steam mop not steaming.
Low Water in the Reservoir
Check that there is enough water in the tank. Steam mops don’t produce steam if the water levels are below the fill line.
Wrong Settings on the Machine
Some Shark models have a steam-lock collar for cleaning surfaces that don’t require steam. Ensure that it is not engaged.
Bends in Water Hose
Check your water intake tube for any kinks. Straighten it out if you notice any bends or kinks.
The steam nozzle gets blocked due to calcium and magnesium build-up. These minerals are present in tap water.
Solution: Use distilled water and clean your mop after every session by gently scrubbing the steam jets with a soft toothbrush. You can also clean deep clean the nozzle with a DIY cleaner or a commercial cleaner.
Follow the steps below to clean your Shark steam mop’s nozzle.
- Turn off your mop and empty the water tank. Make sure it is not hot.
- You can use the included nozzle cleaner or use a straightened out paperclip to remove the calcium buildup on jets on the nozzle tip.
- Clean the steam head with white vinegar.
- Test the system to see how it performs.
Follow the steps below if the above fix doesn’t work!
- Make a solution of 50% distilled water and 50% vinegar and add it to the water tank.
- Let it sit overnight.
- Take your steam mop in the sink, turn it on and set it to the highest setting.
- Wait for the steam mop to start steaming while keeping the steam head in the sink. You will hear a loud bang, indicating calcium build-up removal.
- Empty the water tank, fill it with water and start using it as normal.
- You can also use a commercial lime remover instead vinegar. Commercial cleaners require 4-5 hours of sitting time inside the mop.
Your Shark steam mop may have a leakage that allows pressure to escape. It can happen due to cracks in the water tank, loose water tank cap, or leaks in the hoses. Inspect the steamer for any cracks, leaks, or damages. Replace that part to solve the problem.
The last thing to check is the heating element. Dismantle the steamer and identify the heating element. Connect a multimeter to the two wires going toward the water tank. The multimeter will show resistance between 20-50 ohms if the element works properly. Replace the heating element if the reading is not in this range.
Tips to Prevent Blockages in Shark Steam Mop
- Use distilled water or soft water.
- Clean the steam nozzle regularly with vinegar-water mixture.
- Vacuum the floor before using a steam mop as it removes dust and debris and prevents blockages.
- Make sure that the steamer is clean before your set it to work.
- Try to use your steam mop on medium settings.
- Avoid using your steamer on carpets.
melinda freeborn says
i have had my shark vac then steam machine for years ….and really like it ….except for it being very loud
the steam quit and i tried the paperclip, clr, vinegar=to no gain. now the heat doesn’t work
i would like to buy another one. where can i buy another one?
i do not want cordless