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Shark Steam Mop Review - Mop won't make steam repair - Shark Steam Mop
Shark Steam Mop Review

Shark Steam Mop Review


Mop won't make steam repair - Shark Steam Mop

I had two with the same problem. The fix is easy but involves disassembly. If you're not handy that way it's probably way too involved. The problem is two little rubber one way valves that control the pumping of water from the reservoir to the heater unit. They're a remarkably easy fix but getting to them is a chore.
1. Remove the handle extension (just makes unit easier to work with.
2. Remove six screws from the body (two are smaller)
3. Lift the water tank and remove the hose from the top of the heater unit. move the clip that holds the hose farther onto the hose rather than taking it off the hose. It's a pain to put it back on the hose because the hoses are wrapped with woven insulation.
4. Remove four screws from the brackets that hold the heater unit (spacers are under the brackets).
5. Now there are six screws that mount the pump frame to the body. Two are in deeply recessed holes. Remove these (Two are different).
6. Now the pump frame can be lifted out and turned over. There are two short screws that mount the bracket holding the pump body to the frame. Remove these screws and pivot out the bracket.
7. The pump body is T shaped. There are two hoses from the water tank on the left and one feeding the heater on the right. Lift the T assembly out of its recess and pull the fitting that the hoses attach to off the T. The left side has the rubber one way valve attached to the fitting you've just pulled off. The right one is attached to the pump body. You can pull these right off.
8. The problem with the steam mops is this valve. They stick shut. Maybe from the heat. Maybe from something in the water.
9. You can squeeze the tips to open them back up but I used a flat jewelers screwdriver with a little silicone lube inserted into the open end (to open them up) and hopefully the silicone lube will prevent them from sticking shut again. These one way valves allow water to be drawn from the water tank on the upstroke and injected into the heater on the down stroke. One of my steam mops had both stuck and no water was being sent to the heater. The other had one stuck and formed a vacuum in the water tank. That mop would work (until the vacuum would form) at which point I'd have to open the tank to break the vacuum. It would work again until the vacuum formed.

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