Troubleshooting My Philips Steam generator does not produce any steam If your Philips Steam generator does not produce any steam, there might be a simple solution. Discover how to solve it yourself. Scenario 1: There might not be enough water in the water tank Remove the detachable water tank from the steam generator and fill the water tank with water. Scenario 2: The steam generator is not hot enough to produce steam Wait until the 'iron ready' light on the iron lights up continuously. Scenario 3 Press the steam trigger and keep it pressed while you steam iron. Scenario 4: The water tank has not been placed properly in the steam generator Slide the water tank firmly back into the steam generator ('click'). Scenario 5: The appliance is not switched on Insert the plug in the wall socket and press the on/off button to switch on the appliance.