Iron Beeping? Here’s What It’s Trying to Tell You


Does your iron beep for what seems to be no apparent reason? Then take a look at the 6 tips in this article that will help you understand why it makes a noise and if necessary, what you should do to stop it.

If your iron is beeping it could mean this:

  1. You’ve just turned it on
  2. The iron is ready to use
  3. You’ve just changed one of the settings
  4. You haven’t used it for a while and it is on
  5. The water tank is empty
  6. It needs a self-clean

As you can see, a beeping iron could indicate that your iron is simply working as it should. But it could also mean that you need to do some kind of maintenance to it. Keep reading to find out what the issue is with yours.

What It Means When Your Iron Beeps

It doesn’t matter what you do, your iron always seems to be beeping. It beeps when you use it and it beeps when you don’t. This has you wondering, is this just what’s supposed to happen, or is there something wrong?

Coming up next, we’ll discuss 6 reasons why irons beep. This will help you to determine if something is wrong with your iron and if so, what you can do to fix it.

Reason #1 You’ve Just Turned It On

Most modern irons beep as soon as they’re turned on. This is a safety feature to alert you that the iron is on and will begin to heat up. So if you hear a couple of beeps coming from your iron as soon as you push in the plug, it’s nothing to worry about.

Reason #2 The Iron Is Ready to Use

Once you plug in your iron, it will take a couple of seconds for it to reach your desired temperature. How long it takes will depend on a couple of things:

  • The age of the iron
  • The make and model of the iron
  • The setting you put it on eg: delicate or wool

Once your iron has reached the desired temperature setting it will beep. The beep is to let you know that the iron is now ready to use at the temperature you require. This is also nothing to worry about. The iron is simply eager and ready to start working.

iron temperature
The iron will beep when it reaches the desired temperature

Reason #3 You’ve Just Changed One of the Settings

Your iron may also beep every time you change one of its settings. Here are some of the settings that will trigger a beep:

  • You turn the steam setting on or off
  • You change the fabric dial from one setting to another
  • Your turn the water spray on

If your iron beeps every time you touch one of the settings, this is nothing to worry about. The iron is simply letting you know that a change has been made. This is to prevent you from accidentally knocking and activating a setting that you didn’t want.

Reason #4 You Haven’t Used It for a While and It Is On

Modern irons are built with safety features that help you to avoid accidents when using them. One of them is beeping when the iron is on but left unattended for a while.

Every setting is different depending on the make and model of the iron. But most irons will start to beep when left unattended and on for longer than 10 or 15 minutes. This is to stop the iron from overheating and becoming a possible fire hazard.

To stop the iron from beeping, avoid leaving it unattended at any time. Do not turn the iron and then leave it while doing other jobs.

iron on ironing board
If you leave the iron on without using it, it will beep

Reason #5 The Water Tank Is Empty

A beeping iron could indicate that it needs a little maintenance. It could be beeping because the water tank is empty. If your iron’s water tank is empty, it will affect the following:

  • The steam function. You will not be able to steam any of your clothes.
  • The water spray. You will not be able to use the spray to get some of the more stubborn wrinkles out of the clothes.
  • The finished product. The iron will not be able to finish the clothes properly with an empty tank. The iron is also more likely to stick and burn if the water tank is empty.

If your iron is beeping and the water tank is empty, you will need to fill it. This should stop the noise.

Reason #6 It Needs a Self-Clean

Some irons beep to indicate that they are ready for a self-clean. The self-clean helps to eliminate limescale and impurities in the iron. You should allow your iron to run a self-clean about every two weeks. But you may have to do this more often if you live in a hard water area.

Here’s what you should do to self-clean the iron:

  1. Unplug the iron
  2. Fill the water tank with water
  3. Plug the iron in and stand it upright on hell rest
  4. Put the iron on the hottest temperature setting
  5. Allow the iron time to heat up
  6. Unplug the iron and take it to a sink with the soleplate facing downward
  7. Press and hold the self-clean button until the water tank is empty
  8. Allow the iron to cool completely

How to Find Your Iron Manual Online

Every iron is different. Some beep when they turn on and others don’t. Some beep when you change their settings and others only beep when there is a problem. This might make it tricky for you to work out why your iron is making a noise.

If general information about your iron beeping is not enough, you might need to consult the instruction manual for your specific iron.

You should be able to find your instruction manual online. You’ll then be able to download it as a PDF file. Once downloaded you can look at the troubleshooting section. There you should be able to find instructions on what it means when your iron begins to beep.

To find your iron’s instruction manual, do the following:

  1. Open a Google search bar
  2. Type in your brand of iron. For example “Russell Hobbs” or “Sunbeam
  3. Type in the model number of your dishwasher. For example “IR5000” or “GCSBSP-201-FFP”
  4. Type in “Manual PDF” into the search bar
  5. Click “Search”. You should then be able to see an installation manual for your specific iron.
  6. Click on the link to download the PDF file

But what can you do if you still cannot find your instruction manual? Then you will have to contact the manufacturer. They will be able to provide you with more information about why your iron is beeping.


An iron that constantly beeps is certainly annoying, but could also be a little concerning. But I’m sure the 6 tips mentioned in this article have helped you understand better why your iron beeps. And if it is beeping because something is wrong, it has no doubt helped you to fix the problem.

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Hi there! I’m Craig, and I’m the founder of Appliance Analysts. When it comes to appliances and anything electrical, I’ve always loved opening things up, figuring out how they work, and fixing them. This website is where I share free advice from myself and our experts to help our readers solve their appliance/HVAC problems and save money. Read more