Troubleshooting My Philips Steam Generator Iron has gone off/stopped working If your steam generator iron stopped working or switched off by itself, find out here what you can do to solve the issue. Auto-off function activated This only applies if your steam generator comes with Auto-off function. The auto-off function automatically activates when your steam generator has not been used for more than 10 minutes. Press the power on/off button to switch it on again. The steam iron switches off or stops working when the steam hose is moved The electronics could have been damaged during use. In this case, we recommend that you contact us.