Troubleshooting My Philips PerfectCare Elite Plus iron steams in the air If you notice that the intelligent automatic steam mode in your iron produces steam while the iron is lifted, read on to find out what you can do to solve the issue. Movement was detected Any horizontal movement of the iron detected will cause it to steam. This could cause it to steam in the air. When you stop moving the iron, it could take a moment for it to stop steaming. This is normal behaviour.