I have a fairly new pressure cooker with different pressure settings. The problem is that it's not reliably generating pressure because the steam is always escaping through the safety nozzle.

If I want to use it I normally fill it with enough but not too much water, put it on the stovetop and put on high heat. The pressure cooker is set on the highest "pressure setting". The problem now is that it let's all steam escape and isn't generating any pressure.

The pressure cooking itself isn't (as far as I know) broken because it sometimes works but oftentimes doesn't.
Are there any tipps or tricks or should I just buy a new one?

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    How do you know it isn't generating pressure? All pressure cookers let steam escape, if they didn't they'd explode. – GdD Oct 23 '19 at 12:03
  • Contact the manufacturer? – moscafj Oct 23 '19 at 12:03
  • @GdD It instantly releases any amount of steam and if I try to open it after half an hour or so I don't have to release any pressure / steam. – Henning Oct 23 '19 at 12:07
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    Most modern pressure cookers have a float valve which locks the lid, does yours? This is typically a button like valve which rises to lock the lid when under pressure and prevent you from opening it. If this sticks down, the cooker will not pressurize. It can get stuck. If yours has this safety device it may be faulty or need cleaned. – dlb Oct 23 '19 at 15:10
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    @Henning my experience with pressure cookers is that you put them on a higher heat until pressure closes the valve, then you turn it down sufficient to keep the pressure up. You don’t keep it on high, that produces more pressure than the device can safely contain so it vents steam. This is a safety measure. If there is no pressure at the end of 30 minutes It’s probably because you have created too much and forced it to vent or the valve is never closing in the 1st place. Speak to the manufacturer if under warranty. – Spagirl Oct 28 '19 at 15:29

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