Service Unavailable Error 503
Users encounter the 503 Service error message when they try to load the Steam store or community from the Steam app. Error 503 is a generic HTTP error which means that the problem is with the server and not your computer (in most cases). In detail, this error message means that the server is unable to handle the HTTP request because of a temporary overhead or ongoing server maintenance. In addition, this means that the problem is temporary and will probably be solved in a moment.
Even though the error code itself tells us that this is a server-side error, there can be a lot of culprits in your own system. Here are some of the reasons you experience the 503 error when trying to access Steam pages from the application:
- Bad Internet Connection: If you have a limited / bad Internet connection, it is likely that you can not access web pages like these correctly.
- Server-side problem: Steam servers may be temporarily out of service or under maintenance. You can only wait for this.
- Proxy Servers: If you use a proxy server on your computer when you log in, it is likely that you are experiencing this problem.
Solution 1: Checking Internet Connection
If you have a limited or unstable Internet connection on your computer, the application will not be able to access the Steam servers properly and will cause the error. You must make sure that you use several methods to check your connection. you must use another computer and connect it to the same network to see if you have access to it. If you have access to your other device, but not your console / computer, we can try turning your router off and on.
There are several cases where the router enters an error state. The power cycle updates all configurations and allows proper transmission of the network again.
- Turn off your router and your computer.
- Remove the power cable from each device. Now, hold down the power button on each device for about 4 seconds so that all power is exhausted.
- Now, wait 2-3 minutes before reconnecting. Now restart your computer and launch the Steam app. Check if the problem is resolved.
Solution 2: Checking Proxy Servers
Proxy servers are used in some networks (most organizations or public places) where they are used to provide a faster Internet by caching the items accessed. This mechanism can sometimes revoke Steam application access to Steam servers. In this solution we will navigate to your network settings and disable proxy servers.
- Press Windows + R, type "inetcpl.cpl" in the dialog box, and press Enter.
- Now Internet Properties will be open. Click the Connections tab, and then click LAN Settings.
- Disabling proxy servers
- Now, if you use a proxy server, the field will be checked with the details inside. Uncheck all proxy servers if enabled. Now, restart the application / web page and check if the problem is resolved.
Solution 3: Checking Steam Server Status
If the two solutions above do not solve the problem, it probably means that the Steam servers are actually inaccessible. Servers sometimes have a little downtime, depending on the load and maintenance program. Check Steam server status You should browse the Steam status website and see if the page you are accessing is actually down. There should be a separate status for the Steam community and the market. If these are indeed inaccessible, you can do nothing but wait for the scandal.
Solution 4: Reinstalling Steam
If the error message still does not disappear, it probably means that there is a problem with the Steam application. In case of corruption or problems of this type, you will not be able to use the application to the maximum of your possibilities and to obtain errors like these.
When we update Steam files, we do not delete downloaded games. Your Steam user data will also be preserved. Only defective or obsolete files will be replaced by the application itself. Have your identifiers at hand because you may be asked to enter them.
You can read our article on how to update your Steam files. Similarly, update all your Microsoft redistributables using the official Microsoft Web site (C ++ and .NET Framework).