Red plastic cylinder on the lid of the recovery tank
The red plastic cylinder on the lid of the recovery tank keeps becoming sucked up to the top stopping the vaccuuming of the water into the recovery tank. The only way it will release and fall back down allowing the machine to begin operating again is to shut the machine off and wait a couple seconds until it finally drops back down. I start the machine up and within a couple of strokes it has locked up again. This happens regardless of how much water is in the recovery tank if any. VERY FRUSTRATING!!
Re: red plastic cylinder on the lid of the recovery tank
The net that surround the housing if teh cylinder causes air flow restriction if it is not clean enough / new enough.
teh only solution i know of is to clean it well, buy a new one, or do away with it.
try taking it off and see if teh cylinder stays down.
if so, you have to decide what to do.
Re: red plastic cylinder on the lid of the recovery tank
The problem is sporatic so I've just resigned myself to the fact that I will have to put up with it since I'm not willing to pay for a solution. The machine is older so I will probably replace it soon, however, this problem began after only several uses. It was a poor investment from the start as there have been several other problems that I've had to have repaired and even now am working with one of the hoses duct taped together. I won't buy another of this brand!
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Problem #1 - My Steamvac is not Sucking!
If your Hoover Steamvac was working properly and suddenly it is not sucking any water, nine times out of ten, the culprit is the lid on the lower recovery tank. The lid on the lower tank (or dirty water tank) needs to hinge at the front and snap down at the back in order to creat a proper seal. If the lid snaps on but is not locked on at the front, you will not get any suction. Simply take the lid off, and ensure that when you put it back on, it must hinge on the front tabs of the tank.
Problem #2 - My Steamvac is still not Sucking!
Right now you are thinking that you shouldn't have let your brother borrow your Steamvac. And you are right, because he used the hose attachment and returned it with the hose still attached to the front of the tank (some models only). Now when you try to use it there isn't any suction. In this case, you are missing your tank duct. On models where the stair/upholstery hose attaches to the front of the recovery tank, one must remove a square plastic piece in order to attach the hose. This square plastic tank duct must be replaced before the Steamvac will operate properly in the upright position. hope this helps ive copied it
if that doesn't come up, type in bissell water tank into google & then select 'images' from the results. The large rectangular block of plastic is inside the tank between the clear plastic tabs. The long red plastic stick with the 2 tabs goes on top of the lid
Don't know how much dirt has accumulated in the recovery system, but mine was amazing for no more than we use it. The front of the head detaches and you can clearly see where the solution is being vacuumed into. A thin rectangular channel then carries the fluid to a corrugated hose in the back of the head. This channel accumulates a lot of junk too. By removing the recovery tank, you can see where the corrugated tube transfers fluid into another narrow channel which carries it vertically to the top of the recovery tank. The small section of hose seems to be the only thing that stays clean and doesn't limit flow and vacuum. The filter at the top of the tank, which keeps fluid out of the vacuum motor can also get plugged with dirt. Hope this helps.
Check to make sure that the lid locked down all of the way around. If yours has a foam filter on the inside of the recovery tank lid, make sure it has at least a 1/4 in. gap from the top. There is a filter, from the bottom, has a red casing, remove it and clean it. Also make sure that the removeable duct in front of the recovery tank is in place.
The recovery tank also has a clear plastic piece in the front that is suppose to be snapped into place to make sure its in place pull on it in the direction of the handle of the steam cleaner if it snaps then that was the problem it got out of place
the most common problem is the recovery tank. Most often the square piece of plastic that attaches to the side of the recovery tank is not snapped in-- it comes loose when you dump the tank. Take off the lid, pull the clear plastic sqare (about 4 inches by 5 ) that is attached on the OUTSIDE of the recovery tank and snap it back into place.
2nd make sure the rubber rim is clean and free of debris
3rd attach the lid with the hinges on the back first then snap down the lid
4th make sure the yellow float is down on the bottom (this is inside the filter inside the recovery tank)
5th put the recovery tank in the machine FRONT FIRST (where the two round peices of plastic are)then back, snap the sides back to lock the tank in place.
If these things dont work....make sure your not clogged with debris on the top (but I am sure you would have seen this before doing all the rest!)