Question about Bissell Vacuums
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: clogged spot bot
There is a very small, white water filter (approx. 3/8" in diameter/
1/8" thick) inside the "seat" where the solution tank connects to the
machine itself. Could very well be your problem if you are in a city
environment, or any other situation where hard water is present. This
is a very easy fix; discovered it when my wife experienced the exact
1) Make sure other causes have been eliminated, such as clogged nozzles, etc. (Refer to owners manual.)
2) Ensure that the solution tank is indeed seating properly with the machine, (a few small bubbles rise from the connection once made.)
3) Remove solution tank. With needle nose pliers or a very small screwdriver, GENTLY remove the white filter from the black, movable "seat" connection on the machine.
4) Run the machine on manual (without the filter) to determine if this is indeed your problem. (Don't run for an extended period of time this way if this actually is your problem. The filter is there for a reason!)
5) Simply wash the filter gently between thumb and fore-finger. Vinegar may be used, but simple tap water works as well. If clogged, you should feel grainy, hard water type scale/ lyme build-up when cleaning the filter.
6) Recycle the original filter or replace if necessary. (It would be very easy to make a new one without going through the hassle of dealing with OEM parts or Bissell. Just go to your local hardware store and they should be able to help you out with no problem.)
Voila! Spotbot works again.
Hope this helps!
Posted on Feb 11, 2010
Well... it's sub optimal but this is what I did, run hot water into the sink, add a few table spoons of bleach and run the hose along the edge of the water to slowly **** it into the hose (the tank fills very rapidly and the auto shut off will activate). You will want to run 4 or 5 tanks of waste to get the bulk of the gunk along the walls out and this will also get rid of the serratia growing (red stuff). If you dangle the hose in a u down the front of the sink and shut off the machine you can catch about a pint of water and bleach solution in the hose and roll it around inside the hose then let it sit for awhile and finish by sucking it into the waste tank, not perfect but my hose is much cleaner.
Posted on Jun 28, 2009
SOURCE: Need to clean hose.
I filled a bowl with hot bleach water and sucked the water up. It cleaned the hose pretty well (along with the gunk that was stuck in the hand wand). Mine was filthy. It looked like it had mold growing in it. Then I ran several rounds of hot water through the hose. I alternated hot water & bleach. Did this about 8 times. It is not perfect, but it sure does look a lot better. 90% of the gunk is gone.
Posted on Sep 03, 2009
SOURCE: Need a Bissell Spot Bot Manual
You'll find manuals for several Spot Bots at the link below. There should be any significant differences among the models.
Posted on May 19, 2010
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