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Trouble with Spotbot

I just bought a Bissell Spotbot and when I set it up, it doesn't spray from either the auto mode or the manual mode. The troubleshooting only offers to make sure the tank is in securely by gently pushing and seeing bubbles. When I gently push, there are no bubbles, but it seems to be on securely. Any advice?

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  • Anonymous May 06, 2008

    Had some white junk build up on the nozzle underneath the solution tank. Hard to get out, so I took it to the sink and sprayed it out. Let it dry for a day (because water got into lots of place on the spotbot) and it works much better now.

    We were using a generic rug cleaner instead of something for the SpotBot.

  • Maddie64 Jul 09, 2008

    This is the third time I have had to fill the tank, hold the manual spray button and wait over the sink to get the water to spray. I spent 30 minutes this morning doing this. It cleaned one spot and has stopped working. I purchased this machine in March of this year and am upset. I don't want to have to do this for every spot.

  • Anonymous Jul 27, 2008

    Had similar problem with no solution comming out. Here is soloution #3. I put the spotbot up on the counter and put the nozzle below in a trash can. I put it on manual and pulled the trigger. Still no liquid. I lifted the tank slightly 6-10 times and it primed the pump and I had a good flow in less than 20 seconds. Hope this helps.

  • Leela Obilichetti Dec 22, 2008

    ARGH- I've tried all the solutions listed here and in the book and still no success.  I am having the same problem - the water will not spray at all.  


    Its a brand new machine but hasn't been used in about 6 months.  



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My problem wasn't a problem with a new unit. We have had ours over a year and it has been flawless up until a few days ago. Ours stopped pumping cleaner for both the manual hose and the automatic section. Other solutions of priming the pump described make sense, but that was not my problem. When I would press the manual hose button a very short squirt of liquid would occur and then nothing. When I looked at the receptacle for the cleaner tank on the Spot bot side, there was a gray fuzz in there. I tried cleaning that with an old toothbrush and it came right out. It was a filter of some sort. It was gray on one side, black on the other and about the size of a dime. I guess over time the filter has gotten clogged and didn't allow a full flow of liquid. I removed the filter and put the tank back in. The unit works perfectly. I am going to try to clean the filter, put it back in and see if the unit will work. If not, the filter is history.

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  • scottef1 Oct 28, 2010

    I have to agree with gbarnabo and solution #3. I've had mine for several years with no problems. Then today it stopped spraying from the hose or the underbrush. Removed the little filter from under the CLEAN tank and it works like a charm again!

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I should have know it as former Pocess Technician in a chemical plant... a pump needs enough inlet pressure so it can actually move the liquid (at first use the pump is dry). I put the machine on a chair and the manual spray on the ground, I also remove the filter (reservoir connection) and while holding the manual spray lifted the tank a couple of times. after 2 minutes it stared spaying. (I put the filter/ sponge back) so by these 3 manouvres you increase the inlet pressure of the internal pump. Now the pump has fluid it has no problems and is working as it should.

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I've been using my for well over a year and just now acquired this problem as well. I tried all the solutions and nothing worked UNTIL solution #8. Just pull that filter out from underneath the CLEAN tank and it will work flawlessly.

Thanks gbarnabo.

-VELPO

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As odd as this may sound, my husband sucked on the spray part of the manual hose and the spray started to flow.  At least that is it it started to work for us.  

Posted on Mar 27, 2009

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I ended up with this problem after owning for about 8 months. I ended up pulling out a white foam type of disk with a hole in the center. It sits on top right where the tank valve seats. For some reason it had expanded and the valve was not seating enough where the little rubber point could push the tank valve open enough.

Posted on Dec 25, 2008

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I bought one today and it would not spary so I took it back and got a second one and it would not spray either I was ready to get a sledge hammer. So then I went to connsumers report to see if they had rated it no they had not. I then went to look on line at the Bissell site and my husband told me about this web site. I tried no. 2 solution and it did not work at first but after about 10 minutes of squeezing the manual it started working so keep trying it is worth wish I had done this before I took the first one back!!!!! Thanks

Posted on Dec 09, 2007

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Just found out that the Bot I gave my daughter for Christmas LAST year didn't spray either - almost a year and she's never used it (and didn't let me know). Got them for two other daughters - those worked fine. I was pretty skeptical, but I tried the solutions above (holding down trigger in manual mode - and also removing and resetting the tank several times even though I didn't see bubbles). Voila - another success story. Have two daughters' bots going on MY carpet now - hmmm...why didn't I buy one for myself?

Posted on Dec 07, 2007

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If all else fails to prime the pump and you have access to an air compressor, try blowing a short blast of air in the outlet for the hand sprayer where the spray should come out while holding the trigger and a short blast where the small filter is located at the bottom of the clean tank with the filter removed.
after trying the other solutions.for over a half hour, I tried this and it worked like a charm......good luck.

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I put  a straight mixture of CLR in the tank and ran the unit on Surface Stain setting, repeatedly turning off and then restarting the unit when the Spray light went out.  I did this until, after about two or three minutes, the unit began to spray steadily.  I ran the rest of the CLR through until it was all gone. I then heated some water in the microwave oven and filled the tank with this hot (steaming, but not boiling) water.  I switched to manual mode and held the trigger on the handle continuously until all the water emptied out of the tank.  It works now; let's hope it continues to work the next time the cat yaks.

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I had a problem with the spray of my spotbot. I filled the water side with CLR and in seconds it started working great again. Now I clean it with a little CLR after a few uses to avoid the problem again. So far so good!

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Im glad I found this. We are using ours for the first time and right now having trouble getting it to work. Wouldn't you know it's a Sunday- so they are closed. Im going to try holding down Solution # 2. Lets hope it works!

Posted on Nov 11, 2007

I also had this issue on first use. Called the dreaded 800 # and got the answer - it really should be noted in the manual since its such a common complaint! Anyhow: Unwind the hose and put the nozzle on it, press the manual/hose button, keep squeezing and releasing the spray trigger until the spray comes out (it will take a good long minute or two). Then you're good to go. Its a good little machine once it gets started.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007

OK - i was the last entry - it took about 5 min of holding the trigger in manual mode and messing with the tank to finally get the spray to work. Cleans pretty good now.

Posted on May 02, 2007

Going on my second - still will not spray any liquid.

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I bought mine last summer, when my carpet was fresh in my new place. I just now used it and it wouldn't spray either. I came to this site and then tried it another time.. now there SEEMED to be nothing wrong with it, in all the tips and help, so I 'ran' it and if there was any stoppage in the hose where you use the trigger, (I tried that, didn't seem to make any difference...) So... I ran it on a spot and filled it with the cleaner and I noticed that the hose was slowly filling the deposited water into its' spot. So if you can fool around with it for awhile, maybe it will 'unclog' in whatever area they say is not working. Mine's working now.. and it does a good job .. spot by spot. Since my carpet needs probably a one path cleaning, I'm cleaning alot tonite but typing while it does the work. hope this helps someone.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007

Return it and get another one. Use your warrenty.

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