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9200 Bissell carpet cleaner, water will NOT dispense

Water will not dispense form the cleaner. Everything else seems fine. I've only used it 4 times but haven't used it in the last year.

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  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2008

    same problem with my cleaner. I think there is a clog some where in the line. The attachment hose works fine but not the main system. Anyone have ideas on how to fix this?

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    Water will not dispense when cleaning carpet

  • pattonladyd Jan 03, 2009

    My Bissell Carpet Cleaner will not dispense water but the hand held attach still work normal.

  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2009

    exactly same problem. used 4 times, in storage for a year now only handheld hose works. spoke to bissell customer care - they suggested it may be an airlock. They said if handheld was working main mechanics and valve operations are fine so more likely to be a clog.

    Their tip to remove airlock (which didn't work on mine) is to put the unit in upright position, pump the trigger for 2-3 mins, then bring handle down to waist height and puch forward whilst still depressing trigger. Then put it upright again and repeat the process again. Do this 2-3 times. Would be interested to know if this works for anyone else. Otherwise its £68 to get a bissell agent to pick it up and have a look at it!

  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2009

    Water will not dispense when pressing trigger

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  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2009

    Ditto here. We moved last summer into a new house, and with all new (allbeit scratchy) carpeting, I only needed to spot clean once a week, and vacuumed 2/3x weekly. Now that the basics are simply not enough, I had to drag ye olde Bissel out of the shed, only to find the water isn't dispensing/dispersing properly. Hand tool works fine, the base does not. I'll try the 'pump it & punch it' method, and maybe if I'm holding my tongue just right, it'll work. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2009

    i have tried taking it apart as well to no avail. don't know if there is a clog that i can't find or what. it's been used twice. all of the sudden it won't spray from the bottom.

  • homan5060 Mar 24, 2009

    Water solution will not dispense, extracts water just fine. Last time used worked fine, but hasn't been used for awhile. Took apart nothing seemed broken, cleaned while apart but still wouldn't work. Can't see how to get to the hose line to verify if clogged.

  • D Tietje Apr 13, 2009

    My Bissell 9200 will not dispense ANY water either from the floor cleaner or hose attachment. Is this a clog issue or solenoid?

  • Positronic May 23, 2009

    This is about the 3rd time using this cleaner. Now it is only spraying cleaner onto the carpet, the water in the bladder is not going lower. Most likely this is a simply fix as so many have the same problem, probably something getting clogged somewhere. If anyone figures it out please post!



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I've owned a Bissell 9200 for a few months. I've used it twice, the last time most likely being around August. I attempted to use it this past weekend and it wouldn't spray. I searched all the help sites I could find and thought the solution was a clog in the heater, which many said was located in the arm. After I took the arm apart, to my surprise, THE HEATER IS NOT LOCATED IN THE ARM OF THE 9200 MODEL.

It's still under warranty, however am not located near a service center so I took it upon myself to try to fix it.

I'm just a single female who ends up trying to fix a lot of stuff herself so, I don't speak "technical instructions". But, here's what I did in the event that it may help someone else.

I unscrewed all the screws that I could on the base. I removed the cover over the motor. Doing so revealed the hoses attached to the soap dispenser. Located closer to the rollers were more hoses. On the same side as the foot lever, above the wheel is the where the HEATER is located.

Being that I was looking for a clog, I unclamped one hose at a time; inserted a safty pin into what the hose was attached to and wiggled it; re-clamped hose afterwards.

The only slight confusion may be with the screws. There are only two sizes. I used finger nail polish to mark where the small ones went.

I reassembled it, turned it on, and it actually started spraying again!!!!!!!!

So that this "blockage" won't occur again, I will take advice I've read about cleaning Bissell's hoses out after using it.
See, taking the thing apart was really nerve racking! Especially not knowing if it would even work after I put it back together.

GOOD LUCK WITH FIXING YOUR CLOG!'ll probably need to sooner or later.

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The water or soap line might be clogged, or something is broken. If it is just the upright part and not the handle, then its a solenoid, if its both then either the pump motor or the pump is not working.

Here is a list of parts.

Hope this helps.

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Ok, here is a simple glog clearing technique, no need to know where the clog is really. all yo need is a foot ball pump, and you know those little black ends you get with electric pumps? 9200 Bissell carpet cleaner, water will NOT dispen - ball-pump.jpg Like that black one.

Here is the fix. Since most clogs happen within the heater just disconect the pip that connects to the T - splitter (just before the spray heads) and disconect the small pipe connecting to the servo. Get a container and put the pipe from the T-splitter in there, get the pump with it's black end and push into pipe (not to far) and simple pump away until and water remaining get through so fast that this should clear the clog. If you are unsure get a mouth full of water and manually blow into the system and repeath the pumping. This cleared my clog in less than a minuite. funny thing is that there were at least three clogs within that small system.
Hope this helps someone ot there.


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Test to see if water comes out of the upholstry hose if water comes out of this then the spray tips are clogged ,you can see the spray tips under the clear plastic cover at the front of the machine

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Mine started spraying water again. I read the manual that someone posted (and I posted again below) and on page 19 of the PDF it says that the "pump may have lost prime" - whatever that means? But the solution it said was to turn it on and wait a minute before attempting to spray again. I know it was putting out water as I didn't fill up the cleaner bottle and put it on spray water only. To prevent problems with it the thing is supposed to be disassembled, cleaned thoroughly, let dry, and reassembled (see page 16). I doubt I'll be doing that so will probably run into a problem with something not working down the road.

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