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No suction in carpet cleaning mode with Empower

I have a Hoover Empower a little over a year old. Today I noticed it was not picking up anything. The brushes are turning, but I didn't feel any suction. When I disconnect the hose I feel the suction and when I put the stair/upholstery attachment on the hose, it picks up dirt. I checked the short tunnel between where the hose attaches to the vacuum and bottom of the unit and the tunnel is clear.

Why would the suction work in the upholstery mode, but not in the carpet mode?

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Check the nozzle . Turn it over on it's belly and remove the 4 screws that hold the base plate on. Take off the plate and remove the brushroll. I bet you will see a clog in the intake. If not take it to your local vac shop and let them fix it.

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SOURCE: Hoover Upright SteamVac Deluxe with stair and upholstery cleaner

Don't listen to Solution #1, it is simply NOT correct. This is the correct answer:

As you stated, you already know where the water hose connection is. It is under the easily visible port cover on the top of the base.

What is NOT easily visible is the connection for the vacuum hose. That's because the machine needs to be "reconfigured" before the hose can be attached. To "reconfigure" the machine:
1) Remove the cover off the waste water tank and notice how things appear--it will soon be important.
2) Find and remove the "panel" on the front of the waste water tank by sliding it straight up and out.
3) Replace the panel with the connector by sliding it straight down. When finished the top should look something like it did in step 1). This assures that the dirty water will be vacuumed into the waste water tank.
Done!

Posted on Dec 06, 2007

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SOURCE: Problems with the Hoover Steam vac Heated carpet cleaner

This happens when the filter on the inside of the lid for the dirty water tank is pushed all of the way up. You need to leave a 1/4 in. gap from the top to the top of the filter.

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Take out the duct in front of the tank (#3), the hose end will have a duct on it that you insert in its place. This provides the suction for the hose. Don't forget to put that duct you took out back in place, or you won't have suction when you use the steam cleaner.

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Posted on Feb 12, 2008

SOURCE: Hoover Upright SteamVac Deluxe with stair and upholstery cleaner

The original problem was, How do I attach the upholstery attachment to the cleaner. I see where the water connection is, but not where to attach the hose part.,

The solution to attaching the upholstery attachment to the Hoover Steam Vac cleaner was excellent for steps 1 and 2. However, in step 3, I can not simply slide the upholstery attachment straight down. It gets stuck and does not connect to the bottom connector and is stuck in midair. It seems like I am doing something wrong. My Hoover model steam vac model number is F5900-900.

The solution given in steps 1,2, and 3 where I have a problem with step 3 is as follows;

What is NOT easily visible is the connection for the vacuum hose. That's because the machine needs to be "reconfigured" before the hose can be attached. To "reconfigure" the machine:
1) Remove the cover off the waste water tank and notice how things appear--it will soon be important.
2) Find and remove the "panel" on the front of the waste water tank by sliding it straight up and out.
3) Replace the panel with the connector by sliding it straight down. When finished the top should look something like it did in step 1). This assures that the dirty water will be vacuumed into the waste water tank.
Done!

Posted on Feb 16, 2008

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SOURCE: Hoover Dirt Finder (light) not working

Good be a bad sensor, but if less then a year old, it is under warranty. I would take it in to a warranty repair shop and have them fix it.

Posted on May 13, 2008

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