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Manual Mode doesn't work

I just bought one of these and when I tried the manual mode as stated in the manual it won't run. The green LED just flashes and it won't start up. I've tried removing the grip first then it turning on and also turning it on then removing the grip. Either way yields the same result....nothing.
I took this one back and bought another with the same result. I've tried pushing all the buttons and nothing makes the manual mode run. Either I'm doing something wrong or there is a common problem with the two of them. I haven't tried customer support yet because it sounds like a waste of time. If there's no quick fix or hint as to what I may be doing wrong, this one is going back too and I won't be buying another.

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  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    same issue, tried the fix with no success.

  • heddon Jan 03, 2009

    I let mine sit for a whole day and still no go. The micro switch where the handle fits must be defective or not even connected inside. Anyway, mine went back to the sttore and it'll be a cold day in you know where before I buy another!!!

  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    Same problem. Could not get it to run at all in manual mode. Tried unplugging, waiting, following instructions exactly. No avail. Worried that other issues will develop later. Will return tomorrow for refund.

  • Megan P Jan 25, 2009

    Same problem, flashing manual light and will not run. Oddly the automatic setting seems to work fine.

  • crossworx316 Jan 26, 2009

    I have the same problem mine flashes in manual mode and wont run.

  • gpsorders Feb 02, 2009

    We are having the same problem. Unit won't work in manual mode. Light flashes and the unit won't start. Returned one unit and the second one does the same thing. Customer service is not available on Sunday's. We'll see what they say tomorrow.

  • AnathemaJane Feb 10, 2009 frustrating. Same problem. Now I'm on endless "spot" cleaning, which is a complete pain. I've tried initating the manual mode through many different methods. Just blinks and shuts off.

    This spot bot is using silly amounts of cleaner...and not cleaning so well either!

  • Anonymous Feb 13, 2009

    Same problem on first unit and now on the second unit.... returning again and not getting another. Manual mode doesn't ****, but this product does.

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2009

    Mine is doing the same thing but I let it sit for a few hours and the same problem : (

  • judybates111 Feb 28, 2009

    I have the same problem! I can't get the SpotBot to work in manual mode which is what I need for the stairs! I have tried every which way and the manual mode does not seem to work. If I cant figure out something I'm doing wrong this will be returned. If I can't use it on the stairs I don't need it.

  • beceggers Mar 01, 2009

    I used the manual mode once and loved it. Used it on the stairs. The second time I tried to use it about a week later, all I got was the blinking LED light. HELP!!!

  • KingTragic Mar 17, 2009

    Looks like I'm having the same problem everyone else is. This freakin' sucks. I plug it in, detach the hose, attach the brush, push the manual button...and all I get is a blinking light. Maybe I’ll try again in the morning.

    What’s more frustrating is when I push one of the other buttons, but floor brush begins to spin, but I can get spray and suction through the hose. The manual specifically says that the main function won’t work if the hose is detached (and vice versa).

    I swear I’ll never buy another Bissell product again. I hope you see this, Bissell.

    Do not buy this product.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2009

    "Manual Mode doesn't work"

  • johnv720 May 20, 2009

    Same problem.

    Got the unit Sunday. Today is Wednesday. I brought it to work to clean a coffee stain on our new carpet (and to show off my new nerdy tech gadget). The unit went through the motions just swimmingly on auto clean.

    When I pulled the manual hose out to **** up the excess water (a caveat I was willing to accept based on reviews on websites) there was no love.

    Being a tech of various whizbang gadgetry, I went the standard motions to try and get it to function properly. Then I found this site while waiting on hold with Bissell. Sure enough, its gotta be the contact switch.

    I thought the glowing reviews throughout the web were enough to sell me on this unit. But even a brand new unit is just WAITING to fail due to this shoddy design.

    I'm returning this, and I'm not buying exchanging it. Just terrible.

  • msantos81 May 26, 2009

    Same problem. Have tried writing to Bissell support, but may just return it to Amazon, where I bought it.



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OK, so I had the same problem. I had not used the manual mode in quite a very long time. Went to use the hose the other day and nothing. Blinking light and no noise. Came here for an answer and iceray123 is on the right track.

On my bot, the switch is on the right side of the hose grip, so it's facing you when you look in the holder. It's a black, rubbery looking "teardrop".

I happened to have some electrical contact cleaner and gave it a squirt. Moved the switch in and out, working the fluid in there to clean out the gunk and the contacts.

Presto! She's hummed back to life!

If you don't have a can of contact cleaner you could possibly spray a little bit of WD-40. According to the WD-40 Job Site, it's also "A Great Contact Cleaner" **Your results may vary**

Hope this helps!
(Now back to cleaning)

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There is no reset fuse or thermo fuse that will reset the function. The reason it states in the user manual to remove the grip is because there is a button inside that slot to realease the micro switch. If that micro switch is shorted/open, then it will not activate the manual/hose cleaning function. It is not an easy fix. You have to take the machine completely apart and try to fix the contacts on the switch or replace the switch (which is easier but still not simple). Hope this helps. In the case of the other solution on here where the machine worked after a few hours is because the switches contacts somehow came together when it was avtivated it the second time. This is not umcommon for the switches the do that.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

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I also just bought one and used it on the 6 min. cycle it worked great, then the 3 min. cycle also no problem, when I tried the manual mode it just flashed the green light then went out, I tried this numerus times no luck then I had to go for dinner and a movie so I unplugged the unit from the wall plug and left the hose brush assembly laying on the carpet, after about 3 hours ( dinner and a movie ) I pressed the manual mode and it started right up, I think the system may have a reset internally, like a surge protector or something, anyway try this see if it works for you.

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