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There are a few things that can cause a Bissell carpet cleaner to not dispense water. First thing to check is the belts if your machine is a Pro Heat. The flat belt goes around the motor shaft and the pump. As the motor runs it spins the pump. This is a stretch belt and stretch belts should be replaced at least once or twice per year to work properly as they will lose elasticity even if the machine has never been turned on. The first thing to check is to see if water will spray from the upholstery tool. If it sprays but you still get no water at the floor jets then check and clean the jets to insure they are not clogged. Getting water from the upholstery tool means the pump is working ok. If not, make sure the water tank and soap tank are not empty. Even if the water tank is full make sure the soap tank is full too. I would suggest NOT putting any soap in the soap tank because that is what causes most of the problems. Put plain tap water in the soap tank and try the machine again. Hold the trigger down giving it plenty of time to flush out any air bubbles and/or soap from the pump and the lines. If you still can't get any water from to the floor jets the most likely problem is the heater is clogged with mineral deposits or soap gunk. When a machine sits in the closet for months the soap in the lines coagulates and will clog things up. Which is why if you want the machine to work for a long time NEVER put soap in it. To do a better job of cleaning put your soap and hot water into a sprayer and use this solution to pre-condition the carpets. Pre-conditioning gives the soap and hot water a chance to dissolve the gunk in your carpets, then use fresh hot water in the machine to flush the soap and dirt from your carpets. Your machine will last longer and your carpets will be cleaner and stay clean longer because you rinsed out the soap. If you try this method you will be amazed how much cleaner your carpets will be. If you need to clean the heater you will need to separate the handle assembly by removing all the screws. First make sure the machine is unplugged. You'll have to figure out which screws need to come out, it's not too tough. The heater is inside the handle. Look at how it comes apart so you will know how to put it back together. The heater is the silver metal thing with wires and hoses. Remove the screws that hold the cover on being sure not to lose any of the tiny red gaskets. Remove the cover and clean the soap or mineral deposits from the heater core, put the cover back on and put it back together and it should work fine. To keep it from getting clogged again simply make sure you use soft water if minerals were the problem and never put soap in the machine.
I just repaired my Bissell 8960 no spray from the base or the flex hose nozzel. Tried to find a diagram or service manual online but no luck. I removed the 2 jets that spray on the brushes and
there was small pieces of silt that would plug them up. only used this unit twice before but it's been
sitting in the basement for a year. anyways ending up takeing the unit all apart. All of the items you
need to get to are in the base not in the handle sections (except of course the spray switch) I put the whole thing on my large work bench to make it easier to work on. If you do take it apart make sure to take alot of pictures or you may not get it back together again. I labeled the hoses with different colored tape and was glad I did.The main problem was the 700 watt heater that is in the very bottom of the base. it was filled with white specs of silt. the heater can be removed and opened up so you can wash it out with a water and a brush. We have city water here thats supposed to be pretty good but know I know why the wife uses distilled water in her iron. Thats what I will be useing from now on in the Bissell..
!!!! YOU SHOULD USE DISTILLED WATER ONLY !!!!!
If your unit is heating up but not making steam.
And If your unit is not to clogged up to much! CLR or vinegar in the tank (pump a few times) and letting it sit over night may help. But it didn't work for me.
So I decided to take the entire thing apart, I mean everything! I don't recommend doing this, it was not easy to get back together and I'm a repair man. I cleaned all the mineral deposits from the heater using sand paper, it was that built up with deposits. Any deposits left behind will surely clog it up again. I unscrewed the small valve on the heater and used a small hat pin to Polk out all the mineral deposits that build up in the valve and the tap it was screwed into. The valve is where the steam comes out. I now could get air to flow through the valve. So I put it all back together. 2 1/2 hours later and it worked. Let me say, it was not fun putting this thing back together. So if you use tap water it will clog up the workings. Distilled Water will not leave minerals behind to clog it up. Hope this helps.
It's clogged with minerals. Result from using tap water.
USE DISTILLED WATER ONLY
If your unit is heating up but not making steam.
And If your unit is not to clogged up! CLR or vinegar in the tank (pump a few times) and letting it sit over night may help. But it didn't work for me.
So I decided to take the entire thing apart, I mean everything! I don't recommend doing this unless your mechanical inclined, it was not easy to get back together and I'm a repair man. I cleaned all the mineral deposits from the heater using sand paper, it was that built up with deposits. Any deposits left behind will surely clog it up again, so I gave it a good rinse before reassembling it. I unscrewed the small valve on the heater and used a small hat pin to Polk out all the mineral deposits that build up in the valve and the tap it was screwed into. The valve is where the steam comes out. I now could get air to flow through the valve. So I put it all back together. 2 1/2 hours later and it worked. Let me say, it was not fun putting this thing back together. So if you use tap water it will clog up the workings. Distilled Water will not leave minerals behind to clog it up. Hope this helps.
I had the same problem. I took the whole thing apart and cleaned all the lines, water heater, brushes, etc. After putting it together the tools sprayed great and the side sprayers but the water tank would not allow the water out. THEN I saw this. http://www.bissell.com/FAQDetail.aspx?id=1122 and I was finally able to figure it out. So what I found out was that the water tank gasket was damage. lol
Hello Click HERE toget the manual. Go to figure 3.1 and clean the filter if necessary. Goto figure 3.8 and make sure pate E is clear. Make sure the part isslides up against when inserted downward is clear. Go to figure 3.11.The slotted holes in the recovery tank lid must be clear. Finally therecovery tank lid must fit snugly and air tight. I hope this works
E-mail me for the parts manual (firstname.lastname@example.org)then do the following.
Go to figure 3.1 and clean the filter if necessary. Goto figure 3.8 and make sure pate E is clear. Make sure the part isslides up against when inserted downward is clear. Go to figure 3.11.The slotted holes in the recovery tank lid must be clear. Finally therecovery tank lid must fit snugly and air tight. I hope this works
http://www.geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=618960&thid=548073 Where do i put the soap? Posted by dopaMEAN on Apr 26, 2008
I have a Bissell Dirt Lifter that has the giant clear store compartment that you supposedly put the water in? Do i mix the soap in with the water in this compartment or is there another location where i add the soap.. We have looked the machine over and see no other place to really put the soap... will it ruin the machine if we just add the soap with the water in the detachable compartment?
Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. According to your description you do mix the water with the Bissell soap in order to dispense the solution onto the spot, it will not ruin the machine if you mix the water and soap together. You may want to refer to your owner’s manual and check out the trouble shooting guide for no water coming out. You may want to contact the factory or manufacturer to see if they have service tech support or to send out a new owner’s manual for your current model #. So if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions. http://www.bissell.com/By Phone Customer Service: (800) 237-7691 Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. ET Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET Don – The Vac Man Go Ahead.Use Us.
I finally got my steamvac F5914-900 suction to work after I read someone review about it on amazon. Here is what that person suggested for suction problem and to my surprise it worked.
1. Any time you aren't getting suction, the first thing to do is check the dirty water bin. I re-seated the thing about ten times this morning, trying to figure out why suction on the unit had ceased. (The dirty water tank was bone dry.) I was frustrated because I was absolutely sure everything was seated properly, but was still getting no suction.
Finally, I pushed on the lid from the _sides_ rather than the back or front while attaching it to the tank, and it seated a little bit differently. Suction was restored!
2. To clean out the suction area, pour some hot water on a tile floor (NOT wood) and **** it up. Repeat until everything is flowing smoothly. Sometimes, reduced or minimal suction is due to gnarly clogs. Again, though, if you're getting NO suction, the culprit is probably the dirty water bin's lid. I hope this helps.