Question about Bissell SpotBot Robotic Wet/Dry Vacuum
I've owned a SpotBot for a year now, and have loved it. I haven't used it for a month or so, and tried using it today. In both the "set-in stain" and "surface stain" modes, which I use all the time, the machine will run for abut 5 seconds, and then it will stop and all of the lights on the machine flash. If I use the machine in manual mode, which is not the way I want to go, it doesn't do this. I tried calling the 800 line but got the standard "you'll need to take it in" reply. Does anyone have any ideas? Many thanks! Michele
Per the manual, periodically you should clean the rubber lining in the
dirty water tank(it comes out). I found mine a little dirty, but after
cleaning it, it solved my 'all lights flashing' problem.
Posted on Jun 07, 2008
There is a small magnet in the end of the suction hose. It may need to be replaced. If you could hold a small strong magnet over where it would sit when the hose is clicked in that would tell you if replacing it will help. I don't know how contact cleaner did anything for the poster above. It is a sealed magnetic switch, which is the safest way when working around water.
Posted on Dec 20, 2012
Had same problem as stated. Defaulted into manual mode when switched on with suction hose plugged into base. If you stopped it and pressed either auto modes it ran 5 sec and stopped with beeping and all led's flasing in sync.
I used electro-contact cleaner spraying with small tube attached to can spray nozzle. You can purchase this from Radio Shack or Auto Zone.
First I unplugged Spotbot from electric outlet. Then I sprayed into opening around all the buttons on panel and also the switch just inside suction hose connector tube on base where you have it for auto functions.
I waited 10 minutes before plugging Spotbot back in to let contact cleaner evaporate. Working fine now all modes. I believe the switch inside to suction hose holder on base could have been doused in disconnecting and seal there around switch may be less than effective, you could do that switch first and move on to control panel buttons if first switch cleaning does not correct the malfunction.
Posted on Jul 04, 2008
No drama here. I called the 800 # and was given the name of the service center. I read the posts here and tried the wand mode. That worked fine. I replaced the hose making sure that the hose was securely clicked into its place and it now the automatic features work like a champ!!!!
Posted on May 13, 2016
I shook it a little and kept on pushing resume, and it started working. There was something in the house and it cleared on the process.
Posted on Jan 10, 2015
After a somewhat messy "not pee" stain. I found the dirty water gasket clogged as well. I then cleaned that out but found that it still flashed after a couple of seconds...so I just kept hitting resume/pause for about 10 times. In my case it seemed like the vacume line was clogged and after the 10th time it must have cleaned itself out and is working agin. (now there was at least some waste water flowing into the tank so it wasn't a complete clog...so you might want to check the hose and make sure there isn't a major clog. But for those extreamly messy stains I might want to start manual or at least make sure there is no real solids to clean before I set it on automatic mode.
Posted on Jun 12, 2008
One thing is this unit has a 1 year warranty, so if less, then take it in for repair. Make sure that any filter on it is clean, and hose and tanks are in place. The circuit board may be bad and isn't a replacement part, at least it isn't listed on the parts list in the manual.
Posted on Feb 14, 2008
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