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SpotBot: all lights flashing!

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

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  • Dave Agius Nov 21, 2007

    I have the exact same problem and got the exact same answer.

  • Mel3540 Nov 25, 2007

    i am having the same problem as the other 2 people are

  • Sarah Louise Dec 18, 2007

    This is the same as what is happening to my 3 week old machine. Got the same answer too.

  • jad1205 Apr 27, 2008

    I have the same problem. Has anyone taken it in? Is it worth having it looked at?

  • MelissaGR Apr 30, 2008

    All lights flashing, constant beep, after being turned on for only a few seconds. User's guide is useless for this problem.

  • Anonymous May 31, 2008

    Same here. This is my third SpotBot. The first one was DOA out of the box (would not spray), and Bissel replaced it. 1-1/2 years later, it stopped spraying again, so I bought a new one. 2 months later I get the all lights flashing in automatic mode. Methinks Bissell has a quality control problem.

  • Michael Aug 27, 2013

    there is a magnet in the hose behind a plate and screw, remove and inspect. water probably destroyed the magnet. replace with a strong one from a craft store. problems solved.



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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.

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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.

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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.

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I do not know if this was the reason why my machine would start up for like 3 seconds and then start beeping and flashing, but all I did was pull the plastic cord wrap part out all the way and the machine was fine!

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    Jeff Bastion Dec 19, 2015

    Mine did the exact same thing, and it was my first time ever using it so I knew it wasn't because it was dirty or any of the other suggestions. I figured I had got a bad unit and then I unwrapped the hose and it worked!Thanks for the tip :)


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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!!!!

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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 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 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.

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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.

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