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Sprays soap, but not water

It will spray a good mist of soap only in the normal mode, but spays nothing at all in the "water only" mode. This applies to both the main vacuum and the tools. I changed out the pump belt in case it may have been slipping and cleaned all the filters I could find. The tank is seated properly and the o-rings are in place. I also used my finger to check the tank bottom water release valve and water comes out of the tank fine.

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The heater can get clogged. Take the silver metal plate off (seven screws) and clean it out. If it is plugged, water will not spray out the bottom.

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My Bissell is quite fussy. Sometimes I have to wiggle and push down the tank before the water will start to flow. The water doesn't flow properly if the soap container is low - I fill it with water when rinsing. It has a viewport with a red cross that turns when the water flows. Sometimes just removing that and the white filter below (and putting them back) makes it go. Mine is easy to take apart - 6 screws in the base unit and the top comes off. There are two water tubes going into the handle hinge under where the water tank goes - very easily squished or damaged. Last time the water stopped flowing, I ran it with the cover off and just fiddled around with the tubes and away it went. Maybe it is spraying soap only. The water flows up through the handle to the finger valve and heater. Some people say the heater in the upright/handle gets plugged. I haven't had that apart, but it should be easy to bypass the heater.

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