Question about Bissell Vacuums
The check valve on the bottom of the bladder wasn't going deep enough into the recepticle on the base of the unit; the valve wasn't opening, and the pump was sucking from a dead end. (It WOULD pull soap from the small tank, but not the main bladder reservoir.) I cut a 3/4" piece of a disposable ball-point pen cap, to ride over the rod in the center of the recepticle. Long enough to push the valve open, but short enough that the tank assembly sat down on the base. If the rod is too long, it will push the whole tank up, and break the vacuum seal at the forward edge. Evidently this thing was designed to a tight tolerance, and just a little aging/distortion of the plastic reservoir base was just enough to keep the valve from being pushed open!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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- Check to see if the machine will spray through the hose with the setting on tools. If it does, the pump is fine. Continue troubleshooting.
- Check for debris on spray tips. Clean them with a soft brush (on old tooth brush works well). The spray tips may be lifted out for easier access.
- Ensure the tank lid is properly attached to the bottom of the tank. To attach this properly, remove the Water Tank from the machine. Hook the front window onto the lip of the bottom container and then allow the window with lid to cover the complete tank. Secure the latch on the back of the bottom tank to the back of the tank lid. THE TANK LID CANNOT BE ATTACHED PROPERLY IF THE BOTTOM TANK IS ALREADY INSTALLED IN THE MACHINE.
- Check the bottom of the Water Tank and the Formula Tank to make sure each has a red auto-load gasket attached. Make sure the Water Tank and the Formula Tank are seated properly. Depress the x on this gasket to ensure this depresses and release back out. Liquid from the tank should dispense.
- Remove the handle completely and re-attach. Once the handle is re-attached, re-attempt to spray.
If the machine continues to not spray, check the following:
REMOVE THE COLLECTION TANK:
• Make sure the unit is set to water rinse
• Remove the smart mix bottle and fill it with water only
• Place the smart mix bottle into the collection tank reservoir
• Run the unit and try to spray. If the machine sprays, you will be able to see the water level decreasing in the smart mix bottle and you will need to replace the bottom tank. It is possibly warped.
If these suggestions do not resolve the issue contact BISSELL Consumer Services at...
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