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Help I removed all the part of my bissell powersteamer plus 16981, but I do not know how to place back all the water hoses/tubing.

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  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2007

    Good schematic to have . but it still does not show how to place all the tubing back. I have that problem also. Need a detail for how all the tubing is placed.

  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2007

    Need a schematic/drawing of how to place all the tubing back after disassembly. I have tried but can not get the cover to fit back on!



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This page should solve the problem

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I took my Bissell Powersteamer Powerbrush Deep Cleaner apart and i don't know if I have the hoses connected correctly.

Here's a picture of the tubing on the PowerSteamer from an overhead view. I hope this helps you putting the machine back together. I know personally how challenging this repair can be, this picture really was my Bible when I was putting back together the machine for the first time. If you have a question about a particular tube, please feel free to add a comment to the repair page, and I'll be more then happy to answer any follow up question that you may have. If this was helpful to you, please be so kind and follow the Fixya model and rate the repair helpful by clicking the 4 thumbs up icons in the top right hand corner. This is greatly appreciated.

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Did you blew thru the heater with both hoses off of it? If you did and it was clear, could be the pump, it is just working weakly. Is the top cover flush with the base in the back? If it has broken loose and has risen up, then it won't work. Here is a diagram that may help:


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I had the same problem with mine and it was an easy fix. If you remove the soap holder without putting the selector dial to "water only" you will lose the prime in the hose that goes to the water chamber. It takes a few minutes of pulling the water trigger to regain that prime, but it will come back eventually. Easiest fix, of course, is to always remember to dial to water only when you need to add cleaning solution..


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