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Kirby Shampoo system not dispensing foam

My carpet shampoo system is not dispensing foam like normal. Both filters are clean and in place and everything is hooked up right. I watched the video multiples times. Could it be something to do with the tank?

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Few possible causes

1. Valve under the sponge (water tank) is clogged. Replacement HERE.
2. Tray is now lowered all the way down.
3. You use non-foamy solution.
4. Carpet is very dirty so foam gets broken up very fast

Hope this helps,
Rocky

Posted on Sep 19, 2009

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