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Spotbot is leaking...

My Spotbot is leaking. I think from either the bottom or side. After I use it there is a big soaked spot on the carpet. The solution is going fast. I use it all the time and have never had problems before....

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  • ncfm80 May 18, 2008

    The 1st Spotbot we bought leaked immediately out of the box so we returned it, figuring it was one of those things, and got another one. VERY Happy, worked great-just as expected, until recently.

    A few months ago using the manual mode resulted in a wet spot on the floor and the solution tank emptying quickly.

    More recently the same thing started happening in the "automatic" mode.

    Today it worked for a few minutes then stopped spraying or sucking-up in either mode. Makes "normal"sound for when running, but doesn't do anything but rotate brushes.


  • bethanybm Jun 20, 2008

    Used it twice and it leaks big time. I've had it only a week. Back to the store it goes.

  • sk8355 Feb 07, 2009

    I have loved my SpotBot for about a year and I half now but today it started leaking!! I will try the get the new ducks.

  • jjb13 May 10, 2009

    Two years ago we bought a spot bot. Really works well, but after you are done, it drains onto the floor/carpet from the soap/water dispenser. If you take it out and put the unit away, your fine. So about 6 weeks ago in March2009 we bought another spot bot pet unit. After a couple of uses the same problem. Again remove the soap/water container and the leaking stops. The Book is very clear that you can leave the cleaning despenser in. Good luck. design is flawed. too bad as it really works well.

  • oliviar May 19, 2009

    My spot bot worked well for the first couple of months I had it. I just got a new puppy so the last couple of weeks I've been using it a lot. Not only does it leak now but every time I run it, hose or just setting the bot on the spot, it smells like burning rubber! It's so bad it makes the whole room smell. It was a gift so I can't return it or anything. Any ideas on what could be wrong? Does it need to be cleaned? How do I do that?

  • cath301 Aug 02, 2009

    I have had it for almost a year and I loved it when I first started using it. I have 2 kids so I use it alot. One day I got it out to clean a spill up and started to use it. When I was finished using the manual(hose) setting, I picked the machine up and it left a big spot of water on the floor. Was not happy b/c I love this machine. I don't know if I should return it or get a different machine. Anyone have any suggestions?

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    jswilburn Apr 08, 2012

    I've had a couple of these - pets, kids - it's the best I've found for both. I, too, have had the leaking problem....as well as most recently - it stopped sucking. I presumed it was b/c I used an unapproved solution in it (made my own oxy-clean solution)...?? Attempts to "unstop" it were unsuccessful. Suction still works...such a shame, though....

  • Martha Feb 18, 2013

    Mine was leaking from the bottom and had no suction. I ordered a new duckbill valve and voila it works like new. Why can't Bissell add something to hold this valve in place properly?

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    husker sewvac Aug 23, 2013

    This is due to a flaw in the clean water cap. The rubber creating the seal is either ripped or warped or hardened. You can get a new cap for under 5 dollars almost anywhere and 90% of the time this will cure the issue.

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Mine constantly leaked as well but I found that if I remove the container will the solution in it after every use it doesn't leak anymore. I store my container (upright - nozzle face up) under the sink with my other cleaning products and when I need to use the machine I pull it back out, pop it in and clean.
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    husker sewvac Aug 23, 2013

    This is due to a flaw in the clean water cap. The rubber creating the seal is either ripped or warped or hardened. You can get a new cap for under 5 dollars almost anywhere and 90% of the time this will cure the issue.

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I ordered a duckbill valve from Bissell as I had leaking around the bottom, it was going through solotion like crazy and didn\'t suck up dirty water. I just installed the new valve and it works like new. Bissell should figure out a better way to hold this valve in place.

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The hose connection inside the machine has probably become detached from all the vibration. I opened up the machine from the bottom (lots of screws to turn and remove), reattached the hose and now my machine works perfectly, no more leaks.

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I found that our spot bot would leak after three cycles.. If you dump out the dirty tank after each cleaning and carefully and firmly replace the tank [I also remove the clean tank, and set it upright but probably not ness. ] it should work as it is supposed to work. By the way, I love the spot bot it cleans wonderfully!!

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Mine is several years old and I've used it a lot. Recently I discovered that the floor was wet after I refilled the clean water tank. The plastic gasket on the inside of the clean water tank cap had a small split. Since then, I've made sure that the cap is on extra tight and haven't had a problem since. I leave water in the tank all of the time so that it's ready for the next spill. A new cap can be purchased from many places for $3-$4 dollars but I'm waiting until I need several parts just to make the shipping worth while.

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I just noticed the same problem with mine.
I looked carefully over the entire machine and found that the plastic lever which snaps over the top of the recovery tank is a bit loose.This cover has to be a tight fit. I discovered a little plastic part on the machine, and under the snap cover to be broken. This is supposed to lock the cover tight against the recovery tank to create the suction needed to extract the water from the floor. Hopefully I can take the machine to a service dept and :HOPE: that bissell has a new and improved replacement part. Otherwise I'll have to get creative and make some ugly modifications.

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We wound up getting a replacement unit as the "old" one was still within warranty period.

I have found that if the SpotBot is used once or twice there is no problem.
If the unit is used more than twice in a short period it starts to leave wet spots. This leads me to believe that it must always leak within the housing, but remains "contained" and only becomes evident after several successive "cycles" of use.

Bottom line, I believe, is that it should be used as the name suggests - on a spot or two, or one spot twice. Any more than that you should use a larger steamer or shampooer, upright (like the vacuum) style.

Just my thoughts.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009

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    Actually you can use these for 8 hours a day if need be. There is just an issue with the clean water side cap.

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I just received and installed a replacement duckbill gasket in the dirty tank because I lost suction/had leaking, and found to be missing the gasket. Leaking now gone, suction minimal though. Normally water sprays into the dirty tank, now it just kinda dribbles, leaving the floor fairly wet.everything else checks ok. I even took the nozzle off the hose and sucked down a couple glasses of hot water, and it worked amazingly well, and flushed hairball from system. Checking vacuum nozzles next...

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  • pulsev2 May 19, 2010

    Just installed fresh duckbill gasket. Was missing the original from the dirty tank base. Had leaking, no suction. Now I have no leaking but minimal suction, leaving the floor very damp/wet. Everything else checks ok. Used the hose to **** down a few glasses of hot water and I flushed a hairball from the system, and suction worked excellent. Reconnected hose and ran a cycle and the suction is still lacking. Water normally sprays into the dirty tank, now it just dribbles. Checking vacuum nozzles next. AArrrggh

  • Tho Mas Feb 18, 2018

    Me too....put in a NEW duckbill and I get the water dribble effect. Collected dirty water used to wash and flow down the inside of recovery tank. Now it just sort of dribbles. This happened before when I thought I'd lost the duckbill and had to order a new one. That duckbill also resulted in weak water suction. Fortunately I then found the original which I put back in and got good results. So. I've tried two new duckbills with same results each causing weak vacuuming, water dribble and wet carpet. I'm thinking defective duckbills as in not thick enough to correctly seal between recovery tank and unit.

  • pulsev2 Feb 19, 2018

    I no longer mess with the spotbot at all. Found myself playing games with highly unsanitary pieces too often. Moved onto Rug Doctor. Well worth it. Commercial grade parts!

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Either the "duck valve" on the dirty water tank or the clean water tank valve (in the screw top) are leaking. you can buy either or both from bissell for a few bucks.

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