We have a 5-6 yr old spot bot we inheritied without a users manual- it doesn't seem to be spray much cleaning solution. Is there a place we can download a manual so we can try to problem solve. firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: we have a spot bot we inheritied without a users
I had the same problem, and found that the culprit was that the small filter element. about the size of a dime, that sits arount the nozzle activator (pin that depresses the clean water nozzel) was clogged with "gunk", and prevented cleaning solution from flowing into the unit.. It is easy to remove with a pair of tweezers or needle nose pliars.. rise it under water and reseat in the unit. You shoudl be aboe to perform the whole process in under a minute. This has happend to me several times... and am surprised the filter is not mentioned in the manual.
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BISSELL User's Guides can be downloaded at www.bissell.com
On the front page under Customer Service click on User's Guides and enter the model number of your unit.
User Guide will be displayed as a PDF file.
There is a very small, white water filter (approx. 3/8" in diameter/
1/8" thick) inside the "seat" where the solution tank connects to the
machine itself. Could very well be your problem if you are in a city
environment, or any other situation where hard water is present. This
is a very easy fix; discovered it when my wife experienced the exact
1) Make sure other causes have been eliminated, such as clogged nozzles, etc. (Refer to owners manual.)
2) Ensure that the solution tank is indeed seating properly with the
machine, (a few small bubbles rise from the connection once made.)
3) Remove solution tank. With needle nose pliers or a very small
screwdriver, GENTLY remove the white filter from the black, movable
"seat" connection on the machine.
4) Run the machine on manual (without the filter) to determine if this
is indeed your problem. (Don't run for an extended period of time this
way if this actually is your problem. The filter is there for a
5) Simply wash the filter gently between thumb and fore-finger.
Vinegar may be used, but simple tap water works as well. If clogged,
you should feel grainy, hard water type scale/ lyme build-up when
cleaning the filter.
6) Recycle the original filter or replace if necessary. (It would be
very easy to make a new one without going through the hassle of dealing
with OEM parts or Bissell. Just go to your local hardware store and
they should be able to help you out with no problem.)
Hi, I had the same problem ... I tried hot water for 30 minutes with no sucess ... then opened the unit and could see nothing real obvious in the solution hoses ... so took the main hose off the valve from the solution tank ... then plugged in the unit over a towel (be careful) ... and selected clean ... the valve opened and a bunch of fluid flushed through - so I knew the valve was ok. I then blew through the remaining hoses and did seem to get some flow .... and reassembeled the unit ... and filled the tank with vinegar solution ... the manual spray immediately cleared with a bunch of dark flakes ... the regular brush spray worked fine.
My problem wasn't a problem with a new unit. We have had ours over a year and it has been flawless up until a few days ago. Ours stopped pumping cleaner for both the manual hose and the automatic section. Other solutions of priming the pump described make sense, but that was not my problem. When I would press the manual hose button a very short squirt of liquid would occur and then nothing. When I looked at the receptacle for the cleaner tank on the Spot bot side, there was a gray fuzz in there. I tried cleaning that with an old toothbrush and it came right out. It was a filter of some sort. It was gray on one side, black on the other and about the size of a dime. I guess over time the filter has gotten clogged and didn't allow a full flow of liquid. I removed the filter and put the tank back in. The unit works perfectly. I am going to try to clean the filter, put it back in and see if the unit will work. If not, the filter is history.