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My Hoover F5912-900 SteamVac with spin scrub leaks out the bottom as soon as I put the water tank on. How do I repair this? Is there a part I can buy and repair it myself? I'm very good at mechanical repairs.

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  • pschlauch Sep 04, 2010

    You didn't really address the problem. The problem is that when I put the tank on the machine, the water leaks out the bottom around the brushes. Not after using--in fact, I can't use it at all, because the water leaks out the bottom. I checked the hoses--they don't leak--I took it apart and put it back together. I couldn't find a reason for the water to leak out. I think there may be a mechanical part having to do with the flow buttons that causes this problem. Have you heard of this problem before?

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I cannot see what the other expert suggested as the site doesn't allow it.I would like a little better description please but I will take a guess at what is normal procedure.I guess the water tank is already full and when you turn on the switch for water,excessive amount comes out?Or if the machine is just sitting there,when you attach the water tank to start to use,water comes out without turning it on.You said you took it apart too.The bottom end attaches to a tube or some type of valve control I would say.If the water flows out as if nothing is there,maybe almost a gush,the valve is probably stuck open.Another possibility could be that if the valve is controlled by an electronic component,that may be telling it to stay open.I checked out Hoover parts for your model but it wasn't very helpful.If I could see what they are,it would immensely help to figure it out.There may be a rubber seal or gasket at the bottom of the water tank,if the leak is slow it could be that.You said it is practically unuseable though so that is not likely.If you can remove the panel to the output end of the tank,you should be able to see what the valve is doing.There are all kinds of safety features probably so everything else will probably need to be in place to try and see what's going on during operation.Like I said though,I cannot tell if the unit is on or just when you attach the tank with it off when it leaks.Please let me know about that.When you reply to this post I will get an auto link.Thanks,Greg

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Here is an excerpt from Amazon.com:
There are some things to keep in mind.

Try to use near boiling hot water (or a mixture of near boiling water and hot water from the faucet) - you will get a more efficent clean. Pour in the shampoo AFTER you put the water in the container - otherwise you'll get a slew of foam instead of being able to fill it with water to its highest level.

Afterwards, the things always leak some (maybe if you pay $400, it's not a problem) so as soon as you finish, take it outside and start to disassemble the thing. Then dump out the dirty water and hose off the dirty water container. If you can leave it outside for a while to let it dry as it will still drip a little.

Google mentioned that there is an air-release valve that will help with this problem. Here's the article from Google:
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Itprevents overflow of the process fluid as atank is being filled while .... After air is expelled, water again enters the body and forces the float to close the valve. ... you a leak-resistant, high point vent that fits just about anywhere. ... Hoover F5912 900 SteamVac TurboPower 5200 Steam Vacuum Carpet Cleaner ...
www.thefind.com/appliances/info-air-release-vacuum-valves - Cached However, when I went to read more about it, I saw a page with various models, none of which mentioned being compatible with the Hoover, although they all may be. Perhaps you could call a Vacuum Repair Shop and talk to them about this valve, and hopefully be directed to the right part. Good luck, hope this helps, and thanks for using FixYa.

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