I cleaned all the hoses, removed and cleaned heater, and 'without' the main cover on everything works great, the minute I place the cover back on...it quits spraying. Followed all guidelines of where to put hoses..no kinks and ensured Smartmix piston was in place. I am baffled! Any suggestions??
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Re: Bissell doesn't work with cover on...
Did you put the piston on the bottom side of the smart mix knob? If not, put it on, then turn it slightly so it won't fall off. Just before putting the top cover on, put the smart mix knob in the water only spot, then push the top on and make sure that the knob turns back and forth ok. Secure the top down, and put the flow indicator on. Sometimes when you over tighten that cap, it doesn't want to spray right. So just snug it. If you haven't pinched any lines on the base or inside the handle, it should work. Could also be that the flow indictor cap is bad. MAke sure the gasket at the bottom of the tank is on the valve and not sitting in the hole.
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I had two problems. No water was coming out of the main unit (it was working fine via the powerbrush) and the flow indicator wasn't spinning. Because I'm out of warranty, I did two things (after trying all the options that were posted).
1. Removed the top of the main unit. There are 4 screws on the top back lid. Once you remove those, lift the back up towards the front. The front is snapped under the bottom casing. It should come up with a little pressure, but don't force it. With the top lid removed, I had to clean several of the rubber hosing by removing them and running under warm water. I actually used a long wooden skewer to scrape the grime in the tube. Make sure you do one tube at a time and replace in as it was before moving to the next one. While you are at it, make sure the 2 sprayers on the front are clean as well. They are either orange or yellow and rubber tubes also feed into the sprayers. After I finished, I replaced the lid. It it still wasn't working, so I tried step 2.
2. Remove the hose assembly from the main handle. 2 screws and 2 bolds (don't lose the nuts from the back). Once the hose assembly has been removed, then lift off the top part of the handle. Once the top is off you should be able to open the front lower part of the handle exposing the additional electrical and more rubber tubbing. In the middle is rectangular looking object. That is the water heater. If you just ran the vacuum, do NOT touch this as it will be hot. Wait for it to cool. check the connections of the rubber tubing and make sure they are clean. In my case the tube going in to the heater was all blocked up with cleaner solution. Once I cleaned that up an reassembled in reverse order, the unit worked fine.
Hope that helps you.
• tanks are not sealed into receivers • faulty auto load receiver • pinched/clogged line • defective component allowing air into system • pump not mounted so it can move freely • defective bridge rectifier • clogged heater • defective pump • defective circuit board * spray nozzles are clogged
clean all of the filters, and remove the hoses and shake them, and try to stick something all the way through the vaccuum hose (broom handle or garden hose works great) and then see if it works better. If not, be more specific.
Take out the 2 long screws with the nuts on them, then furher down just beneath the hose wrap asm, there are 2 more screws to remove. Put the top part of the handle off, lay the handle down, on the front, at the top and in the center is a tab, push it in and pull the top half of the handle away from the bottom half. Then you will see the heater, don't mix up the hoses after you are done.
Take off the 2 long screws and remove the top part of the handle. Then from the back, just undr the hose and cord wrap asm, there are 2 screws set deep in the holes to remove. Don't remove the cord and hose wrap. Then lay the handle back, at the top, in the center, there is a catch to push in, then the top half will come off and you can get to the heater. Remove the hoses, one of the hose ports maybe clogged, clean them out, sometimes stuff in them gets pretty hard and hard to clean out.
After you may want to run a mix of vinegar and water thru the system to clean it all out.(not on your carpet tho)
Set Ready Tools Dial to the Hose
Attachments Setting. This will allow spray and
suction from the hose.
Set Custom Clean Dial for Heavy Traffic, Normal
Clean, Light Clean, or Rinse, as desired
Attach the cleaning tool to the end of the hose.
Plug in and turn on the Power Switch and Heater
Clean by pressing the trigger to spray solution
onto the area to be cleaned. Slowly move the tool
back and forth over the soiled surface. Release
the trigger to suction soiled water. Continue to
clean in the area, working in small sections, until
no more dirt can be removed. Rinse (optional)
and suction as needed.
If water is spraying from the tool hose, then check the heater for a blockage. If the heater port is blocked, then the water can't flow back down to the spray nozzles, which could also be clogged. Most likely a clogged heater, it is in the handle.
My Bissell had the same problem. The hand attachment does not use heated water. So I Found a clog of calcium and dirt in the heater portion of the unit. The heater is in the handle behind the red heater light on the front. Remove the upper portion of the handle. Remove the lower two screws in the lower portion and the parts will split apart. Remove the hoses and remove the heater. (mark where the wires go) The bottom of the heater can be removed with a screwdriver. The tubes leading into the heater is where the clog was but there was a lot of debris inside Make sure to clear it all and the hoses as well. I put it together and it works great.
I'm assuming the belts are OK.... Your heater is clogged. Unplug the machine and let it sit for 30 minutes. Take the handle apart, there will be a 4 inch by 8 inch metal box inside. This is the heater. Remember I said to let the machine sit for 30 minutes? If you didn't, the heater may be EXTREMELY hot!! Disconnect the two hoses going into it, and clean the metal pieces out (that the hoses connected to) with a needle or very small drill bit. You may want to remove the 6 or 8 screws holeding the heater together and remove the cover to clean it out. Reassemble and fill both tanks with VERY hot water ONLY and run the machine to rinse the entire system.
To prevent future reoccurences... use only Bissell extraction shampoos. Never put anything in the detergent tank except shampoo. (And only water in the water tank) Mixing chemicals with anything else turns the water/detergent mix to sludge. Also, when finished shampooing, put ONLY water in both tanks, and run the machine until one of the tanks run out of solution. Doing this rinses the hose lines out and prevents hardening of the solution in the heater ports.
I've fixed these machine for years. No dispensing is almost always the heater clogged.