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I recently had my vaccum "tuned up". Supposedly they checked it out, replaced the beater bar, but when I got it home there was almost no suction on the portion that swept the floor. Suction for the removable top part was great but somewhere bewteen the removable hand vac and the floor sweeping part it lost almost all suction. Any help you can suggest would be great! I took it back to the vacuum repair shop but since it could pick rice krispies off the floor they insisted that there was no problem. Uchk!

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Hi gbenintendi,

This issue might be caused by different factors. And I'll give you some basic checking and troubleshooting that you may try to do to address the issue of having a low or almost no suction on the lower part of your machine.

1. First thing, check the dirt cup to make sure it is empty.

2. Your vacuum has 3 filters. Check out for debris on the inner and outer circular filters in the filter cup and the post-motor filter on the front of the machine. Also don't forget to check the upper-tank louvers. They may be removed and rinsed. Dirty filters will restrict air flow. To clean the filters:

  • It can be hand washed in cold water with mild detergent. Make sure to
3. Consider also on checking for good suction at the end of the upholstery hose with handle. If there's good suction, ensure this end of the hose is firmly pressed into the lower hose outlet on the back of the vacuum. Also check to ensure the brush is rotating. If it is not, remove the plate on the bottom of the vacuum by the two tabs and check the belt and clean the roller of debris and dirt. If the lower hose is clogged, remove the hose with handle and clean this hose.

4. If there is NOT good suction at the end of the hose with handle, remove the hose by twisting it off the back of the machine and check for suction on the vacuum. If the suction power is good, check the hose for cracks or splits and using a broomstick handle, push any dirt or debris through the hose.

Your problem may be something as simple as a broken drive belt or a filled dirt container. If you continue to experience low suction with your vacuum, please take your machine to a local BISSELL Authorized Service Center.

Hope it helps.

Thank you for using Fixya.

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