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The clip that connects the water base to the top of the suction area broke off..where can I get a replacement base (the part where you put the water in and has the bag where you also store the dirty water)? I have a Bissell proheat 2x

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Here is the number for Bissell, they can tell you who to contact near you.
Service Center Dept. Phone Number:
(800) 457-1509

Service Center Dept. Fax Number:
(800) 517-9535

Hours:
M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

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As you probably have learned the hard way, as I did, it's VERY important to do a lot of cleaning of the Bissell after each use, more than the manual tells you to do. Clean the bottom of the unit. Empty all the water. Thoroughly rinse out both water container pieces. Unscrew the three clear plastic pieces, one in front, two on the sides, that surround the brushes, and rinse them thoroughly in water. Clean off the brushes and all the lint and gunk around and above the brushes. (A water spray bottle and toothbrush are helpful here.) Tip the machine and blow all the water out of the hole in the base. Release the red clip springs on the red water sprayers and blow on them. Doing this will slow the failure of the Bissell. It's a great little machine for the money, but it does have a learning curve and need more pampering than a vacuum cleaner, doesn't it??

Good luck!

Mar 09, 2008 | Vacuums

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