It will spray a good mist of soap only in the normal mode, but spays nothing at all in the "water only" mode. This applies to both the main vacuum and the tools.
I changed out the pump belt in case it may have been slipping and cleaned all the filters I could find. The tank is seated properly and the o-rings are in place. I also used my finger to check the tank bottom water release valve and water comes out of the tank fine.
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Re: Sprays soap, but not water
My Bissell is quite fussy. Sometimes I have to wiggle and push down the tank before the water will start to flow. The water doesn't flow properly if the soap container is low - I fill it with water when rinsing.
It has a viewport with a red cross that turns when the water flows. Sometimes just removing that and the white filter below (and putting them back) makes it go.
Mine is easy to take apart - 6 screws in the base unit and the top comes off. There are two water tubes going into the handle hinge under where the water tank goes - very easily squished or damaged. Last time the water stopped flowing, I ran it with the cover off and just fiddled around with the tubes and away it went.
Maybe it is spraying soap only. The water flows up through the handle to the finger valve and heater. Some people say the heater in the upright/handle gets plugged. I haven't had that apart, but it should be easy to bypass the heater.
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These units are known to clog, the water left in from the last use can harden right where the water sprays out. Try using a pin or needle to clean away the harden water. See also if the spay trigger can come apart for a thorough cleaning.
Clogging of the pump that sprays water/cleaning solution is very common in Hoover and Bissell Steam Vacs. Try running a cycle of 1part vinegar or CLR to 3 parts warm, distilled water through the vacuum pumps. The heads get clogged with soap and the water pumps get clogged at the opening of the flash heater due to minerals in hard water. If you want to extend the life of your steam vac, don't use the heater unless you are using distilled water. This can get expensive, so I recommend not using the heater.
Thanks to many others who have posted on similar problems -- water
and/or solution sprays through the handheld tools, but not through the
As others have suggested, I removed the water
reservoir, which exposes the 2 main water sprays mounted above the
rollers. Using, pliers, I carefully slid the clips back. Gently but
firmly removed the two red nozzles.
Elsewhere I have read
suggestions to just do one nozzle at a time. However, I found out that
if you remove both red nozzles, you can then blow through one side and
it will come out the other. In my case, that dislodged a nice
collection of crystal-like chunks (guessing it may be crystallized
residue from the cleaning solution).
There was also a bit of
blockage in one of the red nozzles, which I cleaned out. Make sure you
can blow through both of them with little resistance.
Push red nozzles back into hoses. Using pliers, reposition sprung clip
back over the red nozzle. Snap nozzles back into place. Refill tanks
and power it up.
In my case, that resolved the problem of no sprays from the main machine. Sprays like new now. Hope yours does too!! d
I think the instructions should have the user rinse the solution passage with water. The soap probably clogged your spray nozzles. I had the same problem, I used a toothpick to poke to hole open again. The solution sprays only. I can't figure out why the water is not spraying out though.
These are two different problems the first could be a clogged heater soap coagulates in the heater passages and clogs the flow of water to see if this is indeed the problem turn the unit on and try and spray water with the top trigger (floor nozzle) then try to spray at the hand nozzle if you get water at the hand nozzle but not the floor nozzle it is the heater. The hand nozzle water bypasses the heater. Also check the solution or soap tank if you pull it out and there is not red seal on the bottom it may be stuck in the machine and won't create a good seal check to see if it is still in the hole where the tank inserts. As for the unit not turning on that could be a number of issues cord,switch or just over heated. Visit www.stevessewandvac.com for any parts or questions about this machine or any other.
This could be due to dried out soap in the works below the dispenser. Try cleaning the hole, putting plain water in the soap dispenser to clean it out further.
You could just put some soap in with the water. Be sure to run lots of rinse water through afterward to clean out the heating unit.