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Bissell Carpet Cleaner Not Working

The Bissell Company is known world-wide for producing a fine line of carpet cleaning products that clean both carpets and wood floors. After spending a lot of money on a Bissell Carpet Cleaner, it is indeed upsetting and frustrating when your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not working.

If your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not working, first check the pump belt. You can find this on the right side of the carpet cleaner. Check for Belt Access. Take a flathead screwdriver to push on the slots of the belt to see if the belt is intact and functional.

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If the belt looks good, then check out the brush. Make sure that nothing has become stuck in the brush. Take the brush off from the outer housing by unscrewing two screws on either side of the housing. Check to see if the brush is either bent or if it appears worn out.

Bissell Carpet Cleaner Not Cleaning

If your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not cleaning, this could spell disaster for your family’s health. Luckily, there are several quick steps you can take to solve this unpleasant issue.

If your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not working and is not cleaning, check to see if the brushes are turning. Turn the machine off and unplug it. Look for any obstructions in the area of the brushes. Put the carpet cleaner in an upright position and remove both tanks.

Take off the nozzle along with the brush chamber cover. Press the button to recline and put the carpet cleaner onto its back. At this point, check for any signs of broken belts. Use a flathead screwdriver to access the belt access door.

Lift it up to remove the belt access door. Now, take off the wheel that is located by the belts. Turn the carpet cleaner onto its side. Use a Phillips screwdriver and unscrew the screw that is under the wheel.

Then, go ahead and slide the wheel down so that you can take it off. Now, lay the carpet cleaner back down onto its back and, using the Phillips screwdriver, take out the screw that is on the brush roll end cap.

At this point, you should be able to see if the gear belt has torn or is completely disengaged. You can remove the belt and take the brush rolls off of the posts and replace them.

When you put the new brush rolls back on, make sure that the metal posts holding them go directly through the ends of the brush rolls.

You will see the bristles of the brush roll in a V-shaped pattern and the brush rolls should be in alignment with the belt that is at the opposite end. Then, put the belt and end cap back together with the same screws that you took off earlier.  

If you find that the flat belt is broken, it will need to be replaced. Make sure to remove the gear belt first before taking off the flat belt. Now put the carpet cleaner back onto its back and carefully thread the new flat belt around the red pulley.

Now stretch the flat belt around the metal axle and put the wheel back up into the slot and screw it into place as before.

Bissell Carpet Cleaner Not Dispensing Soap

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When you have a Bissell Carpet Cleaner you can easily clean up any type of spill or pet stains. If your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not dispensing soap, you lose this ability to clean your carpet rapidly. Troubleshooting of common causes of this problem can quickly and easily solve this issue.

If your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not working and not dispensing soap, turn the carpet cleaner off. Take the water tank off from the carpet cleaner. Make sure the water tank is full. Tilt the carpet cleaner backwards and check out the bottom of it for any debris issues.

Raise the Carpet Cleaner back up and put the water tank back into its place. Turn the machine back on and let it run for 60 seconds. Now, press and release the trigger one time to prime the pump so that you can use it right away.

Bissell Carpet Cleaner Not Spraying Water

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If your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not spraying sufficient water, it could result from the nozzle being clogged up with debris. It could also be due to leakage from the water tanks.

If your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not working and is not spraying water, remove all the hoses from the heater and be sure to clean them well. Take out any clogs from hair or grime particles. Check the nozzles to see if they have any clogs. Use a long cotton swab to clean out the housing.

Take the cleaning tank off from the Bissell Carpet Cleaner. Put it back in to make sure it fits snugly. If it does not fit exactly, it will prevent water from entering the carpet cleaner. Look at the Siphon Tube that is in the tank to make sure it is not compressed between the water tank and the carpet cleaner wall.

Go ahead and tilt the handle of the carpet cleaner in a downward direction and let it rest on the floor. Look at the bottom of the carpet cleaner and take out any stray carpet fibers or clumps of hair that might have become stuck in the water nozzles.

Now push downward on the nozzle cover in the direction of the carpet cleaner’s wheels to take it off. Pull up the spray tip to take it off. 

For about five minutes, soak the spray tip in warm water to clean out any clogs from the holes in the nozzles. Then, use a dry towel to dry the nozzle tip. Now put it and the nozzle tip cover back on to the carpet cleaner.

Fill the water tank up to the fill line. Also, fill up the dirty water tank to the maximum fill line with clean water. Now, plug the carpet cleaner back in and turn it back on. Then press on the trigger for about one minute to propel water throughout the entire carpet cleaner system.

Bissell Carpet Cleaner Not Spinning

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If your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not spinning, it usually means that there is some level of trapped debris or hair that is obstructing the brushes. If you carefully clean this area out, it should solve your problem.

If your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not working and is not spinning, check to see if the brushes are spinning. Turn the carpet cleaner off and then unplug it. Take off the front nozzle by picking up the hose access door and then rinse the nozzle off along with the brush roll cover under running water.

 Use the Nozzle Clean Out Tool to clean out any trapped debris and hair and then put the front nozzle back into the Bissell Carpet Cleaner.

Bissell Carpet Cleaner Not Suctioning/Picking Up Water

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If your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not suctioning or picking up water, it is creating havoc and is basically useless to you. This issue may result from some type of obstruction that is preventing water from being picked up normally. Oftentimes, the problem originates in some type of large debris clogging up and obstructing the normal brush roll rotation.

If your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not working and is not suctioning or picking up water, check to see that the tanks are properly fitting in their place. Empty out the dirty water tank if it is filled up to the top fill line. Check the water level in the clean water tank and fill it if need be.

Also, make sure that the accessory hose door is tightly closed. Take the nozzle off from the foot area and  then lift up the accessory hose door along with the nozzle. Use the nozzle cleanout tool to clean the nozzle out of all pet hair or debris. Put the nozzle back in its proper place and then be sure to have the 3 hooks lined up at the bottom of the foot area of the carpet cleaner.

Now, lift the nozzle up into its original position and be sure to close the accessory hose door.

Also, be sure to check that the Vacuum Suction Knob is turned to  position where Floor Suction is indicated.

Bissell Carpet Cleaner Not Drying

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If your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not drying, it is indeed disconcerting. Luckily, this problem can be readily addressed by refilling the water tank and resetting the Red Trap Door.

If your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not working and is not drying, turn the front dial to Floor Cleaning or to Tools, which are the two settings to pick up liquids from the floor. Put the tank back onto the carpet cleaner. Check to see that the tank lip is attached to the nozzle in the front area.

Now, push the handle down to the floor to lock it back into position. Check to see if the tank is filled up with dirty water. After the Red Trap Door is closed, you will need to refill the tank. Go ahead and turn the carpet cleaner on and then off to have the red door reset.

If you find that it does not reset, lift the tank handle up to take it off. Take the top half off from the bottom half and then carefully pour out the dirty water. Fill the tank again with clean hot water. Close the latch on the top and then put the tank back into the carpet cleaner.

Bissell Carpet Cleaner Won’t Turn On

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If you are expecting important company and your Bissell Carpet Cleaner won’t turn on, it is an outright emergency. Usually, this is from several possible causes which can be determined through careful troubleshooting.

If your Bissell Carpet Cleaner is not working and won’t turn on, check the hose end and the cleaning tool end for any clogs. Look inside the dirt water tank stack for obstructions. Clean out clogs. Keep the carpet cleaner in an unplugged state for about 30 minutes. Test the carpet cleaner again.