Bissell 1697-7 Powersteamer Pro Deluxe Vacuum

How to Identify and Fix Common Vacuum Problems ?

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Plug the PowerSteamer into a proper outlet and turn ON the Power switch. While pressing the trigger, slowly make several passes over the area to be cleaned. Caution: Do not overwet. Turn the machine Power switch OFF and let BISSELL Advanced Deep Cleaning Formula dissolve the tough soil for 1-2 minutes.
There may be too much foam building up within – be sure to use the recommended amount of formula as indicated on the clean tank. Also be sure to use the proper CrossWave formula (not portable or upright cleaning formulas)
The vacuum hose is the component most likely to spring a leak. Hoses get stretched farther than they should, or they become brittle and crack. To find a leak, run your fingers over the surface of the hose. You may be able to feel a bump, a rough spot, or a slit that is allowing air to leak out.
Just empty the water out of the tank after each use. Doing so will prevent leaking and extend the life of your filter.
On page 3 of the User`s Guide it plainly states: “Never put descaling , aromatic, alcoholic or detergent products into the steam cleaner, as this may damage it or make it unsafe for use.” White vinegar is considered a “descaling” product.
We recommend using distilled or demineralized water in place of tap water. Do not use any chemicals in the water tank.
A leaking pipe is one of the most common reasons that a carpet might be consistently and regularly getting damp. Pipes are a facet of a property that are always in use, and if they have fallen into disrepair then it may well mean you will have a damp related issue on your hands soon enough.
An optional step that we recommend if you have time is to go back over the cleaned carpet again with only hot tap water in the tank (no formula this time). This will remove any leftover formula and give your carpets an extra clean.
Just empty the water out of the tank after each use. Doing so will prevent leaking and extend the life of your filter.

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How to stop leaking fro bottom of machine – Bissell 1697-7 Powersteamer Pro Deluxe Vacuum
ANSWER : I’ve fixed these before and it’s not easy. Your leak is a tear on the flexible hose that goes from the suction take-up body to the upright handle. Tape will temp. fix it, but you have to cut off the bad piece and re-attach it if you want a permanent repair.

Dirt devil vacuum cleaner–trouble vacuuming dirt and pet hair on carpeting –is the problem with the spinning brush which contacts the floor,  not contacting the carpeting??  I thought (when I bought this vacuum) that the aforementioned brush was adjustable to various heights of carpeting.  Sometimes, it seems like nothing is being vacuumed up –unless I have just put a new bag on the vacuum… Do I need or can I replace the spinning brush on the bottom of the vacuum so it kicks up and vacuums
ANSWER : Try replacing the belt. Rubber belts stretch out after about a year.

I purchased a brand new Eureka Pet vacuum, sorry don’t know exact name but it the one that has the self cleaning duster on it. Last night I used the vacuum on my carpet, it was working fine until I accidently sucked up the corner of a scarf that was hanging off a couch. I shut the vacuum off, pulled out the scarf and and resumed vacuuming. Much to my dismay the suction on the vacuum had ceased. Can you tell me if there is a reset button on the vacuum? The vacuum does not appear to be damage
ANSWER : If the motor is running, there should be suction. Possible problems depend on whether it’s a canister or upright and are:
.A clog in the hose, UR or canister. Detach hose. Drop small coin in one end and lift hose causing it to roll out the other. If it does, no clog in hose. Drop same coin into hose opening on power head. If it rolls out, no clog in PN.
.Broken fan blades, UR. Needs to be taken to shop for repair/replacement.
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.A reset button is for use if the motor isn’t running, so won’t have anything to do with the suction.

My pro bissell heat leaks.
ANSWER : The pop sound was an electrical component blowing inside the vacuum, probably one of the capacitors on the motor control board.

Water is not leaking from the tank, water is getting released because the motor is not generating enough power to aspire it into the tank.

The unit must be taken apart to find the leaking or bulged capacitor, and replace it.

Won’t start. My son was using the vacuum & Didn’t change the bag. The vacuum was making the full bag smell, but the light was’t on & it didn’t stop. I stopped him, changed the bag, checked the filter, closed the compartments & turned on the vacuum. Nothing happened. I checked to be sure that it was plugged in, that wasn’t the problem. I’ve let the vacuum “rest” for several days, It still won’t start. Any suggestions?
ANSWER : There is a reset button at the back of the powerhead. The user manual can be downloaded from the electrolux website, although I didn’t find it very useful. There was some info on how to change the powerhead drive belt.

While vacuuming the red light for the bag of the vacuum came on and the vacuum stopped. The bag was no where near full so I replaced it with a new bag – same problem. It vaccumes for a minute or then stops with bag light on. It is the correct bag for the machine – so what’s the problem?
ANSWER : I’m assuming this is the Epic 6500 or similar model.
.Detach the hose, turn vacuum on. If it runs, place palm of hand against inport hole. If it shuts off the problem is with either the control valve setting or the control valve assembly itself.
.For cvs, turn dial on top of vacuum all the way to the largest dot, and try above test again. If that doesn’t work, then it’s the CVA. It needs to be cleaned or replaced, which is an in shop job. Fro repair, take it to the nearest Aerus Electrolux store. I recommend a full clean and service to remove any dust/dirt from the motor, fan assembly, and other internal parts.
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.Another problem, which relates to the dial setting, is that fine dust will quickly clog the pores of the bag, resulting in the machine “thinking” the bag is full. Turning the dial to the proper setting helps get the bag fuller. The middle setting is the normal setting, and is for areas without fine dust and sand.

Hoover steamvac when I use it it leaks out of bottom. when it off an water in tank leaks out of bottom,when its off an I pull the triggar it flows big time out of bottom. tank doesnt leak when off sitting with water in it
ANSWER : Let me start out with an apology. I did not ask my question very well – and you did not answer it as I needed.
.If you wish, we MAY be able to communicate in your native language. We can do most indian languages, Turkish, Ukranian and some Russian – as well as Spanish. If any of those are easier for you – please feel free to use any of them.
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.The Machine storage tanks are 2 – one clean water, one dirty water.
.I understand that, when OFF, no leaks happen.
.I understand that when on a leak comes from “the side”. Also, water comes from the bottom.
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.So, water comes out near the bottom brushes (even without trigger). Then, with trigger, MUCH water comes out near bottom brushes. Am I correct so far?
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.Water out the side concerns me. I am guessing that the bottom of the clean storage tank may have a small leak.
.I am also guessing that the trigger valve (located in the small opening behind the black rubber seal that the clean water tank rests on) is not closing all of the way – or is broken (cracked).
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.Can you please remove the clean water tank and inspect the trigger valve with a torch (flash light). Can you see it open/close as you operate the trigger? Is it broken, cracked, or dirty?
.If yes then it must be replaced. If no, the the storage tank is bad and must be repaired.
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.You inspect all of these things and you should be able to determine the failure. THEN, I an help you repair the failed item.
.-Jim (Raleigh, NC – USA)

My bissell wont release water or cleaner – Bissell 1697-7 Powersteamer Pro Deluxe Vacuum
ANSWER :

Make sure there is liquid in both the Tank-in-Tank and the SmartMix Bottle and check for spray through the upholstery hose. If the hose does not spray please check the following:
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– Remove the belt access door and inspect the pump belt to ensure it is not broken, worn or stretched. You may also check the belt by turning on the power and watching the brush on the bottom of the machine. If the brush rotates the belt is not broken.
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– Check for proper placement of the o-ring on the SmartMix Cap Insert (some o-rings are detachable and need to fit over the straw; others are molded to the cap).
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– Check for liquid in the base of the machine where the SmartMix Bottle sits (SmartMix Reservoir). If there is no liquid in the reservoir, the neck on the SmartMix Bottle may be undersized, the cap will not make proper contact with the unit and the smart mix bottle will need to be replaced.
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– Check for the black or red tank gasket on the SmartMix Bottle Cap and on the bottom of the Tank-in-Tank Assembly. If gasket is lodged in base of unit or has been lost, reattach gasket on auto-load or order new gasket if appropriate.
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– Check the valves on the bottoms of the Tank-in-Tank and SmartMix Bottle to make sure water/solution will come through when the “x” valve is depressed. Bladder or SmartMix bottle may be empty or the valve may be blocked internally.
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– Check if the small rounded window tabs on the top edge of the Floor Nozzle Window are locked in their mating slots on the base of the machine and not inadvertently lifting the tank up out of place.