Bissell 3102-0 EasyVac Upright Vacuum

How to Identify and Fix Common Vacuum Problems ?

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If your vacuum cleaner turns on but won`t pick up on carpet or bare floors, something is impeding suction. You may need to change the vacuum bag, unclog the hose, replace/clean the filters, replace the hose, change the belt, or repair the motor.
If you find that your CleanView vacuum is hard to push, you may need to adjust the height adjustment dial. The highest setting should be used for high pile and most shag carpet.
Check the Rotator Brush and Wheels

Sometimes pieces of string or other objects get wrapped around your vacuum`s rotating brush or around the wheels of the vacuum. Unplug your vacuum. Turn it over and have a look at the wheels and brush. If you see any pieces of string or objects lodged there, remove them.

For a vacuum cleaner to glide easily on a carpet, air must flow into the nozzle and through the machine. Block the air flow and the vacuum seals itself to the carpet and is hard to push. And, unfortunately, that`s what many consumers have discovered when their new carpeting is installed.
The most common cause of loss of suction is that the filters have become blocked. They may require cleaning or replacing. Another cause could be that the vacuum cleaner hose is blocked.
Check area on the inside of the unit for suction without removing the filter. If there is suction, it would indicate that the hose is clogged or filters are dirty. If still no suction, please take the unit to an Authorized Service Center to have a Quality Technician inspect the unit.
Clog located in the vacuum hose

Turn the unit on and feel the suction at the end of the hose handle. If there is no or low suction, then the clog is in the hose. You can remove the clog by running a long, stiff object through the hose, such as a butter knife, starting at the wall end.

Push harder than you pull.

Many people naturally exert more force when they`re pulling their vacuums back than when they`re pushing them forward, but this can leave dirt on the floor. Vacuums are designed to be pushed forward at a rate of about 12 inches per second and pulled back at a rate of 6 inches per second.

While extreme suction power may offer peace of mind to homeowners who want to feel confident that their vacuums are effective at sucking up dirt and germs, it can be very damaging to your carpet and should be avoided! For high pile and premium soft carpet, be sure to avoid vacuums with concentrated or sealed suction.
Not really. Overall, carpets can stand to be vacuumed several times a week without sustaining damage. Leaving dirt in a carpet, however, actually breaks down underneath the carpet fibers. It also creates a breeding ground for dust mites and bacteria.
All vacuum cleaners operate based on air flowing from the opening at the cleaning head or tool, through the vacuum cleaner and the bag and/or filter system and then out the exhaust port. This airflow is created by the vacuum motor, which also may be referred to as the suction motor.
So, the usual areas that cause suction loss include the wrong height setting, stuck rollers, a faulty gasket, a broken vacuum belt, a filled bag, or a clogged hose.
The most common problems found in vacuum cleaners are low suction force, excessive noise, burning smell, vacuum not turn on, and overheating. These issues can be fixed by either cleaning the device or replacing some parts of the device. At times, it is best to seek a professional to fix the cleaner effectively.
If there is a clog in the vacuum, you won`t have good suction and the vacuum won`t work. The clog can be in the vacuum head, the hose or where the hose meets the actual vacuum.
Locate the brush reset button on the lower back right of the vacuum. Press the button to reset the brushroll To ensure the brush has been reset, plug the vacuum back into the electrical outlet.
Carpets that still look dirty or have stains reappear after cleaning is a result of something called wicking. This is due to over wetting the carpet, the backing, and pad which causes them to return back to the surface once dry.
The level you set your vacuum depends on the height of your carpet. For bare floors, use the lowest or bare floor setting, for short and medium pile carpets use a medium setting and finally, for plush carpets use the highest setting.
Sound waves are travelling vibrations of particles in media such as air, water or metal. So it stands to reason that they cannot travel through empty space, where there are no atoms or molecules to vibrate.
Sound waves are travelling vibrations of particles in media such as air, water or metal. So it stands to reason that they cannot travel through empty space, where there are no atoms or molecules to vibrate.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

the most relevant questions and answers related to your specific issue

Just got my dc33… one issue… the dial switch to control btn bare floor / carpet mode doesn’t seem holding in it’s position when I set to the bare floor mode… it keeps coming back to carpet mode with brush-bar activated… the dial doesn’t really click to the floor mode. Any advice on this?
ANSWER : Hi there,

I’m sorry to hear you’re having difficulties with your DC33. If you’re concerned that the brush control doesn’t seem to be staying in position, it’s probably best if you get in touch with us directly. One of our experts will be happy to run through some troubleshooting over the phone with you to check everything is correct with your machine, and recommend the best course of action. You can call us free on 08002980298 (UK), or 1866MYDYSON (US). We’ll look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Jack
Dyson Online Customer Support

My carpet cleaner (bissell proheat plus) is not steaming, dispensing cleaner. Seems like there’s a little thingy that should be spinning or turning….. When I work a small area of carpet, it just leaves behind dry blobs of carpet gunk like pet hair. I had to use a carpet sweeper to clean up. FYI – I filled the cleaning fluid container and after trying to clean the carpet, it did empty out but the carpet isn’t wet. Any tips? The manual doesn’t help.
ANSWER : You need to replace the pump belt. Here is the belt you need:

Bissell ProHeat Belt

The lever that switches from carpet to bare floors came off
ANSWER : Hey! You may want to contact one of our Authorized Service Centers for assistance with the floor nozzle adjustment.

Here’s a quick link to assist you in locating one:.

http://www.bissell.com/service-centers/?cid=ccsocial

Here’s a quick link to our current stick vacuums:
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http://www.bissell.com/stick-vacuums/?cid=ccsocial
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Kenmore Vacuum 116.36623501 does not stay on bare floor setting
ANSWER : It sounds like there is something wrong with the latching assembly. GO to the Sears Parts website and enter your Model number. Look at the parts assembly for the Nozzle, and the problem will be in one of items 12 through 17.

On/Off switch. When the switch is set to “Floor” setting the vacuum will not turn on. When the switch is moved to “carpet” setting the vacuum starts.
ANSWER : Because floor means for lanolium it may have a sensor that detects carpet or linolium

Hoover Windtunnel On/Off switch will not turn Off…Switch seems to work O.K. when pressed directly but not with handle switch…It will turn on but not off..Cam seems to be intact on switch actuator..How does switch come out? Thanx
ANSWER : Take the handle off, then remove the tool holder, then you can get to the switch. Just has tabs on each side of switch, depress them and push it out. These switches will do this after awhile, replacing them is usually the way to correct the problem.

My dyson slim vacuum doesn’t switch from hose to floor mode. I thought the foot lever was broken. I realigned it but it doesn’t switch now from floor mode to hose mode. I take out the hose and I can see the white part. I thought it should move as you go from upright to recline position of the handle.
ANSWER : The changeover valve is not activating – call the Dyson helpline – they’ll set you up for a repair with a repair dealer in your area.

My Hoover Windtunnel does not clean carpet. The machine keeps grabbing the carpet. It appears that even with the switch set for carpet, the machine keeps acting as though it were set for a hard floor. How can I fix it?
ANSWER : Move the height adjustment up a little