How to Troubleshoot Bissell PowerForce Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

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How to Troubleshoot Bissell PowerForce Bagless Vacuum Cleaners
Use a screwdriver to troubleshoot your Bissell PowerForce vacuum. (a screwdriver image by alri from

Keeping your floors and carpets presentable requires that you vacuum them regularly. Keeping a clean floor is especially important if you have pets or children who spend a lot of time on the floor. Your regular cleaning schedule can be interrupted if your vacuum is not working properly or not working at all. If your Bissell PowerForce Bagless vacuum cleaning warranty is still in effect, contact your retailer to repair the machine. If the warranty has expired, you can attempt to fix the machine on your own.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Turn off the machine, and unplug it to prevent electric shock. Let it cool off completely if the machine is overheated.

  2. 2

    Adjust the height adjustment knob if the vacuum is not picking up dirt. The knob is located in the middle of the foot of the machine. Lower the power foot by adjusting the knob to the lowest setting for bare floors. Use the medium setting for short- or medium-pile carpets, and use the highest setting for high-pile and shag carpets.

  3. 3

    Tighten all of the hose attachments if the vacuum it still not picking up dirt. This involves pushing the hoses into their receptors until you hear a snapping sound.

  4. 4

    Turn the machine on its side if it still does not pick up dirt. The drive belt may be clogged or broken.

  5. 5

    Remove the two screws on the brush cover, and remove the brush cover.

  6. 6

    Remove the brush bar and pick off lint, strings and hair. Use scissors to snip the hair that is wrapped around the brush bar. Remove hair, strings and lint from the inside of the machine and from around the drive belt.

  7. 7

    Remove the drive belt if it is broken. To replace the belt, put one end of a belt around the motor pulley and the other around the middle of the brush bar. Push the brush bar back into place, and replace the brush cover and screws.

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