How to Troubleshoot a Bissell SpotBot Cleaner

Written by kaye wagner
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How to Troubleshoot a Bissell SpotBot Cleaner
Use an old toothbrush to remove clogs in the SpotBot. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The Bissell SpotBot is one of the company's smallest carpet cleaners. The manufacturer intended it to be used to clean spots on carpets and rugs rather than deep cleaning an entire room. When your SpotBot stops working properly, you'll need to troubleshoot the problem yourself or hire a professional to repair the machine. Troubleshooting will save you time and money, as you may discover that the issue was simple enough to solve in just a few steps.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cleaning solution
  • Toothbrush

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  1. 1

    Check your home's breaker box to see if the breaker has been tripped or if the fuse has blown if your machine is not starting.

  2. 2

    Position the SpotBot on flat carpeting if it will still not start. The machine will sense if there is an obstruction or if it is not on relatively level ground, and it will not be able to start. Remove any obstructions and attempt to start it again.

  3. 3

    Press the vacuum flex hose into the machine until you hear the release tabs snap into place if the machine will still not start. The machine will not turn on if the hose does not snap into place.

  4. 4

    Remove the clean tank by grasping the handle and pulling up if the machine is not spraying or is making an odd sound. This could be because the clean tank has run out of cleaning solution and water.

  5. 5

    Unscrew the cap at the bottom of the tank.

  6. 6

    Pour cleaning solution into the tank until it reaches the line indicated on the tank.

  7. 7

    Fill the rest of the tank with water. Screw the lid back onto the tank and press it back into the machine until you hear it lock into place and see bubbles rising from the bottom of the tank. The machine will not work if the tank is not secured properly.

  8. 8

    Dampen a toothbrush with clear water if the machine is still not spraying.

  9. 9

    Brush the spray tip to remove any built-up cleaning solution. The spray tip is located in the middle of the brush underneath the machine.

  10. 10

    Remove the dirty tank if the machine has lost suction. This could be because the dirty tank is full and the machine can no longer pick up solution. Remove the tank by lifting the latch and pulling the tank out.

  11. 11

    Pour out the dirty water and rinse the tank out completely. Replace the tank and close the latch to lock it in place.

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