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How to Fix Loss of Suction in Vacuum - Bissell Powerforce Bagless

If your Bissell isn't sucking properly, it's time to take action. The number one reason for throwing out a vacuum cleaner is loss of suction, but it doesn't have to be that way. In this video eSpares explain how to fix it yourself.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Mat from eSpares.

Now if your Bissell upright vacuum cleaner is experiencing a loss of suction, it could be down to a number of things. Before checking your Bissell, do make sure it’s unplugged. For this example I’m going to be using the Bissell Powerforce Bagless, but the process will be very similar for other upright Bissells.

The first thing to check is the filters. Remove the canister like so, and here we have the inner and outer circular filter, these can be removed from each other. Check for any debris or stones that may be stuck inside. Here we have the pre-motor filter, and again get your finger in there and make sure there are no stones or debris present. We also have the post-motor filter that can be separated from the housing, and last but not least the built-in filter. Again get your finger in there, make sure there’s nothing stuck, and in the housing.

Now all these filters can be washed, simply run them under a warm tap, but do make sure they’re air-dried for 48 hours before putting back into the appliance, and please be aware that you cannot use the appliance without these filters present.

Now if you’ve checked the filters and you’re still experiencing a loss of suction, it could be to do with the hose. Let’s take a look. Here we have the external hose, give it a massage, see if you can feel anything large inside like coins or stones. As well as that we also have the internal hose. Now on this model you can see it’s see-through, so you could see if any debris was stuck in there. Also give it a little massage, see if you can feel anything.

Now if you can’t feel anything inside, it could still be a split in the hose. If we take a look here I’ve got a pretty extreme version of a split in a hose, but even a split that size could cause a large loss of suction.

Now if you’ve checked all of the above and you’re still experiencing a loss of suction, it could well be the motor. You would know if it was the motor because of the change in sound. Now it is possible to replace the motor – it’s not an easy job, but it is doable.

And you can see me changing various other spares on this Bissell vacuum cleaner elsewhere on the eSpares website.

Thanks for watching.


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