How to Troubleshoot Bissell Vacuums


Bissell makes vacuum cleaners for allergen control and basic household cleaning. Styles include uprights, cyclonic bagless vacuums with see-through collection chambers, and heavy-duty and lightweight models. If you have a problem with your Bissell vacuum, you can often find the solution yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom handle
  • If the vacuum doesn't operate, check to make sure it is plugged in, or if the cord is damaged. Check for blown fuses or tripped breakers.

  • Check the height adjustment if the vacuum doesn't pick up dirt. Make sure the hose is firmly attached to the suction opening. Check for cracks in the hose.

  • Examine the collection container to make sure it isn't full, can check to make sure the filters aren't dirty. Insert a broom handle into the hose to determine if it is clogged.

  • Check for debris wrapping itself around the brush roll. Remove it and twist the collar so that the opening is at the top. Lift the cover. Remove the brush from the belt and clean out the debris.

  • Adjust the height setting if the vacuum is difficult to push.

  • Examine the drive belt if the motor runs but the vacuum fails to pick up dirt. The drive belt can be replaced.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many vacuum cleaners have pre-motor and post-motor cleaners. Remember to check both.

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