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Post# 413130   8/27/2019 at 11:25 (315 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

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Lately, I've noticed that the "classic" Hoover SteamVac SpinScrub with Clean Surge carpet cleaner (F5914900) is gone from, Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy. Did this model of SteamVac get phased out? I would greatly appreciate it if anybody could shed some light on this for me.

I've observed that this machine has gone through many variants throughout its production run.

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Post# 413154 , Reply# 1   8/27/2019 at 20:53 (315 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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I trash picked one of these cleaners recently. It seemed to do a fairly good job on both domestic and commercial carpeting. Construction is a little cheap though (broken handle release). Also, it will start to suck water into the motor before the float cuts off the suction, so you have to stop it early.

Post# 413163 , Reply# 2   8/28/2019 at 00:18 (314 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

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Hoover has some instructional videos on how to empty the dirty water tank on different SteamVac models, and said videos show foam getting sucked into the motor at the beginning of each. Here's a video for this particular machine.

Post# 413202 , Reply# 3   8/29/2019 at 04:38 (313 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwest)        

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Suds getting to the motor have plagued Bissell for the past 2 decades. I have no idea how they haven't figured out how to stop that yet. My earliest Bissell shampooer bought new in '98 or '97, if you use it longer than 10 minutes, the motor exhaust turns into a bubble blower. Somehow water is getting in there and because of that, it hasn't been used for probably 15 years. Just kept buying cheap used ones and piling them up when they broke. Have had a ProHeat pet since 2016 and it's still going.

Post# 413395 , Reply# 4   9/4/2019 at 20:00 (307 days old) by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        
As a matter of fact...

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I had a failed experiment last month regarding suds in the motor of a Bissell. My mom was given a Bissell QuickSteamer Plus last month from a friend of hers, who stated that occasionally, the soap doesn't come out.

I went over there to try and resolve that problem. I removed the nozzle, brush and spray bar, then washed those parts out. The nozzle was clogged with dog hair, which was most likely the cause of the machine not spraying.

Next, I filled up the solution tank with nothing but hot water and gave the machine a quick test run. While the suction was good, there was some water spitting out of the vent on top of the dirty water tank, and I thought nothing of it.

However, during the middle of cleaning another section of carpet, the motor suddenly made a HORRIBLE noise and I immediately shut the machine off. Turns out that water got sucked into the motor! I didn't want to turn the machine back on again after that. I think that happened because I squeezed the trigger while going forward AND reverse. Perhaps next time with this machine, I should squeeze the trigger ONLY on the forward stroke.


On the other hand, I have owned a Lift-Off Deep Cleaner since 2012, and it's still going strong. Even though this machine features a hot water heater for the upright portion, the heater has never failed on me.

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