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Bissell 1692/1693/1694 PowerSteamer User Guide

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Thanks for buying a BISSELL PowerSteamer Deep Cleaner: We’re glad you purchased a BISSELL PowerSteamer Deep Cleaner. Everything we know about floor care went into the design and construction of this complete, high-tech home cleaning system.
Your PowerSteamer is well made, and we back it with a limited one-year warranty. We also stand behind it with a knowledgeable, dedicated Consumer Services department, so, should you ever have a problem, you’ll receive fast, considerate assistance.
My great-grandfather invented the floor sweeper in 1876. Today, BISSELL is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and service of high quality homecare products like your PowerSteamer.
Thanks again, from all of us at BISSELL.


When using an electrical appliance, basic precautions should be observed, including the following:
Read all instructions before using your POWERSTEAMER®.

To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury:

  • Do not immerse.
  • Use only on surfaces moistened by cleaning process.
  • Always connect to a properly grounded outlet See Grounding Instructions.
  • Unplug from outlet when not in use and before conducting maintenance or troubleshooting.
  • Do not leave machine when it is plugged in.
  • Do not service machine when it is plugged in.
  • Do not use with damaged cord or plug.
  • If appliance is not working as it should, has been dropped, damaged, left outdoors, or dropped in to water, have it repaired at an authorized Service Center.
  • Do not expose to rain, store indoors.
  • Do not pull or carry by cord, use cord as a handle, close door on cord, pull cord around sharp corners or edges, run appliance over cord, or expose cord to heated surfaces.
  • Do not carry the appliance while in use.
  • Do not unplug by pulling on cord. Unplug by grasping the plug, not the cord.
  • Do not handle plug or appliance with wet hands.
  • Do not put any object into appliance openings, use with blocked opening, or restrict air flow.
  • Do not expose hair, loose clothing, fingers or body parts to openings or moving parts.
  • Do not pick up hot or burning objects.
  • Do not pick up flammable or combustible materials (lighter fluid,gasoline,kerosene,etc.) or use in the presence of explosive liquids or vapor.
  • Do not use appliance in an enclosed space filled with vapors given off by oil base paint,paint thinner, some moth proofing sub stances,flammable dust, or other explosive or toxic vapors.
  • Do not pick up toxic material (chlorine bleach, ammonia, drain cleaner, gasoline, etc.).
  • Do not modify the 3-prong grounded plug.
  • Do not allow to be used as a toy.
  • Do not use for any purpose other than described in this User’s Guide.
  • Do not operate the appliance unless the belt door is securely assembled in the location provided.
  • Use only manufacturer’s recommended attachments.
  • Use only cleaning products formulated by BISSELL for use in this appliance.
  • Keep openings free of dust, lint, hair, etc.
  • Keep appliance on a level surface.
  • Turn off all controls before unplugging.
  • Be extra careful when cleaning stairs.
  • Close attention is necessary when used by or near children.


THIS MODEL IS FOR HOUSEHOLD USE ONLY. Commercial use of this unit voids the manufacturer’s warranty.


This appliance must be connected to a grounded wiring system. If it should malfunction or break down, grounding provides a safe path of least resistance for electrical current, reducing the risk of electrical shock. The cord for this appliance has an equipment-grounding conductor and a grounding plug. It must only be plugged into an outlet that is properly installed and grounded in accordance with all local codes and ordinances.

WARNING: Improper connection of the equipment-grounding conductor can result in a risk of electrical shock. Check with a qualified electrician or service person if you aren’t sure if the outlet is properly grounded.

DO NOT MODIFY THE PLUG. If it will not fit the outlet, have a proper outlet installed by a qualified electrician. This appliance is designed for use on a nominal 120-volt circuit, and has a grounding attachment plug that looks like the plug in the drawing above. Make certain that the appliance is connected to an outlet having the same configuration as the plug. No plug adapter should be used with this appliance.

Product Info

How to Use This Guide

This User’s Guide is designed to help you get maximum satisfaction from your PowerSteamer Deep Cleaner. Enclosed you’ll find assembly instructions for cleaning tasks, safety precautions, cleaning tips, maintenance and troubleshooting information. Please read this guide thoroughly before assembling and using your cleaner. Pay particular attention to the assembly diagram, assembly instruc-tions, and part names. Locate and organize all parts before assembly. Familiarize yourself with all parts and features and how they operate. Following the Guide will enhance your ability to get top performance from your cleaner for many years.
If you have any questions, or comments please call
BISSELL Consumer Services at 1-800-237-7691.

How To Assemble Your PowerSteamer

Your PowerSteamer assembles in two quick steps. The only tool you will need to assemble your cleaner is a Phillips
head screwdriver.
Your PowerSteamer is packaged as two primary components… the Lower Body and the Handle Assembly. To assemble:

  1. Slide the Handle Assembly (with attached Quick Release Cord Wrap™) down into the Lower Body until it will go no further.
  2. Secure the handle by placing one (1) Phillips head screw (supplied) through the screw opening in the Lower Body and into the rear of the Handle Assembly. Tighten with screwdriver until secure.
    Assembly is now complete.

What Comes With Your PowerSteamer

Keep plenty of BISSELL Advanced Deep Cleaning Formulas on hand so you can clean whenever it fits your schedule. Always use BISSELL deep cleaning formulas. Non-BISSELL cleaning solutions may harm your cleaner and void the warranty.

The Basics: How Your PowerSteamer Works


The Power Switch controls power to the machine.

DirtLifter® Powerbrush (on select models)

The powered brush roll at the Floor Nozzle is designed to enhance cleaning performance. The bristle pattern lifts out the deep down dirt while gently grooming carpet fibers. The floating suspension self-adjusts to all carpet heights and protects your carpet if you leave the Power Switch ON. When the machine handle is in the fully upright position, CarpetSaver™ automatically raises the brush off the carpet.

Measuring Cup

Your PowerSteamer is equipped with a Measuring Cup for adding the proper amount of cleaning formula to the Tank-in-Tank™. Before using the machine, simply fill the Measuring Cup to the fill line with BISSELL
Advanced Deep Cleaning Formula. Pour the formula into the Tank-in-Tank as shown on page 7. For convenience, the Measuring Cup stores on the back of the unit.

WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock or injury unplug from outlet before servicing.

To Fill The Tank-in-Tank

This easy-to-use system is designed with a bladder inside to hold clean water. As you clean, the bladder will empty. Dirty water collects in the tank outside the bladder.

NOTE: Make sure to add formula to the tank before filling it with water.

    1. Depress the Handle Release pedal to tilt back the handle.
    2. Lift the Tank-in-Tank handle. The handle locks the lid in place. Carry the Tank-in-Tank like a bucket to fill at the sink.
    1. Set the Tank down and rotate the handle forward to unlatch the Lid. Lift off and set the Lid aside.
    2. Using the Measuring Cup, pour BISSELL Deep Cleaning Formula into the mouth of the bladder.
  1. Fill to the bottom of the neck with hot tap water. Do not boil or microwave water.
    NOTE: Fill slowly to reduce sudsing.
  2. Replace the Tank Lid, matching the Lid and Tank edges. Rotate the handle to carrying position. Replace Tank in machine base, seating firmly in place. Rotate handle back down to latched position.

When It’s Time To Empty The Tank-in-Tank

NOTE: Remove the Tank-in-Tank, following steps 1. and 2. on page 7.

  1. Carry the Tank-in-Tank, like a bucket, to the sink. Remove Tank Lid. Pour out dirty water.
  2. After each use, remove and rinse the Lint Screen located on the Tank Lid.
    1. Remove Tank Lid.
    2. Remove Lint Screen and rinse under faucet. Remove any debris caught in Lint Screen.
    3. Reinsert Lint Screen on Tank Lid. The screen will click into place.
    4. Replace Tank Lid.
  3. Refill with cleaning solution and clean tap water—follow steps 2-5. on page 7.
  4. When a cleaning job is complete, rinse out the Tank-in-Tank by running clean water between the bladder and the tank.
  5. Return the Tank-in-Tank to the machine, follow step 6 on page 7.
  6. Refer to the Storage section on page 13 for final cleanup.

Tip: A special red float device in the tank will cause the cleaner to stop removing solution from the carpet. The motor sound will rise in pitch to let you know the dirty water tank is full.

ReadyTools™ Dial

This provides floor or upholstery cleaning with the turn of a dial. For carpet/floor cleaning make sure the dial is set to FLOOR CLEANING. For upholstery or fabric cleaning, select your cleaning tool, attach it to the Flex Hose, switch to Tools Settings and the PowerSteamer is ready to clean upholstery, fabrics and more*

* Set the switch to FLOOR CLEANING when cleaning carpets, or set it to TOOLS/PRETREAT when using the Flex Hose attachments.

How To Clean Carpets

  1. Plan activities to give carpet time to dry.
  2. Remove easily moved furniture from the room (chairs, lamps, coffee tables, etc.).
  3. Vacuum thoroughly to pick up loose debris and pet hair before using the PowerSteamer.
  4. Plan your cleaning route to leave an exit path. It is best to begin cleaning in the corner farthest from your exit.

NOTE: You may notice hair and debris deposits on carpet that were loosened by brushing action
(especially with newer carpets that have never been deep cleaned before). This debris should be picked up by hand and thrown away. Debris that deposits in the Brush Belt area should be cleaned out to keep Belts running free.


Improves cleaning effectiveness for heavily soiled carpet in high traffic areas, such as entryways and hallways.

  1. Set the ReadyTools Dial to TOOLS/PRETREAT.
  2. Plug the PowerSteamer into a proper outlet and turn ON the Power switch.
  3. While pressing the Spray Release trigger, slowly make sev-eral passes over the area to be cleaned.
    Caution: Do not overwet.
  4. Turn the machine Power Switch OFF and let the BISSELL Advanced Deep Cleaning Formula dissolve the tough soil for 1 to 2 minutes. Reset the ReadyTools Dial to FLOOR CLEANING before continuing.

Normal Cleaning

  • Plug the PowerSteamer into a proper outlet and turn ON the Power Switch.
  • While pressing the Spray Release Trigger, make one slow forward and back wet pass. Let the BISSELL Advanced Deep Cleaning Formula and DirtLifter PowerBrush* do the work for you. *On select models
    Caution: Do not overwet.
  • Release the Trigger and make one slow forward and back pass over the same area to remove any residual dirty water.
  • Repeat cleaning passes without pressing the Trigger until you can’t see any more water being suctioned up.
  • When cleaning job is complete, refer to the Maintenance/Storage section on page 13.

Cleaning Bare Floors

The Bare Floor Tool (available with select models only) provides effective cleaning for linoleum, vinyl, and tile floors.
Caution: Do not use on hardwood floors

  1. Use BISSELL Floor Cleansing Formula.
  2. Vacuum or sweep thoroughly to pick up loose debris and pet hair.
  3. Remove easily moved furniture from the room, (chairs, tables, etc.)
  4. Plan your cleaning route to leave an exit path.
  5. Plan activities to allow 30 minutes for the floor to dry completely.

Attach the Bare Floor Tool

  1. Step on the handle release to lay the machine handle down.
  2. Remove the Tank-in Tank from the machine base.
  3. Lift the machine base to expose the underside of the nozzle.
  4. Attach Bare Floor Tool to nozzle with long tab to the right side (ReadyTools side) of the nozzle.
  5. First attach left side (short Tab) catching tab over nozzle edge.
  6. Gently bend long tab (right side) outward to easily snap over edge of clear nozzle on left.

Machine Preparation

  1. Set up machine following instructions in The Basics on pages 6-9. Be sure to thoroughly rinse out any remaining Fiber Cleansing Formula from the Tank-in-Tank bottle to prevent slippery linoleum, vinyl, and tile floors. Use BISSELL Floor Cleansing Formula in the Tank-in-Tank.
  2. Check ReadyTools dial – it should be set on FLOOR CLEANING.
  3. Plug into a proper outlet and turn Power Switch ON.

Bare Floor Cleaning Technique

  1. Slowly move the machine nozzle with Bare Floor Tool forward and back over soiled surface one time while pressing the trigger. Caution: Do not over wet.
  2. Repeat the motion without pressing the trigger using the Bare Floor Tool to squeegee and suction up the dirty water.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 backing along the exit path.
  4. Allow about 30 minutes for the floor to dry completely.
  5. When the cleaning job is complete refer to the Maintenance/Storage section on page 13.
  6. To remove Bare Floor Tool gently bend long tab (right side) outward and pull tool down away from nozzle. Rinse thoroughly, dry and store.

WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock or injury unplug from outlet before servicing.

How To Clean Upholstery and Small Areas

Important – Check Upholstery Tags

Check manufacturer’s tag before cleaning. A “W” or “WS” on the tag means you can use your PowerSteamer. If the tag is coded with an “X” or “S” (with a diagonal strike through), or says “Dry Clean Only,” do not proceed. Do not use your PowerSteamer on velvet or silk. If manufacturer’s tag is missing or not coded, check with your furniture dealer.

  • Check for colorfastness in an inconspicuous place.
  • If possible, check upholstery stuffing. Colored stuffing may bleed through fabric when wet.
  • Plan activities to give upholstery time to dry.
  • Vacuum thoroughly to pick up loose debris and pet hair. Use a vacuum with a brush attachment and a crevice tool to clean in fabric folds and tufts.

Machine Preparation

  1. Set up the machine following instructions in The Basics sec-tion, pages 6-9.
  2. Using the Measuring Cup provided, pour BISSELL Advanced Deep Cleaning Formula into the Tank-in-Tank.
  3. Set the ReadyTools Dial to TOOLS/PRETREAT.


  1. Turn Power Switch OFF.
  2. Unplug Power Cord from outlet and coil cord around Power Cord Quick Release.
  3. Remove and rinse tools, if used, in clean, running water. Dry and replace.
  4. Coil Flex Hose through storage brackets.
  5. Remove Tank-in-Tank. Dispose of dirty water. See The Basics section, page 8.
  6. Rinse out Tank-in-Tank and reseat the tank unto the machine.
  7. Wipe all exterior surfaces with a soft cloth.
  8. Store cleaner in a protected, dry area.
  9. When carpet is dry, vacuum again to remove hair and fuzz that the PowerSteamer may have loosened.

CAUTION:® PowerSteamer uses water and must not be stored where there is a danger of freezing. Freezing will damage internal components and void the warranty.

Pump and Brush Belts Replacement

To Remove Broken Pump and Brush Belts

NOTE: Turn off machine and unplug from wall outlet.

    1. Step on Handle Release pedal and recline Handle on floor (see illustration).
    2. Remove the Tank-in-Tank. Set aside (see illustration).
    3. Remove the Belt Access Door located near the ReadyTools Dial. Insert a flathead screwdriver into the slot nearest the handle to gently pry off the door (see illustration).
    4. Turn the machine onto its side so the belt access area is facing upward (see illustrations).
  1. On the bottom of the machine, near the belt access area, is a Red Retainer Plate that holds the black brush arm and brush in place. Using a Phillips head screwdriver remove the screw that holds the Red Retainer Plate in place. Set Red Retainer Plate and Phillips head screw aside (see illustrations).NOTE: For 1693 Model Series, remove stationary brush (skip step 6 and 7).
  2. Remove the black brush arm that holds the brush in place. Set the black brush arm aside (see illustrations).
  3. Remove the “toothed” Brush Belt from the Brush then from the Red Pump Pulley. Set the “toothed” Brush Belt and Brush aside.
  4. Locate and remove the broken Pump Belt.

To Install The Replacement Pump and Brush Belts

NOTE: For 1693 Model Series, skip steps 2 & 4.

  1. With the unit still on its side, loop one end of the replacement Pump Belt around the Red Pump  Pulley and the other end around the silver motor shaft (see illustration). Do not twist the replacement Pump Belt.
  2. Re-install the “toothed” Brush Belt first onto the Red Pump Pulley and then onto the “toothed” end of the Brush (see illustrations).
  3. Re-install the Brush into the base of the unit.
  4. Place the black brush arm onto the Brush and slide black brush arm into original position (see illustrations).
  5. Re-install the Red Retainer Plate and Phillips head screw (see illustration).
  6. Using your finger, gently spin the replacement Pump Belt on the silver motor shaft (see illustration). If assembled correctly, the replacement Pump Belt should rotate freely around the silver motor shaft and drive pulley without obstruction. The Brush should also rotate freely when the silver motor shaft is turned.
  7. Turn the machine right side up. Replace the Tank-in-Tank and Belt Access Door (see illustration).

Assembly is now complete.
If you have any questions, or if you have any trouble installing your replacement Pump Belt, please call BISSELL Consumer Services
at 1-800-237-7691.
Or visit the BISSELL website: www.bissell.com


WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury, unplug machine from outlet before servicing.

Reduced spray or no spray.

Possible Causes:

  • Bladder may be empty
  • The lint screen may be clogged
  • Tank-in-Tank may not be seated properly
  • Pump may have lost prime.
  • The Pump Belt may be broken.


  • Refill tank with hot tap water.
  • Clean out lint screen page 8.
  • Turn power off; remove and reseat tank.
  • Turn power OFF; after 1 minute, turn ON and depress Spray Release trigger.
  • Turn power OFF and unplug machine from outlet. To check if a Pump Belt has broken, you will need a flathead screwdriver. Insert the blade end into the lower slot of the Belt Access Door to release the lower snap. If necessary, insert the blade end into the upper slot to release the upper snap. Examine for belt breakage. You should be able to see the Pump Belt looped around the motor shaft. If it is broken or missing, please refer to the Part numbers and descriptions on page 19 before calling BISSELL Consumer Services. Complete installation instructions will accompany the replacement belt.

DirtLifter PowerBrush* does not turn.

Possible Causes

  • The Brush Belt or Pump Belt may be broken


  • Turn power OFF and unplug machine from outlet. To check if a Brush Belt has broken, you will need a flathead screwdriver. Insert the blade end into the lower slot of the Belt Access Door to release the lower snap. If necessary, insert the blade end into the upper slot to release the upper snap. Examine for belt breakage. If broken, refer to pages 13-16.

PowerSteamer not picking up solution.

Possible Causes

  • ReadyTools Dial may be at the wrong setting for cleaning job.
  • Nozzle Window may not be properly attached.
  • Tank-in-Tank lid is not properly installed.
  • Tank-in-Tank is not properly seated.
  • Tank-in-Tank has picked up the maximum amount of dirty water.
  • Poor tool position. (Handheld attachments only.)


  • Set ReadyTools Dial to either FLOOR CLEANING or TOOLS/PRETREAT.
  • Make sure the two tabs on the back of the Nozzle Window are inserted through the mating slots in the main housing. Reinstall if necessary.
  • Reinstall lid; refer to The Basics section, page 7.
  • Tank-in-Tank must be firmly seated to function. Remove and reseat Tank-in Tank.
  • Empty tank and refill; refer to Basics section, page 8.
  • Readjust angle; apply more downward pressure.

Part Numbers And Descriptions*

*Not all parts included with every model

Item Part No. Part Name
1 603-7818 Handle Assembly with Screw
2 215-9155 Tough Stain Brush
3 015-9043 Tank Assembly Complete
4 015-4439 Tank Lid Assembly
5 015-9041 Tank Bottom
6 213-0213 Baffle with Red Float
7 210-4052 Window Gasket
8 015-0628 Replacement Pump Belt (with instructions)
9 015-0621 Replacement Brush Belt (with instructions)
10 015-3500 Lint Screen
11 213-3010 Measuring Cup
12 214-9131 Bare Floor Tool
13 0710 48 oz. BISSELL Fiber Cleansing Formula with Scotchgard™
14 0400 22 oz. BISSELL Tough Stain PreCleaner
15 0480 32 oz. BISSELL Floor Cleansing Formula

About Your Warranty

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which may vary from state to state. If you need additional instruction regarding this warranty or have questions regarding what it may cover, please contact BISSELL Consumer Services by E-mail, telephone, or regular mail as described below.

Limited One Year Warranty

Subject to the *EXCEPTIONS AND EXCLUSIONS identified below, upon receipt of the product BISSELL Homecare, Inc. will repair or replace (with new or remanufactured components or products), at BISSELL’s option, free of charge from the date of purchase by the original purchaser, for one year any defective or malfunctioning part.

See information below on “If your BISSELL product should require service”.

This warranty applies to product used for personal, and not commercial or rental service. This warranty does not apply to fans or routine maintenance components such as filters, belts, or brushes. Damage or malfunction caused by negligence, abuse, neglect, unauthorized repair, or any other use not in accordance with the User’s Guide is not covered.

If your BISSELL product should require service:
Contact BISSELL Consumer Services to locate a BISSELL Authorized Service Center in your area.
If you need information about repairs or replacement parts, or if you have questions about your warranty, contact BISSELL Consumer Services.

Website or E-mail: www.bissell.com
Use the “Customer Services” tab.
Or Call: BISSELL Consumer Services 1-800-237-7691
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Or write: BISSELL Homecare Inc.
PO Box 3606
Grand Rapids MI 49501
ATTN: Consumer Services

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.


Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.

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