How to Fix Bissell Shampooer Not Spraying

Bissell Shampooer Not Spraying - Fix

Refurbished Bissell Pro Heat Turbo 2X Carpet Cleaner

Bissell carpet shampooers are popular for their efficient cleaning capabilities, but like any appliance, they may encounter issues over time. One common problem users may face is the Bissell shampooer not spraying water or cleaning solution. This issue can be frustrating, but fear not – this comprehensive guide will walk you through the steps to diagnose and resolve the problem, restoring your Bissell shampooer to optimal performance.

This guide is relevant to all Bissell Shampooers that use a single brush roller.

Unclogging Your Bissell Shampooer

Before you begin, you’ll want the following items:

  1. Bucket / Sink for Testing Spray
  2. Phillips screwdriver
  3. Flathead screwdriver
  4. Needle-nose pliers
  5. Work surface or clean area

Below you can find the flow indicator, which may be needed. for the repair in question along with some better shampoo to use inside your carpet cleaner that won’t clog your machine!

If the parts listed are not correct for your model, click here to be directed to our schematics / parts list page where you can search your Bissell model to find the right parts that you need.

Below is a full video tutorial with our authorized Bissell technician where he shows you how to complete this repair.

Fixing Your Bissell Pro Heat Shampooer Step-by-step

Step 1: Check Water Tank and Solution Level

The first thing to verify is the water tank and cleaning solution levels. Ensure they are adequately filled according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If either is too low, the shampooer may not spray properly. Refill the tank as needed and try using the shampooer again.

Step 2: Examine the Water Flow Indicator

Bissell carpet shampooers often have a water flow indicator to show if water is flowing correctly. Check the indicator while operating the machine. If it’s not spinning or moving, there may be a blockage or a problem with the pump. Proceed to the next steps to address this issue.

Step 3: Clear Clogs in the Nozzle and Hoses

Clogs in the nozzle or hoses can obstruct the flow of water. Detach the nozzle and hoses, checking for any debris or blockages. Clean these components thoroughly, ensuring there are no obstructions that could impede the water flow. Reassemble the parts and test the shampooer again.

Step 4: Inspect the Spray Tips

The spray tips on your Bissell shampooer can also become clogged or damaged. Carefully remove the spray tips, clean them, and inspect for any signs of wear or blockages. If the tips are damaged, consider replacing them with compatible parts.

Step 5: Verify Pump Functionality

The pump is a critical component responsible for spraying water onto the carpet. Check if the pump is functioning correctly by listening for any unusual noises or vibrations. If the pump appears to be faulty, it may need replacement. Refer to your Bissell user manual for guidance on replacing the pump or seek professional assistance.

Step 6: Prime the Pump

Sometimes, air pockets can develop in the pump, hindering proper water circulation. To address this, prime the pump by running the shampooer in a reclined position for a few minutes without dispensing any water. This can help eliminate air and restore proper pump functionality.

Step 7: Check for Belt Issues

If your Bissell shampooer has a belt-driven pump, inspect the belt for any signs of damage or wear. A damaged belt can lead to issues with water spray. Replace the belt if necessary, following the manufacturer’s guidelines.


A Bissell shampooer not spraying can be resolved with a systematic approach to troubleshooting. By checking water levels, inspecting key components, and addressing potential issues with the pump and spray system, you can often identify and fix the problem. Regular maintenance and prompt attention to issues will contribute to the longevity and efficient performance of your Bissell carpet shampooer. If challenges persist or if you are unsure about any step, consult your user manual or seek professional assistance to ensure the proper functioning of your valuable cleaning appliance.