Bissell 30C7 User Manual

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2Thank You

3Safety Instructions

4Product View

5-6 Assembly

6-9 Operations

10-15 Maintenance and Care

16-17 Troubleshooting

18 Replacement Parts

18 Accessories


20Product Registration

20 Consumer Services

Thanks for buying a BISSELL OptiClean® Vacuum

We’re glad you purchased a BISSELL OptiClean vacuum. Everything we know about floor care went into the design and construction of this complete, high-techhome cleaning system.

Your BISSELL OptiClean vacuum is well made, and we back it with a limited three 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-grandfatherinvented the floor sweeper in 1876. Today, BISSELL is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and service of high quality homecare products like your BISSELL vacuum.

Thanks again, from all of us at BISSELL.

Mark J. Bissell

Chairman, President & CEO

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When using an electrical appliance, basic precautions should be observed, including the following:

Read all instructions before using your Upright VACUUM.

Always connect to a polarized outlet (left slot is wider than right). Unplug from

outlet when not in use and before conducting maintenance.


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

Do not modify the polarized plug to fit a non-polarizedoutlet or extension cord.

Do not leave vacuum cleaner unattended when it is plugged in.

Unplug from outlet when not in use and before servicing.

Do not use outdoors or on wet surfaces.

Do not allow children to operate vacuum cleaner or use as a toy.

Close attention is necessary when used by or near children.

Do not use for any purpose other than described in this user’s guide.

Use only manufacturer’s recommended attachments.

Do not use with damaged cord or plug.

If appliance is not working as it should, has been dropped, damaged, left outdoors, or dropped into water, have it repaired at an authorized service center.

Do not pull or carry by cord, use cord as a handle, close a door on cord, or pull cord around sharp edges or corners. Do not run appliance over cord. Keep cord away from heated surfaces.

Do not unplug by pulling on cord. To unplug, grasp the plug, not the cord.

Do not handle vacuum cleaner or plug with wet hands.

Do not put any object into openings. Do not use with any opening blocked; keep openings free of dust, lint, hair, and anything that may reduce air flow.

Keep hair, loose clothing, fingers, and all parts of body away from openings and moving parts.

Turn off all controls before plugging or unplugging vacuum cleaner.

Use extra care when cleaning stairs.

Unplug before attaching the TurboBrush® Tool

Do not pick up flammable materials (lighter fluid, gasoline, kerosene, etc.) or use in the presence of explosive liquids or vapors.

Do not pick up toxic material (chlorine bleach, ammonia, drain cleaner, etc.).

Do not use vacuum cleaner in an enclosed space filled with vapors given off by oil base paint, paint thinner, some moth proofing substances, flammable dust, or other explosive or toxic vapors.

Do not pick up hard or sharp objects such as glass, nails, screws, coins, etc.

Do not pick up anything that is burning or smoking, such as cigarettes, matches, or hot ashes.

Do not use without filters in place.

Use only on dry, indoor surfaces.

Keep appliance on a level surface.

Do not carry the vacuum cleaner while it is running.

Brush may unexpectedly restart. Unplug from outlet when cleaning or servicing



To reduce the risk of electric shock, this appliance has a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the other). This plug will fit in a polarized outlet only one way. If the plug does not fit fully in the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician to install a proper outlet. Do not change the plug in any way.

This model is for household use only.



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Product view

Carry Handle

Upper Tank

Easy Empty

Dirt Container


Foot Window

Wide Cleaning Foot


Product images may vary between models.

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TurboBrush® Tool (30C7 model)

Pet TurboBrush® Tool (30C7T model)

Power Switch

Brush On/Off

Inner Cyclone Screen

Pet Contour Tool®

(30C7T model)

Dusting/ Upholstery Tool (30C7 model)

Lock ‘n Seal®





Handle Release


Stretch Hose

Crevice Tool



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The only tool you’ll need to assemble your vacuum cleaner is a Phillips head screwdriver.

Attach handle to vacuum

1.Locate the bag that contains the extension wand support, lower cord wrap, and screws. Remove the screw packet from the bag.

2.Stand the vacuum upright and from the rear of the unit, slide the base of the handle firmly into the grooves at the top of the vacuum body.

3.Ensure that the handle is firmly attached to the vacuum body. The front of the handle should be flush with the front of the vacuum body. If there are any gaps, continue to push the handle until it is secure.

4.Remove two of the four screws from the screw packet. Insert one screw, into each of the existing holes in the handle. With a screwdriver, tighten each screw completely.


Do not plug in your vacuum cleaner until you are familiar with all instructions and operating procedures.



Attach storage clips, tool, and vacuum hose

1.Locate the bag that contains the extension wand support, lower cord wrap, and remaining two screws.

2.Attach the extension wand support to the rear of the unit. Extension wand support should be placed about half way down the vacuum body. Using one of the two remaining screws, insert one screw into the existing hole. With a screwdriver, tighten screw completely.

3.Attach the lower cord wrap to the rear of the unit. Lower cord wrap should be placed toward the bottom of the vacuum body. Using the last screw, insert screw into the existing hole. With a screwdriver, tighten completely.

4a. Attach Twist ‘n Snaphose by placing the


tabbed end of the hose into the opening


of the unit, located on the left side of the


vacuum (when viewing from the back). Turn


the hose to the right to lock into place.


4b. Place the attachment end of the hose into the hole on the right side of the unit, near the wheel.

NOTE: The vacuum will not operate effectively unless the hose is firmly attached.





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Attach storage clips, tool, and vacuum hose continued

5.Make sure that crevice tool is inside the extension wand. Store the extension wand and crevice tool on the back of the unit. Place tools on the extension wand support and push toward the back of the unit until clip holds tools in place.

6.Slide the dusting brush into the storage clip on the left side of the unit (when viewing from back.)

7.Place the TurboBrush Tool in the hole marked “tool” on the top of the handle arch.


Handle Positions

Using your foot, press the handle release pedal, located on the lower left side of the vacuum, to recline the vacuum.

Transporting your cleaner

1.To move your cleaner from room to room, put the handle in the upright position, tilt the cleaner back on its rear wheels and push forward.

2.The cleaner can also be moved by using the carry handle on the front.

Power Cord

To store power cord, wrap cord around the upper cord wrap and lower extension wand support. Once wound tightly use the clip on the end of the plug to attach the plug to the cord.

To release the power cord, rotate the upper cord wrap down and gently pull the power cord off of the upper cord wrap.

Power switch

The power button is located on the left side (when viewing from back) of the vacuum. Push the rocker switch “ON”

(I) to vacuum, and “OFF” (O) when cleaning is complete.


Note: The rotating brush will not


turn on unless the unit is in the


reclined position and the brush


switch is on.




Stretch Hose

Crevice Tool






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Before using your vacuum, Make sure both filters (pre-motorandpost-motor)are in place. Do not operate your vacuum without these filters.

Power Switch

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Brush Switch

The rotating brush is turned on or off using the switch located next to the power switch on the top of the tank. When the brush switch is on, the brush will start rotating when the unit is reclined. The brush should be on for most carpeted floors. You may want to turn the brush off for bare floor cleaning or other delicate surfaces.

Push the rocker switch “ON” (I) to turn the brush on, and “OFF” (O) to turn brush off.

Brush Auto Shut Off Feature

When your cleaner is in the upright position, the brush will not rotate. The brush will rotate only when the cleaner is in the reclined position and the brush switch is on.

Height Adjustments

There are seven height settings available for various floor surfaces. Turn the dial on the foot of the cleaner to the desired setting.

Lowest setting – for low pile carpet or bare floors. To pick up debris it may be necessary to move up one setting.

Medium settings – for medium pile carpet.

High setting – for high pile and most shag/frieze carpet.

Note: For optimal carpet cleaning performance, adjust to the lowest practical setting. If your cleaner is difficult to push, adjust to the next higher setting.

If the dial is difficult to turn, tilt the cleaner back slightly to take the weight off of the foot while turning.

Some Berber carpets have a tendency to fuzz with wear. Repeated strokes in the same area may aggravate this

condition. Consider setting your cleaner on a higher than normal setting for this type of carpet.

Brush Switch


Some Frieze carpets have long delicate fibers or threads that may be damaged by the rotating brush during vacuuming. It is recommended the rotating brush be turned OFF when cleaning this type of carpet.

While vacuuming, certain carpets and low humidity conditions may generate small static discharges.

The discharges are entirely harmless and are not associated in any way with the main power supply.


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Using the tools

Attach desired tool to hose for above floor cleaning surfaces or hard to reach areas.

1.Remove Hose: With vacuum in upright position, remove hose end from the suction inlet near the bottom of the vacuum by the wheel. Do not remove “tabbed” end of hose connected to the clear tank.

2.Attach tools by firmly pushing onto vacuum hose or extension wand.

2a. Dusting brush: Use brush side to dust furniture, blinds, lamps, shelves, and baseboards. 30C7 model only.

2b. Crevice Tool: Use in tight narrow spaces

2c. Extension Wand: Use with desired attachment for longer reach.

2d. TurboBrush® Tool: Use rotation brush action for small flat areas such as stairs,and furniture. Press gently down and pull towards you in raking motion, too much pressure will cause brush to stop rotating.

NOTE: Model 30C7T comes with the Pet TurboBrush® Tool and follows same operation instructions.

2e. Pet Contour Tool® (Included with 30C7T only): Use to reach into corners and edges on stairs as well as armrests and other curved surfaces. The tool can be flipped to use in any direction.








To avoid personal injury and to prevent the cleaner from falling when cleaning stairs, always place it at the bottom of the stairs.


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Empty dirty container

Empty the dirt container as soon as the dirt reaches the “full” line on the side of the container.

1. Unplug the vacuum from electrical outlet.



2.Slide the Lock 'n Seal Lever to the “Unlock” position.

3.Grasp the handle and pull the dirt container straight out to remove from the vacuum.

4.Empty dirt into garbage container.

NOTE: Emptying the dirt container after every use will help prevent over filling and ensure that the vacuum is ready to go the next time you clean.

Cleaning the dirt container

Additional steps can be taken to clean the dirt container as necessary.

1.Ensure dirt container has been emptied.

2.While the dirt container is still out of the unit, grasp the inner cyclone screen and twist counterclockwise until the locking tabs stop the rotation. Pull down the inner cyclone screen to remove it.

3.Clean the inner cyclone with a cloth or soft brush to remove dust or debris.

4.Wipe out the inside of the upper tank and the inner cyclone with a damp cloth moistened with water or a mild cleaning solution. Let completely dry before next use.


To reduce the risk of electric shock, turn power switch OFF and disconnect polarized plug from electrical outlet before performing maintenance or troubleshooting checks.

5. If desired, the lower dirt container may be2


washed in warm water. Make sure it is completely dry before reassembling.

Do not put in the dishwasher.

6. To reassemble, replace the inner cyclone screen by sliding it into the upper tank and rotating clockwise until the locking tabs stop the rotation. The inner cyclone screen is labeled front and back. When properly assembled the front graphic should face out.


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Maintenance and care

Cleaning the pre-motorfilter

The pre-motorfilter should be checked often and washed as needed to maintain performance. More or less frequent cleaning may be required based on individual vacuuming habits and types of debris picked up.

1. Unplug the vacuum from electrical outlet.


Do not operate cleaner with damp or wet filters or without all filters in place.


The pre-motorfilter protects the motor from



dirt particles. It is located in the slide out tray underneath the dirt container. If the filter becomes dirty, pull out the tray, lift out the foam filter pad and clean it.

Note: The pre-motorfilter may be hand washed in cold water with mild detergent. Rinse well and air dry thoroughly before replacing.

Replacing the post-motorfilter cartridge

The post-motorfilter assists in the filtration process to return clean air to the room. It is located under thepre-motorfilter tray. Unit must be reclined to locate thepost-motorfilter.

The post-motorfilter cartridge should be replaced if machine performance is noticeably declining.

More or less frequent replacing may 2 be required based on individual

vacuuming habits and types of debris picked up.

1.Recline the vacuum.

2.While holding the handle at a 60° angle, push the button on the top of the postmotor filter door to unlatch. Remove the door. Post motor filter door is located directly below the pre-motorfilter drawer.

3.If the filter is dirty, remove it and replace with a new filter.

4.Replace the post-motorfilter door.

Note: The post-motorfilter is a white, pleated filter. This filter is not washable and must be replaced when it becomes dirty.

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