Bissell 3101-0 User Manual

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User’s Guide

Models 3101-0EASY VAC

Models 3102-0EASY VACPLUS





Thanks for buying a BISSELL EASY VACBare Floor Vacuum System.

We’re glad you purchased a BISSELL EASY VACBare Floor and Carpet vacuum. Everything we know about floor care went into the design and construction of this convenient, innovative home vacuuming system.

Your EASY VACis well made, and we back it with a comprehensiveone-yearwarranty. We also stand behind it with a knowledgeable, dedicated Consumer Service 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 EASY VAC.

Thanks again, from all of us at BISSELL.

Mark J. Bissell

President and Chief Executive Officer

Detachable Canister Vacuum

Bare Floor and Carpet Cleaning

5’ Stretch Hose

Crevice Tool


WARNING: When using an electrical appliance, basic precautions should be observed, including the following:Read all instructions before using your vacuum cleaner. Always connect to a polarized outlet (left slot is larger than right). Unplug from outlet when not in use and before conducting maintenance.

WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury do not use outdoors or on wet surfaces.

Do not modify the polarized plug to fit a nonpolarized outlet or extension cord

Do not leave vacuum cleaner when it is plugged in

Do not perform maintenance when vacuum cleaner is plugged in

Do not use with damaged cord or plug

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

Do not pull or carry by cord, use cord as a handle, close door on cord, pull cord around sharp corners, run vacuum cleaner over cord, or expose cord to heated surfaces

If appliance is not working as it should, has been dropped, damaged, left outdoors or dropped into water, return it to a Service Center

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

Do not handle vacuum cleaner or plug with wet hands

Do not put any object into ventilation openings, use with blocked opening or restrict air flow

Do not use without filters in place

Do not expose hair, loose clothing, fingers or body parts to openings

Do not pick up hot coals, cigarette butts, matches or any hot or burning objects

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

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

Do not use to pick up flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline, or use in areas where they may be present

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 use for any purpose other than described in this User’s Guide

Use only manufacturer’s recommended Nozzles and replacement parts

Use only on dry, indoor surfaces

Keep openings free of dust, lint, hair, etc

Turn off all controls before plugging or unplugging vacuum cleaner

Be extra careful when cleaning stairs

Pay close attention when working around children


WARNING: 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.


Handle Release Buttons



Cord Wrap

Crevice Tool






Crevice Tool




Hose Port

Dirt Cup

Floor Nozzle Surface Adjustment

Floor Brush

Bottom View - Floor Nozzle

Cord Hook


Canister Handle


Hose Clip

5’ Stretch Hose





Floor Nozzle


How to use this guide

This User’s Guide has been designed to help you get the utmost satisfaction from your BISSELL EASY VACBare Floor and Carpet Vacuum. You’ll find assembly and operating instructions, safety precautions, as well as maintenance and troubleshooting instructions.

Please read this Guide thoroughly before assembling your vacuum cleaner. Pay particular attention to the assembly diagram, assembly instructions, and part names. Locate and organize all parts before assembly. Familiarize yourself with the parts and where they go. Following this User’s Guide will greatly enhance your ability to get the best performance from your BISSELL EASY VACfor many years.

Your EASY VACcomes in four, easy to assemble components. No tools are needed.

Detachable Canister Handle

Lightweight Detachable Canister

Floor Nozzle

Crevice Tool

How to put it together

1. Attach Upright Handle to Canister Vacuum

Gently slide Handle over square end of Canister Vacuum, pushing until buttons on Canister snap into place in opening on Handle. The Handle is designed to attach and disassemble easily as you switch from upright to canister style cleaning.


Do not plug in your vacuum cleaner until you have completely assembled it per the following instructions and are familiar with all instructions and operating procedures.

2. Attach Floor Nozzle to Canister Vacuum

Grasp Floor Nozzle with one hand, while holding Canister Vacuum firmly with the other. With firm, even pressure, press Floor Nozzle into round opening at end of Canister Vacuum. Continue pressing gently but firmly until Floor Nozzle can go no further. As with the Upright Handle, the Floor Nozzle is designed to attach and disassemble easily as you switch from level floor to tool style cleaning.

3. Attach Crevice Tool to Tool Clip

Slide narrow end of Crevice Tool over angled post on the side of the Canister, then press round end of Tool into semi-circulargrip located just below the Quick Release Cord Wrap.

EASY VACassembly is now complete.


How to use your BISSELL EASY VAC

Power Cord Quick Release

The Power Cord is stored at the side of the Canister, looped around two Cord Wraps. A molded clip on the polarized plug allows it to be clipped to the Power Cord during storage.

1.Remove the plastic plug guard and dispose or recycle it.

2.Unclip polarized plug from Power Cord.

3. Rotate the Upper Cord Wrap one-halfturn

Upper and

right or left, and slip Power Cord from Upper

Lower Cord


and Lower Cord Wraps.



4.Connect Power Cord Plug with a polarized outlet.

5.To keep the Power Cord out of your way while

cleaning, place it in the cord hook at the top/back of the handle.

Power Switch

The Power Switch is located just below the hand grip. Move the switch to position “” [down] to vacuum, and “” [up] to turn unit off when cleaning is complete.

Upright floor cleaning

Floor Nozzle Adjustment

You can adjust the brush on the underside of the Floor Nozzle to clean

bare floors or carpeted areas.

Floor Nozzle

1. Move the lever on the Floor Nozzle to

Adjustment Lever

the left (


) for bare floor vacuuming,




and the brush will adjust to slight


variations in floor height.


2.Move the lever to the right ( ) and the brush will lock in position for more effective cleaning of carpeted surfaces.

Cleaning with the Canister

Your BISSELL EASY VACis not only a convenient upright bare floor and carpet cleaner, it’s also a versatile floor/above floor vacuum cleaner when you detach the lightweight canister.

Floor Cleaning

1.Detach the Upright Handle by pressing your thumb and forefinger on the lock buttons on Canister (using a “pinching” motion) while gently pulling Handle off square end of Canister.

2.For floor surface cleaning, use the Floor Nozzle, following the surface adjustment instructions.

3.For edge cleaning or cleaning small areas, you need only to:

Detach the Hose from the Hose Port at the bottom/ back of the Canister. Press the lock button and pull the Hose from the Port, then insert the Crevice Tool into the end of the Hose. The Crevice Tool also can be placed in the round opening of the canister for added versatility.


Safety instructions . . . . . . . . . .2 Product view . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 How to put it together . . . . . . .4 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

How to use your

BISSELL EASY VAC. . . . . . .5-6Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Replacement parts . . . . . . . . . .9 Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Consumer services . . . . . . . . . .10


Cleaning with the Canister - continued


Before cleaning under low furniture, check for objects that might block the vacuum hose. Do not pick up hard or sharp objects such as glass, nails, screws, coins, paper clips, etc.

Above Floor Cleaning

For quick and easy above floor cleaning:

1.Detach the Hose from the Hose Port at the bottom/back of the Canister. Press the lock button and pull the Hose from the Port, then insert the Crevice Tool into the end of the Hose.

To resume normal floor vacuuming:

1.Remove Crevice Tool and store in Crevice Tool Clip.

2.Reconnect Hose to the Hose Port, making certain it is locked fully in place.

3.Attach Floor Nozzle and Upright Handle, following instructions in “How To Put It Together,” page 4.

Emptying the Dirt Cup

Your EASY VACfeatures a translucent plastic Dirt Cup, so you can easily see when it needs to be emptied. For best performance, empty when debris reaches halfway up the cup.

1.Press the lock button down and forward (away from the Canister Handle) while lifting the upper portion of the Dirt Cup away from the Canister.

2.Grasp the Filter frame and pull it straight from the Cup. Empty the Cup, and check both the filter and the Cup for cleanliness and damage. You may wash the Cup with warm (not hot) water and mild liquid dish soap only. Rinse and dry thoroughly before reattaching it.

3.If the surface of the filter looks dirty or discolored, now’s the time to clean or

replace it. To clean the filter, remove any debris still clinging to the filter. After a time, it will be necessary to replace your filter. See “Routine Maintenance” for instructions.

4.With filter in place at the top of the Cup,* place the small tab at the bottom of the Canister cavity, then press the upper portion of the Cup into place until the lock button can easily be pushed back into position.

*Push filter down tight to ensure gasket is in place.

Power Cord Storage

When you are done using your BISSELL EASY VAC,store the Power Cord.

1.Turn EASY VACoff by moving switch to “ ” position.

2.Unplug Power Cord by grasping the polarized plug [NOT the cord) and disconnect from outlet.

3.Loop Power Cord around Cord Wraps on side of cleaner, making certain Quick Release Cord Hook is pointed up toward the Handle.

4.Clip molded plug to Power Cord to secure.















To maintain maximum performance from your EASY VAC,











perform these simple maintenance checks periodically.











reduce the risk of electric








shock, turn Power Switch


For average household use, follow this maintenance schedule:





OFF and disconnect






polarized plug from



Check the debris level in the Dirt Cup and





electrical outlet before






performing maintenance.



empty if necessary.














Check the filter for wear and tear.














Remove debris from the filter. It may also





be necessary to use and old toothbrush to




clean off any debris. Replace as needed.



Vacuuming new





carpet or fine





powders such as

Replace Filter




drywall dust may




clog the filter, so

As you vacuum, dirt and debris are deposited in the Dirt Cup


check it more

while air passes through the filter before being returned to


frequently. Shake

the room. This process enhances the vacuum path while

out or replace

as necessary.

dramatically reducing dust, dirt, and potential allergens from


the air you breathe. Replacing the filter periodically enhances


vacuum power and air quality. To replace the filter:


1.Remove the Dirt Cup.

2.Grasp the filter frame and pull it straight from the Cup. Empty the Cup.

3.Replace the filter. Push new filter into place at the top of the Cup, place the small tab at the bottom of the Cup into the slot at the bottom of the Canister cavity, then press the upper portion of the Cup into place until the lock button snaps into place. Use only BISSELL Style 6, #32047 Filters [package of 2] in your BISSELL EASY VACModel3101-0.

4. EASY VACPLUS Model#3102-0features a high efficiency

Filter for EASY-VAC Model3101-0

3M FiltreteFilter. To keep your cleaner operating at peak



efficiency and to remove irritating allergens from your



home, you should change the FILTRETEfilter every six



months. Use only BISSELL Style 6, #32046 Filters [package



of 2]. The cup-shapedfilter lifts out from the top of the



Dirt Cup, and the new one fits into place.



You may purchase these filters:

at your local retailer

with the order form in this User’s Guide

by calling

BISSELL Consumer Services 1-800-237-7691

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. — 7 p.m.



9 a.m. — 2 p.m.


FILTRETEFilter forEASY-VAC PLUS Model3102-0

or from the BISSELL website —






WARNING:To reduce





the risk of injury from moving





parts, and/or electrical shock,





turn Power Switch OFF (position





“ ”) and disconnect polarized





plug from electrical outlet





before performing





troubleshooting checks.


Vacuum cleaner won’t run.










Possible Causes




Vacuum cleaner is not plugged in

Check electrical plug


Household fuse/breaker

Check/replace fuse or reset breaker switch



Call BISSELL Consumer Services

Vacuum cleaner won’t pick up dirt.






Possible Causes




Dirt Cup is full

Empty Dirt Cup


Filter dirty

Check and remove debris. Replace if necessary


Hose not secure in Hose Nozzle

Check fit and tighten


Dirt Cup not sealed against Canister

Open Dirt Cup, then press firmly until you



hear lock button snap into place


Vacuum path clogged

Visually check: (1) Floor Nozzle, (2) Hose Port,



(3) Crevice Tool and (4) Hose for hair, pine



needles, small toys, large pieces of paper that



may be obstructing the vacuum path.



Carefully remove blockage


Part Numbers and Descriptions

Item Part No. Part Name


010-0031Crevice Tool

2010-0032Filter (Polyester Fiber, 2/package)

3010-0033Filter (FILTRETE,2/package)

4010-0034Dirt Cup (Blue) EASY VAC

5010-0035Dirt Cup (Purple) EASY VACPLUS

6010-0036Upright Handle

7010-0037Floor Nozzle


010-0038Floor Strip Brush


NOTE: Not all attachments pictured are included with every model, but they are available.

To order replacement parts or additional attachments call:

BISSELL Consumer Services 1-800-237-7691

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. — 7 p.m. EST Saturday 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. EST

Or visit our Website @

Please have your model and part numbers of unit ready.

2 & 3


4 & 5




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, call BISSELL Consumer Services.

One Year Warranty

BISSELL Inc., upon receipt of the product, will repair or replace, free of charge, any part which is defective or malfunctioning within one year of the purchase date, provided that it is used for personal and not commercial or rental service. If the vacuum cannot be repaired, BISSELL Inc. will replace the product or refund the full price, at your option.

If your BISSELL product should require service:

1.Call BISSELL Consumer Services at 1-800-237-7691and we will give you the name and address of an authorized BISSELL Service Center in your area.

2.If there is not an authorized BISSELL Service Center in your area, one of our Service Representatives will be happy to assist you. You can also visit the BISSELL website at to locate a Service Center near you.

The product should be returned with a photocopy of your proof of purchase. (Your dated sales receipt is your warranty - send a photocopy, not the original.)

Insure the product when shipping for your protection from loss.

BISSELL Consumer Services

For information about repairs or replacement parts, or questions about your warranty, call:

BISSELL Consumer Services 1-800-237-7691

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. — 7 p.m. EST Saturday 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. EST

Visit our web site at

Or write:


PO Box 3606

Grand Rapids MI 49544

ATTN: Consumer Services

When contacting BISSELL, have model number of unit available. Please record your Model Number: ___________________

Please record your Purchase Date: ___________________

NOTE: Please keep your original sales receipt. It is your warranty.

©1998 BISSELL Inc Grand Rapids, Michigan

All rights reserved. Printed in China. Part Number 010-0039

Rev 12/98

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