Bissell 3101-0 User Manual
Thanks for buying a BISSELL EASY VAC™ Bare Floor Vacuum System.
We’re glad you purchased a BISSELL EASY VAC™ Bare 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 VAC™ is well made, and we back it with a comprehensive
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
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
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
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FUTURE USE.
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
Floor Nozzle Surface Adjustment
Bottom View - Floor Nozzle
5’ Stretch Hose
How to use this guide
This User’s Guide has been designed to help you get the utmost satisfaction from your BISSELL EASY VAC™ Bare 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 VAC™ for many years.
Your EASY VAC™ comes in four, easy to assemble components. No tools are needed.
Detachable Canister Handle
Lightweight Detachable Canister
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
EASY VAC™ assembly 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
right or left, and slip Power Cord from Upper
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.
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.
1. Move the lever on the Floor Nozzle to
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 VAC™ is 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.
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
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 VAC™ features 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 VAC™ off 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
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.
carpet or fine
powders such as
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
the room. This process enhances the vacuum path while
out or replace
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 VAC™ Model
4. EASY VAC™ PLUS Model
3M Filtrete™ Filter. To keep your cleaner operating at peak
efficiency and to remove irritating allergens from your
home, you should change the FILTRETE™ filter every six
months. Use only BISSELL Style 6, #32046 Filters [package
of 2]. 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
BISSELL Consumer Services
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. — 7 p.m.
9 a.m. — 2 p.m.
FILTRETE™ Filter for
■or from the BISSELL website — http://www.bissell.com
the risk of injury from moving
parts, and/or electrical shock,
turn Power Switch OFF (position
“ ”) and disconnect polarized
plug from electrical outlet
Vacuum cleaner won’t run.
Vacuum cleaner is not plugged in
Check electrical plug
Check/replace fuse or reset breaker switch
Call BISSELL Consumer Services
Vacuum cleaner won’t pick up dirt.
Dirt Cup is full
Empty Dirt Cup
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
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
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. — 7 p.m. EST Saturday 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. EST
Or visit our Website @ http://www.bissell.com
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
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 http://www.bissell.com 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
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. — 7 p.m. EST Saturday 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. EST
Visit our web site at http://www.bissell.com
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.
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