Bissell 3522 User Manual

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U S E R ’ S G U I D E


3 Safety Instructions

4Product Diagram

5Assembly Instructions

6-7 Operation / Special Tools

7-10 Routine Maintenance

10-11 Troubleshooting

11 Replacement Parts

12 Consumer Services

12 Warranty

Thanks For Buying A BISSELL PowerForce®

We’re glad you purchased a BISSELL PowerForce Vacuum. Everything we know about floor care went into the design and construction of this powerful, high-techhome vacuuming system.

Your BISSELL PowerForce is well made, and we back it with a limited comprehensive one-yearwarranty. 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 PowerForce.

Thanks again, from all of us at BISSELL.

Mark J. Bissell

President and Chief Executive Officer



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


Always connect to a polarized outlet (left slot is wider 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 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.

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.

WARNING: The Power Cord on this product contains lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.WASH HANDS




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.


Crevice Tool



Twist ‘n SnapHose (Select Models)

Tool Storage


Hose Clip




Quick Release

Cord Wrap

Quick Reach® Handle



Brush Tool

Power Cord

Hose Wand

Suction Intake


Floor Surface






Do not plug in your vacuum


cleaner until you are familiar


with all instructions and


operating procedures.


Cord Clip

Power Switch

Bag Door

Bag Change


(Select Models)




(Select Models)




Furniture Protection


How To Use This Guide

This User’s Guide has been designed to help you get the utmost satisfaction from your BISSELL PowerForce. 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 product diagram, assembly instructions, and part names. Locate and organize all parts before assembly. Following this User’s Guide will greatly enhance your ability to get the most performance from your BISSELL PowerForce for many years.


Plastic film can be dangerous. To avoid danger of suffocation, keep away from babies and children.

How To Assemble

The only tool you’ll need to assemble your vacuum

cleaner is a screwdriver.


Attach Handle To Vacuum

1.Stand the vacuum upright and slide the base of the Handle firmly into the grooves at the top of the vacuum body.

2.Check to be sure the Handle is fitted to the vacuum body. If there is a gap in front, continue to push firmly until the Handle is flush.


Insert one screw from the assembly packet into the



existing hole in the back of the Handle. Tighten securely



with a screwdriver.






Attach Vacuum Hose and Tools

1.Position the Hose Assembly on the back of the vacuum as shown.

2.Attach the Hose Collar with two screws from the assembly packet. Tighten securely with a screwdriver.

3.Line up the tabs on the base of the Twist ‘n Snap Hose with the corresponding tab notches on the hose collar as shown. Turn the Twist ‘n Snap Hose to the left to lock the hose into place.

4.Grasping the Quick Reach® Handle, slide the end of the Hose Wand onto the Suction Intake Opening. Snap the Hose into the Hose Clip.

NOTE: The Powerfoot will not operate effectively unless the Hose Wand is firmly attached to the Suction Intake Opening.

5.Place the Crevice Tool inside the Extension Wand and slide them into the Storage Clip as shown.

6.Snap the Combination Upholstery/Dusting Brush Tool into the Storage Clip as shown.







How To Use Your BISSELL PowerForce

Handle Position

Press the Handle Release Pedal with your foot to place your BISSELL PowerForce into one of three cleaning positions.

1. UprightFor storage and above floor cleaning with special tools.

2. Normal CleaningPress Handle Release Pedal once. Use for most household floor cleaning tasks.

3. Low CleaningWith the vacuum in normal cleaning position press Handle Release Pedal again. Use for reaching under low furniture such as tables, chairs and beds.

Powerfoot Height Adjustment


Before cleaning under low furniture, check area first for objects that might harm the unit or block the Vacuum Hose.

The Powerfoot/Rotating Floor Brush on your BISSELL PowerForce can be adjusted to clean several floor surfaces.

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

1.Place Handle in Upright Position.

2.Turn Floor Surface Selector to desired setting. Lowest Setting - For bare floors.

Medium Settings - For short and medium pile carpets.Highest Setting - For plush pile or Berber carpet.

3.Place the Handle into the Normal Cleaning position and the Powerfoot will adjust to the setting chosen.

NOTE: You may also adjust the setting while in the Normal Cleaning Position.

Special Tools

Your BISSELL PowerForce is not only a powerful carpet and rug vacuum cleaner, it’s also a versatile above floor vacuum cleaner when you select one of the special tools.

1.Raise Handle to Upright Position.

2.Grasp the Quick Reach Handle and lift up to separate from suction intake opening.

3.Attach tools by firmly pushing onto Hose Wand or Extension Wand.



The Rotating Floor Brush continues to rotate while tools are in use. To reduce the risk of injury

from moving parts, always move the vacuum cleaner with the Carrying Handle at the back of the cleaner. Always place vacuum cleaner on floor with Handle in Upright position when using tools. Never place your fingers under the vacuum cleaner when it is running. Never place Powerfoot on furniture or uneven surfaces. Do not place vacuum cleaner close enough to objects to pull them into rotating brush.


Hair, string and small objects can block the Vacuum Hose or Tools. Check them occasionally for obstructions. See Troubleshooting

Guide for instructions.

Special Tools Continued

Combination Upholstery/Dusting Brush Tool:

Two types of cleaning tools are included in one attachment: rotate for desired tool.

Use Brush side to dust furniture, blinds, books, lamps, shelves.

Use Upholstery side for curtains, draperies, cushions, fabrics.

Crevice Tool:

Use in tight narrow spaces.

Extension Wand:

Use with desired attachments for a longer reach.

NOTE: When using the Hose for above floor cleaning, make sure the Powerfoot does not tilt forward.

Power Cord

When you are done using your BISSELL PowerForce, return it to the Upright position and store the Power Cord.

1.Turn vacuum cleaner OFF.

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 vacuum cleaner.

4.Clip molded plug to Power Cord to secure.

Routine Maintenance

To maintain maximum performance from your BISSELL PowerForce, perform these simple maintenance checks.

Bag Change Indicator

Select BISSELL PowerForce models are equipped with a Bag Change Indicator.This indicator monitors the airflow through the Dust Bag and turns red to indicate a reduction or blockage.The following conditions may cause it to become completely red.

1.Dust Bag is full; change the bag.

2.Dust Bag is clogged with fine materials; change the bag.

3.Clog in the vacuum; clear the clog.


Your BISSELL PowerForce features a Quick ReleaseCord Wrap. To remove the Power Cord quickly and easily, rotate the Upper Cord Wrap towards floor, and slip Power Cord from Upper and Lower Cord Wraps.


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


Vacuuming new carpet or fine powders may clog the Dust Bag, causing the Bag Change Indicator to turn red even though the Dust Bag does not appear to be full. Change the Dust Bag to restore maximum performance.

Bag Change




Replace Dust Bag

Never reuse a Dust Bag.

Use only BISSELL Style 7 Dust Bags in your BISSELL PowerForce. Style 7 EnviroFresh® Micro Filtration Dust Bags (# 30861) Style 7 Dust Bags (# 32120).

1.Unplug cleaner from electrical outlet.

2.Pull the Bag Door outward to open. Set Bag Door aside.

3.Grasp Dust Bag Collar, and pull Collar from Connector Tube. Discard used Dust Bag.

4.Grasp new Dust Bag Collar and push firmly onto Connector Tube. Tuck in Dust Bag.

5.Replace Bag Door by placing tab on bottom of door into opening as shown. Press top of door to snap securely shut.

NOTE: Vacuum will not suction while the Bag Door is removed.

Cleaning Pre-Motor&Post-MotorFilter

Use only BISSELL Replacement Filters in your BISSELL PowerForce. Filter Kit (#203-1089)

1.Unplug cleaner from electrical outlet.

2.The Pre-MotorFilter, located in the bottom of the bag compartment, protects the motor from dirt particles. If filter becomes dirty, lift out filter and clean.

3.The Post-MotorFilter assists in the filtration process to return clean air to the room. To remove this filter, open the door on the side of the cleaner. Grasp filter and pull it straight out.

4.The filters may be hand washed in cold water with mild detergent, then air dried.

5.Reposition filters when completely dry.






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

Check Rotating Floor Brush and Drive Belt

You should check your vacuum cleaner’s Rotating Floor Brush and Drive Belt regularly for wear or damage. You should also clean the brush and brush ends of string, hair, and carpet fibers. These can wrap around the brush and hamper its ability to effectively clean your carpet. Also remove any debris that has accumulated under the brush cover.

1.Unplug cleaner from electrical outlet.

2.Place handle in Low position and turn vacuum cleaner over so bottom side is up.

3.Remove the four screws as shown with a Phillips head screwdriver. Lift the Brush Cover off.

4.Grasp Rotating Floor Brush at both ends and lift.


To reduce the risk of injury from moving parts, turn off vacuum cleaner and disconnect Power Plug from electrical outlet.





Check Rotating Floor Brush and Drive Belt Continued

5.Clean strings, hair and other debris from Rotating Floor Brush, paying particular attention to brush ends.

6.Clean strings, hair and other debris from Motor Pulley and Drive Belt areas.

7.Check Drive Belt carefully for wear, cuts or stressed areas. Replace if worn.

8.Check Air Passageway for obstructions. Remove debris from this area.



Air Passageway

Replace Drive Belt

Use only BISSELL Style 7 Replacement Belts (#32074) in your BISSELL PowerForce.

1. Unplug cleaner from electrical outlet.

2. With Rotating Floor Brush removed from vacuum cleaner (Steps1-4of Check Rotating Floor Brush and Drive Belt), grasp old Drive Belt and remove from Motor Pulley. Discard old Drive Belt.


Place new Drive Belt over Motor Pulley and stretch other end



over Rotating Floor Brush in the space between the bristles.



Place ends of Rotating Floor Brush down into slots on sides



as shown.

Press here



5.Turn Rotating Floor Brush by hand several times in direction of Motor Pulley. If properly installed, Drive Belt will center itself.

6. Reposition Brush Cover and four screws. Tighten screws securely. Make sure end of Brush Cover is snapped into place.

Replace Light Bulb

(Select Models)

Use only BISSELL Replacement Bulbs in your BISSELL PowerForce.

1. Unplug cleaner from electrical outlet.

2.Using a Phillips head screwdriver, remove the two screws as shown and lift off the lens.

3.Determine the light bulb type of your vacuum:

Standard Bulb (#203-1297)– approximately 1" long, flat end.

Large Bulb (#203-1007)– approximately 2" long, round end.

4.Standard Bulb – remove the bulb from the socket by grasping bulb and pulling straight out. Install the new bulb by pushing

it gently into the socket until the bulb snaps into place

Large Bulb – remove the bulb from the socket by pushing in gently and turning it towards brush. Install the new bulb by pushing it gently into the socket and turning away from the brush.

5. Reposition lens and secure with the two screws.

Small Bulb



Large Bulb


Clearing Clogs


The Hose on the back of the vacuum cleaner that carries


the dirt from the Powerfoot to the Dust Bag can sometimes

become clogged. If you notice a change in the sound of the


vacuum motor, check for clogs.


1. Unplug cleaner from electrical outlet.


2. Pull the Bag Door outward to open and set aside. Remove the


Dust Bag to check the Suction Inlet for a clog.


3. Grasp the Quick Reach Handle and lift up to separate from


the Suction Intake Opening. Check for a clog in the Base, the


Wand or the Hose.


For models with the Twist ‘n Snap Hose.


Release the hose from the vacuum by turning to


the right. Straighten the hose and unclog with a long,


narrow object.


4. If the clog persists, turn the vacuum cleaner OFF and unplug


it. Remove the Brush Cover. Check the Air Passageway for

Air Passageway

obstructions. Remove debris from this area. Reposition

Brush Cover and four screws. Tighten screws securely.


Make sure end of Brush Cover is snapped into place.






To reduce the risk of


injury from moving parts


and/ or electrical shock,


turn Power Switch OFF


and disconnect polarized


plug from electrical outlet


before performing

Vacuum cleaner won’t run

troubleshooting checks.

Possible Causes



Power cord not firmly plugged in


Check electrical plug.


Blown fuse/tripped breaker


Check/Replace fuse or reset breaker.

Vacuum cleaner won’t pick up dirt



Possible Causes



Incorrect Height Adjustment


Adjust Powerfoot to correct height setting.


Hose not attached to suction opening


Grasp Hose Grip and firmly push onto




the base.


Twist 'n Snap Hose not securely attached


Make sure Twist 'n Snap Hose is snapped




into the locked position.




Dust Bag is Full


Replace with new Dust Bag.

Rotating Floor Brush bristles worn


Replace brush.

Rotating Floor Brush jammed


Remove brush and clean debris from



brush ends.

7 Clog in vacuum

7 Follow instructions for clearing clogs.