Bissell 3554 User Manual

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User’s Guide

Model 3554

Lift-OffUpright Vacuum

& Detachable Canister





Thanks for buying a BISSELL Lift-OffUpright Vacuum.

We’re glad you purchased a BISSELL Lift-OffUpright Vacuum & Detachable Canister. Everything we know about floor care went into the design and construction of this powerful, innovative home vacuuming system.

Your BISSELL Lift-Offis 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 BISSELLLift-Off.

Thanks again, from all of us at BISSELL.

Mark J. Bissell

President and Chief Executive Officer

Powerful 12.0 amp twin motor system

Detachable canister

FiltreteVacuum Filter System from 3M

Wide 14” cleaning path

Self-adjuststo all floor surfaces

5 specialized tools for all vacuuming needs


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

Read all instructions before using your

upright. 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 non-polarizedoutlet 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 carry the vacuum cleaner while it is running

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

Do not use without Vacuum Bag and/or filters in place

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

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 flammable or combustible materials (lighter fluid, gasoline, kerosene, etc.) or use in the presence of explosive liquids or vapor

Do not pickup toxic material (chlorine bleach, ammonia, drain cleaner, gasoline, 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 use for any purpose other than described in this User’s Guide

Use only manufacturer’s recommended attachments

Use only on dry, indoor surfaces

Keep openings free of dust, lint, hair, etc.

Keep appliance on a level surface

Turn off all controls before plugging or unplugging vacuum cleaner

Be extra careful when cleaning stairs

Pay close attention when working around children



To reduce the risk of electric shock, this appliance has a polarized plug (one blade is larger 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.










Cord Wrap

Upper Cord Wrap

Lift-OffRelease Latch

35’ Power Cord

5’ Clear


Vacuum Hose

Lower Cord Wrap

On/Off Switch

Handle Release Pedal

Canister Door

FiltreteFiltration Exhaust Filter from 3M


Wide Beam Headlamp

Furniture Protection Guard


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.





Canister (Detachable)



Chassis Unit


How to use this guide

This User’s Guide has been designed to help you get the most satisfaction from your BISSELL Lift-OffUpright Vacuum & Detachable Canister. 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 most performance from your BISSELL Lift-Offfor many years.

How to put it together

No tools are required to assemble your


Attach Vacuum Body to Powerfoot

1. Remove protective plastic film from Powerfoot and Handle and dispose.

Place Powerfoot on floor with rotating floor brush on 2. floor surface.

Place Handle on Chassis as shown and push down firmly. You 3. will hear a ‘click’ when the three tabs on the Handle lock into

matching openings on the Chassis.


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

Assembly is now complete.



Special tools for every job

Dusting Brush

Crevice Tool

Upholstery Nozzle


Your BISSELL Lift-Offis not only a powerful carpet and

rug vacuum cleaner, it’s also a versatile above floor vacuum cleaner when you select one of the five special tools included. Tools may be used with the Detachable Canister on or off the Powerfoot/Chassis.

Dusting Brush - For dusting surfaces such as table tops, mantles, lamp shades, drapes, woodwork, etc.

Wands - For extra length or reach.

Crevice Tool - For tight, narrow spaces.

Upholstery Nozzle - For small area vacuuming such as upholstered household furniture, automobile interiors,

drapery, etc.



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

How to use your

BISSELL Lift-Off . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Cleaning carpet, rugs

or bare floors . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Routine maintenance . . . . 8 -11Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . .12 Replacement parts . . . . . . . . .13 Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Consumer Service . . . . . . . . .14

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

obstructions. See Troubleshooting Guide for instructions.


How to use your BISSELL Lift-Off

Power Cord Quick Release

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

1. Unclip polarized plug from Power Cord.

2Rotate the Upper Cord Hook one-halfturn right or left, and slip Power Cord from Upper and Lower Cord Wraps.

3.Plug in the Power Cord Plug into a polarized outlet.

4.To keep the Power Cord out of your way while cleaning, place it in the Cord Hook, located near the top of the Handle.

Power Switch

The Power Switch is located just below the carry handle on the Detachable Canister. Push the rocker switch “ON” to vacuum, and “OFF” when cleaning is complete.

NOTE: This unit is equipped with a special internal switch that turns the rotating brush off whenever the unit is inthe upright position.



Cord Power

Wrap Switch


Cleaning carpet, rugs or bare floors

Handle Release Pedal

Press the Handle Release Pedal with your foot to change your Lift-Offfrom full upright/above floor cleaning position to normal carpet cleaning position, or for low cleaning under beds and low furniture. Always store or transport in the full upright position, rolling the cleaner on rear wheels only.

Cleaning with the Detachable Canister

The Detachable Canister feature makes it possible to take the powerful cleaning action of your BISSELL Lift-Offto stairways, auto interiors, or otherhard-to-reachareas of your home.

Before detaching the Canister, your Lift-Offmust be in its fully upright position. You do not need to turn off the power first.

1.Press the Lift-OffRelease Latch at the back of the Chassis and lift the Canister to remove.

2.Detach the Vacuum Hose from the port at the back of the PowerFoot.

3.Press fit the desired tool to the end of the Vacuum Hose.

4.When you’re done, return the Canister to the Powerfoot/Chassis by sliding it straight down the Chassis over the power port and remove the tool used.

The Lift-OffLatch will lock the Canister in place. Reconnect the Hose to

the vacuum port.


place vacuum cleaner on floor in its fully upright position, and make sure it is locked into place before removing Canister or when using tools. Placing the Lift-Offin its full upright positionautomatically stops the rotating brush, and the headlight will turn off.


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

Powercord Storage

When you are done cleaning, return your Lift-Offto 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 the side

of Canister.

4.Clip molded plug to Power Cord to secure.


Routine maintenance

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


reduce the risk of injury from moving parts, and/or electrical shock, turn Power Switch OFF and disconnect polarized plug from electrical outlet before servicing.

For average household use, follow this maintenance schedule:

Every Week:

Check the Filtrete Vacuum Filter Bag (page 8)


and Filtrete Exhaust Filter (page 10)

Every Month:

Check the Drive Belt and Rotating Brush (page 9)

Every 6 Months:

Replace the Filtrete Exhaust Filter (page 10)




Vacuuming new carpet or fine powders such as drywall dust can rapidly fill the Vacuum Bag, so check it

more frequently.


Replace Vacuum Bag

To maintain peak vacuum efficiency, you should check the Filtrete Vacuum Filter Bag weekly, and replace it when it is no more than three-quarters full.

Never reuse a Vacuum Bag.

1.Remove front canister panel by pressing Panel Latch, as shown. Pull panel forward to remove.

2.If bag is three-quartersfull (or more), place your fingers behind the collar and gently slide it from the dirt tube. Discard the Vacuum Bag.

3.Press the Handle Release Pedal and lower cleaner to fully reclined position (laying the handle on the floor).

4.Fold top of new bag forward and grasp both sides of the cardboard collar with your hand. Put your fingers through the hole in the collar to create an opening for the dirt tube.

5.Match the bag with the tabs at the back of the Canister, and angle to place the collar under the tabs.

6.Gently push the bag onto the dirt tube until the entire collar touches the back of the Canister.

7.Position canister panel so bottom tabs fit into slots. Push panel closed until it snaps into place.

Replacement Bags

Use only BISSELL Style 4 bag made with Filtretetechnology from 3M (#32031, package of 2) in your BISSELL Upright Vacuum Cleaner.

You may purchase the Bag at your local retailer,

with the order form in this User’s Guide, or by calling

BISSELL Consumer Services


Monday - Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. EST Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. EST or from the BISSELL website –

Check Rotating Floor Brush and Drive Belt

Check the Drive Belt and Rotating Floor Brush regularly for wear or damage. You should also remove string, hair, and carpet fibers from the Brush and Brush ends. These can wrap around the brush and hamper its ability to effectively clean your carpet.

1.Unplug the unit, then press Handle Release Pedal to position cleaner in full recline position.

2.Turn entire cleaner over to expose bottom of Powerfoot.

3. Using a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen the two screws that secure the Brush Cover.

4.Remove the Brush Cover and check the Belt for damage or wear, and the Brush for debris.

5.Check Belt carefully for wear, cuts or stressed areas. Inspect entire Belt by rolling Floor Brush with the palm of your hand several times in the direction of the motor pulley.

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

Replace Drive Belt

1.Grasp the Brush at both ends and lift up.

2.Slide old Belt to clear motor pulley, remove Belt, and discard.

3.Loop new Belt over motor shaft and stretch other end over crown of Floor Brush.

4.Place Belt end of Brush into its slot and hold it in place with your hand, while slowly pulling opposite end of Brush down into its slot with your right hand.

5.Turn Brush by hand several times in direction of pulley. If properly installed, the Belt will center itself on brush crown.

6.Replace Brush Cover. Be sure to align and insert front edge of Brush Cover and secure with screws.

Replacement Belts

Use only BISSELL Replacement Belt (#32035, package of 2) in your BISSELL Upright Vacuum Cleaner. You may purchase these Belts:

at your local retailer.

with the order form in this User’s Guide. or by calling

BISSELL Consumer Services


Monday - Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. EST Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. EST or from the BISSELL website –


Check/Replace FiltreteExhaust Filter

To keep your Lift-Offoperating at peak efficiency and to remove irritating allergens from your home, you should change the Filtrete Exhaust Filter from 3M every six months. Theself-containedfilter easily pulls outward from the top, and the new one snaps into place.

Replacement Filter

Use only BISSELL Style 4 Filtrete Exhaust Filter (#32032, package of 1) in your BISSELL Upright Vacuum Cleaner. You may purchase the filter:

at your local retailer,

with the order form in this User’s Guide, or by calling

BISSELL Consumer Services


Monday - Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. EST Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. EST or from the BISSELL website –