Bissell 4220 User Manual
R E V O L U T I O N™
U S E R ’ S G U I D E
3 Safety Instructions
4 Product Diagram
15 Replacement Parts
15 Consumer Services
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Thanks For Buying A BISSELL
We’re glad you purchased a BISSELL Vacuum. Everything we know about floor care went into the design and construction of this powerful,
Your BISSELL Vacuum is well made, and we back it with a limited comprehensive
Thanks again, from all of us at BISSELL.
Mark J. Bissell
President and Chief Executive Officer
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
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.
the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury:
■Do not modify the polarized plug to fit a
■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.
■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.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FUTURE USE
THIS APPLIANCE HAS A POLARIZED PLUG.
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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Upper Tank Knob
Twist n' Snap Hose
Hose Grip Base
Do not plug in your vacuum
cleaner until you are familiar
with all instructions and
Upper Tank Filter
Dust Chamber with Screens
Lock ’n Seal®
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How To Use This Guide
This User’s Guide has been designed to help you get the most satisfaction from your BISSELL 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 product diagram, assembly instructions, and part names. Locate and organize all parts before assembly. Familiarize yourself with the parts and where they fit. Following this User’s Guide will greatly enhance your ability to get the most performance from your BISSELL Vacuum for many years.
How To Put It Together
Plastic film can be dangerous. To avoid danger of suffocation, keep away from babies and children.
The only tool you’ll need to assemble your vacuum cleaner is a screwdriver.
Attach Handle To Vacuum
1. Locate the vacuum Handle and remove the screw packet taped to the base of the Handle.
2.Stand the vacuum upright and slide the base of the Handle firmly into the grooves at the top of the vacuum body.
3.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.
4.Insert the two screws from the screw packet into the existing holes. Tighten securely with a screwdriver.
Attach Vacuum Hose and Tools
1.Position the Twist ‘n Snap Hose™ assembly on the vacuum and line up the tabs on the base of the hose
with the corresponding notches. Turn the Twist ‘n Snap Hose to the right to lock into place.
2. Slide the end of the Hose Grip onto the Hose Grip Base. Place the Hose into the Hose Clip.
NOTE: The Powerfoot will not operate effectively unless the Hose is firmly attached to the base.
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Attach Vacuum Hose and Tools Continued
3.Snap the Telescoping Extension Wand, Crevice Tool, and Combination Tool into storage clips as shown.
4.On Board TurboBrush® (Select Models Only)
The TurboBrush Bracket slides onto the Hanger on the front of the Handle. Attach the Bracket by aligning the slots with the rectangular part on the Hanger as shown and pulling down until it is locked into place.
Note: If you do not wish to store the TurboBrush on your
Place the TurboBrush in the Bracket by aligning the small holes near the brush roll with the tabs
at the bottom of the Bracket and snap the TurboBrush into place.
How To Use Your Vacuum
Power Switch/Brush Switch
The Power Switch is located just below the handle on the front of the Detachable Canister. Push the rocker switch “ON” (I) to vacuum, and “OFF” (O) when cleaning is complete.
The Brush Switch is located just below the handle on the front of the Detachable Canister next to the Power Switch. This switch turns the Rotating Brush on and off. The Brush Switch should be in the “ON” (I) position for normal carpet cleaning. You may want to turn the Brush Switch “OFF” (O) for bare floor cleaning or other delicate surfaces.
Note: Your BISSELL
1.Upright – For storage and above floor cleaning with tools.
2.Normal Cleaning – Press the Handle Release Pedal with your foot to recline.
Before using your vacuum, make sure that the Dirt Container and Upper Tank are in locked position and that all filters (Upper Tank,
Your vacuum features a
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Power Height Adjustment
The Powerfoot on your vacuum 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.
Before cleaning under low furniture, check area first for objects that might harm the unit or block the Vacuum Hose.
1.Place Handle in Upright Position.
2.Turn Height Adjustment Knob to desired setting.
For bare floors.
– For short and medium
For plush pile carpet.
NOTE: You may also adjust the setting while in the Normal Cleaning Position.
Your vacuum is not only a powerful floor
vacuum cleaner, it’s also a versatile stairs and above floor vacuum when you select one of the special tools.
Note: The tools can be used with the vacuum in the Upright Position or with the Detachable Canister.
1.Detach the Vacuum Hose by grasping the Hose Grip and lifting to separate from the Hose Grip Base.
2.Attach tools by firmly pushing onto Vacuum Hose or Telescoping Extension Wand.
Combination Dusting Brush/Upholstery 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, and baseboards.
■Use Upholstery side for curtains, draperies, cushions, fabrics.
Use in tight narrow spaces.
Telescoping Extension Wand:
Use with desired attachment for a longer reach.
To extend the Wand, twist the collar to “Unlock” position and push away from you. Twist the collar to the “Lock” position to lock into place. To retract, twist to unlock, pull toward you and twist to relock.
Stair Cleaning Tool (Select Models):
Use for stairs, area rugs, and other small carpeted areas. This tool can also be used for bare floors.
Note: The Stair Cleaning Tool does not store on board.
Always 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
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Special Tools Continued
TurboBrush® (Select Models):
Use rotating brush action for small areas such as stairs and upholstery.
Note: Press gently when using TurboBrush to gain maximum cleaning. Too much pressure could cause the brush to stop rotating.
Deluxe Bare Floor Tool (Select Models):
Use for bare floors. Swivel head turns to get into tight spaces and fits under cabinets.
Note: The Deluxe Bare Floor Tool does not store on board.
All items may not be included with your model. More tools are available; to order please refer to page 15.
Cleaning With The Detachable Canister
The Detachable Canister feature makes it possible to easily take the powerful cleaning action of your
Before detaching the Canister, your vacuum must be in its fully Upright Position. You do not need to turn off the power first.
1.Press the Release Button at the top of the Canister Handle and lift the Canister to remove.
2.Detach the Vacuum Hose from the Hose Grip Base at the back of the Canister.
3.Attach the desired tool(s) to the Hose Grip at the end of the Vacuum Hose.
4.When you’re done, remove the tool(s) and reconnect the Hose to the Hose Grip Base.
5.Return the Canister to the Powerfoot by aligning the “feet” on the front with the bumps on the foot of the Upright Vacuum. Push the Canister toward the vacuum frame until it “clicks” into place.
Clean Filter Indicator
Select Models Only
The Clean Filter Indicator tells you when airflow in
the vacuum is reduced due to dirty filters or a clog
in the hose. The Clean Filter Indicator will remain
green until the airflow is reduced. At that time, it
begins to change to red. When it is fully red, the
airflow is significantly reduced or blocked. Follow
the steps on pages 10
filters in the vacuum should be cleaned or replaced
when the Clean Filter Indicator turns red.
If the indicator remains red after all filters have
been cleaned, follow the steps on page 13 to
check for and clear clogs.
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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Select Models Only
The Shoulder Strap may be used while cleaning with the Detachable Canister.
1.To attach the Shoulder Strap, wrap the Velcro ends attached to the bottom of the strap securely around the Canister handle as shown. To obtain maximum strength, overlap the loose ends completely and press securely in place.
2.The plastic Buckle must be positioned on top of the canister handle as shown in the illustration.
3.The length of the strap may be adjusted as required for comfort.
To reduce the risk of the shoulder strap coming loose in operation follow these instructions.
Power Cord Storage
When you are done using your vacuum, return it to the Upright position and store the Power Cord.
1.Turn vacuum cleaner off (O).
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 the Canister.
4.Clip molded plug to Power Cord to secure.
While the vacuum is in use, warm air is emitted through the
Do not press the Release Button
To move your vacuum cleaner from room to room, put the
while using the Carrying Handle to
transport the vacuum cleaner. The
Handle in the Upright Position, tilt the cleaner back on its
Canister could detach causing
rear wheels and push forward.
the rest of the vacuum to fall.
The cleaner can also be moved by using the Carrying Handle
on the Detachable Canister.
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How to Maintain Your Vacuum
To maintain maximum cleaning performance, the following maintenance steps must be performed:
1.Empty the Dirt Container when the dirt reaches the “Full” line on the front.
2.Check the Upper Tank and
3.Replace the HEPA Media
NOTE: More frequent filter cleaning may be necessary if you are vacuuming new carpet, fine dust, or have allergy concerns.
Follow the instructions on the following pages to perform these simple maintenance steps.
Empty Dirt Container
To reduce the risk of electric shock, turn Power Switch OFF and disconnect polarized plug from electrical outlet before performing maintenance or troubleshooting checks.
For maximum cleaning performance, check and clean or replace all filters as suggested.
The Dirt Container needs to be emptied when the dirt reaches the “Full” line on the front of the Container.
Unplug cleaner from electrical outlet.
Slide the Lock ‘n Seal Lever to the “Unlock” position.
Grasp handle and pull the Dirt Container straight out to
remove from vacuum.
Empty dirt into garbage container.
Put the Dirt Container back in the vacuum and slide the lever 5. to the “Lock” position.
Note: The Screens may also be removed from the side Dust Chambers when you empty or clean the Dirt Container. The Screens are made to fit each Dust
Chamber. If they do not slide down completely, try in the opposite Dust Chamber. The Screens will also not fit if there is debris in the track.
The Dirt Container and Screens may be washed in warm water with a mild detergent. Make
sure they are completely dry before replacing.
Cleaning The Upper Tank & Filter
1.Unplug the cleaner from electrical outlet.
2.The Upper Tank Filter can be reached by removing the Dirt Container, reaching underneath the Upper Tank and turning the rim of the Filter Frame to unlock. Pull straight down to remove. Brush the dirt off the Louvers and Upper Tank Filter.
3.The foam Upper Tank Filter may be removed and hand washed in cold water with mild detergent. Rinse well then air dry thoroughly before replacing.
4.The Upper Tank and Louvers may also be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
Note: For easier access, the entire Upper Tank may be
removed by turning the knob on the back of the cleaner to
unlock and pulling the entire tank straight out.
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