Visit any large discount or home improvement store and you will find a variety of brands and models of steam cleaners. From portable cleaners, such as the Bissell Green Carpet Cleaner, to full-sized cleaners, such as the Hoover Steam Vac, there is sure to be one that fits your needs. On occasion, these machines require the repair or replacement of a damaged part. Most large companies, such as Hoover, stand behind their products with a limited warranty. But there are often quick, simple and affordable repairs that you can handle on your own in lieu of sending your steam cleaner out for repair.
Repair a steam cleaner that has low suction. Unplug the steam cleaner and check the nozzle and attachments to verify that they are attached properly. Examine the gasket to ensure that it is positioned correctly, and check for damage. If the gasket needs to be replaced, order it from the steam cleaner manufacturer. Verify that the lid to the water tank is installed correctly, if not, remove and reinstall. Check the water level of the recovery, or dirty water, tank. If the tank is full, empty and replace.