If you are experiencing problems with your Rug Doctor hire machine, our handy troubleshooting guide is here to help. If your issues aren’t resolved by watching our guides, please feel free to contact us.
If your Rug Doctor has little or no cleaning solution spraying from the bottom of the machine, try the following:
- Check the machine is set to carpet cleaning mode
- Make sure you are holding down the red spray button on top of the handle.
- Check the red base tank has enough water, and refill if necessary.
- Check the braided hose on the rear of the machine is securely fastened.
Spray button not working
If you have any difficulties with the red spray button, try the following solutions:
- Check the braided hose that feeds the cleaning solution to the spray nozzle. Ensure the hose is securely attached to the brass connector.
- If the hose is loose, pull down the connector until you see the silver ball bearing. Insert the hose into the connector and push the hose until it snaps shut. Check the connection by gently pulling the hose upwards.
Vacuum & suction issues
If your carpet is damp, but there is no dirty water collected in the white recovery tank, check the dome filter on the top of the machine. Check the wire mesh filter for any blockages, you should be able to see light through the filter. Clean under a tap if the filter is clogged.
- Ensure the dome filter is properly connected. Ensure the black rubber seal sits flush around the top of the white dirty water tank.
- Remove the grey rubber hose connector located at the back of the machine. Turn the vacuum switch on and see if there is any suction coming from the grey hose.
- If there is suction coming from the grey hose, reconnect the hose. Gently tilt the machine back and place a newspaper under the front of the machine. Turn the vacuum switch on and see if the machine sucks up the newspaper.
- If there is no suction coming from either the grey hose or the front of the machine, return the machine to the store you hired it from.
Hand tool troubleshooting
Check that the braided hose connecting the hand tool to the machine is fitted correctly. If it is loose, simply pull down the spring-loaded brass connector, insert the braided hose adapter until the brass connector snaps shut. Check for a secure connection by gently pulling on the braided brass or chrome hose.
- Ensure the machine is set to hand tool use. You can change the cleaning mode by using the white rocker switch found on top of the machine.
- Remove the grey hose connector that attaches to the hand tool and test for suction using your hand. Machines using a hand tool with a red handle won’t need to remove the grey connector; simply test the hand tool against your hand.
- Finally, place the cleaning head of either hand tool into a bucket of clean water. Shake vigorously and remove any blockages or debris.
- If the hand tool still has little or no suction, there may be a fault with your machine. In this case return the machine to the store you hired it from.
Here is what to check for if your Rug Doctor machine simply won’t start:
- Firstly, check the plug is firmly in the mains socket, and the socket is turned on.
- Check fuse box then check to see if the reset button has popped up, if it has, turn the vacuum switch to the off position before pressing the reset button. Then, try turning on the machine. If it doesn’t turn on or the reset button pops up again, return the machine to the store.