Sunday, September 8, 2013

Replacing Solution Tank For Hoover SteamVac

We've had two Hoover Steamvac V series units for several years. One quit working so I've used it as parts for the other one, and that's worked well. But the water tanks on this model really stink. It's a flawed design where the part of the tank that holds the handle breaks off, causing the tank to hit the floor. But when it hits, the bottom tray that holds the tank pierces the tank in two places. So both of my tanks are pierced on the top and bottom.

We ordered a replacement tank from Amazon which supposedly does not have that design flaw. In fact, the little flyer that comes with it says as much. The replacement tank was about $40, which is expensive, but I'm not ready to buy a new one. The new ones range from $150 to $300, so I'm hoping to keep the one I have alive and working for another year or so. The Hoover Steamvac is a nice little machine other than the tank issues. I noticed that the newer models have the improved tank, so that's something.

Below is one of the old tanks. There was not enough tank material on the top left to hold the handle, so the tank would randomly fall out of the Steamvac during normal use. Not fun. But even worse, every time it fell out, the plastic tray holding the tank would want to pierce the bottom of the tank. I ended up epoxying it several times. The epoxy is stronger than the original plastic, but the tray would still pierce the epoxy and cause it to leak. I even tried filing the sharp plastic clips down with a rotary tool, but it didn't help much. At some point I just couldn't keep the old tank alive any longer.

Hoover SteamVac: Broken Tank- Old Design

The new tank arrived looking much more robust than the original. I sure hope so. The plastic looks thicker and less brittle as well.  Also, the caps on the tank and soap reservoir look much sturdier. The Amazon reviews talk about how much better it is, so hopefully we'll be in good shape.

Hoover SteamVac Replacement Tank

Hoover SteamVac Replacement Tank: Front View

Hoover SteamVac Replacement Tank: Back / Side View

Below is a picture of the paper flyer discussing the new tank, and the improvements over the old tank.

Hoover SteamVac Replacement Tank: Data Sheet

The handle was 10 bucks extra and we already had two, so we didn't order one. I verified that the handle from the existing tank would fit in the new tank, and it does. It was a tight fit, but that's a good thing because I do not want this one to fall out and bounce on the floor.

Hoover SteamVac Replacement Tank With Handle Mounted

Hoover SteamVac Replacement Tank: Closeup Of Handle

Putting the new tank in the Steamvac: it fits perfectly! It even fits better than the old tank. If the rest of your Steamvac works well, then this replacement tank should make it happy.

Hoover SteamVac Replacement Tank Mounted On Unit

Using the new tank: It works well. Since the soap reservoir on both the old tanks had failed, I just got used to mixing the soap and water in the main tank. Now I can go back to keeping the cleaning solution separate from the main tank. Another perk of having the tank work how it's supposed to.

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