Having problems with your Hoover F7425-900 SteamVac V2 Widepath Upright Vacuum ?

Detergent does not dispense on the foward stroke with trigger pulled, clean water does come out on the backstroke. Is this a relatively easy fix? I see some sort of rocker switch attached to one wheel, is this the problem?

Answers :

I believe the rocker switch your refering too is the switch to shut the brushes off when in the upright position. As far as the solution problem.

Determine if the valve cap is clogged if detergent won't dispense from the Hoover cleaner. To remove clogs, unscrew the cap and then place it in hot water for at least 20 minutes. Once dry, screw the cap back in.


If you find that your cleaning solution will not dispense, check that the tank is securely in the locked position. There is also a chance that the solution tank is empty, in which case fill it with cleaning fluid. Ensure that the recovery tank lid is firmly in place.

You may have to take the detergent lines loose and check for any blockage and clean them out if needed. These machines have a tendancy to let the detergent harden up and dry inside the plastic tubes and then they block off the flow. Always run hot water through the detergent dispenser when finished cleaning your floors, this will keep them clean and clear.

Also Check that the switch is on autowash and not just on the rinse option, this happens quite frequently.

Here is a link to the owners manual if you need one.



There have been many issues with the tanks on some of these models, the spring in the detergent cap breaks and gaskets quit sealing and such In fact the tank design by Hoover on your SteamVac was so bad, that Hoover redesigned this tank almost immediately due to the numerous problems customers were having.

For your particular problem, you really have two options. The first option is putting a bandaid over the problem, but will still fix it. Yopu can order the entire gasket assembly on the bottom of the detergent tank as a replacement part. Unfortunately it's sold together with the seal, spring, and valve together as an assembly;

You also may wish to fix the problem completely by replacing the entire clean water solution tank. Hoover has redesigned this tank, and the new one I don't see near the amount of problems that I do on the older style tanks. The plastic is much more sturdy, and less prone to having the gasket and valve issues that the old tanks do. It's important to point out that the new tank does not come with the handle. You'll need to remove the handle from your old tank if you buy a new tank assembly comple

Here's the Hoover SteamVac V2 Clean Water Solution Tank, Part 12002549


Let me know if this helps or if you need more assistance

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