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If you have a vacuum that has stopped working all of a sudden and you know it was running fine the night before. It's the hose, Lent gets trapped in the hose and can form a hairball inside of it. There's no need to buy a new one what you should do is unplug it place some old paper down and turn the vacuum upside down locating the hose opening. Once you find it check to see if it's full of lent carpet hairs etc. If it is you must remove the blockage. The way I did mine was I got an old hanger opened it and used the spiral end in a twisting motion till the lent ball wrapped around it, then I pulled it out. Please note if you have a better tool to use that won't damage your vacuum please use that instead of my old fashion way. Oh please clean away all string that's attached to the wheels and underneath. One more tip. If that is a loud sound and smoke when you cut your vacuum on that means the motor is shot, throw it away.

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my electrolux vacuum, model 4870 just stopped while I was vacuuming. Now it will not go on. It was working just fine a few minutes ago, then just stopped. Any ideas


it may be over heating.Check to make sure your hose and power nozzle are not plugged..Simply turning machine on without the hos then putting hose on while running and see if the motor sounds different,ie.winding up higher.....if this doesn't help try changing the bag

Mar 07, 2015 | Electrolux Vacuums

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no suction no blockages was working fine


Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear you've had difficulty with your DC18. If your machine isn't picking up as well as it should be, there may be a blockage in the machine. If you haven't been able to locate one in the cleaner head or internal hose, I'd encourage you to get in touch with us directly for further assistance.

You can reach us on 1-866-693-9766 (US), or 0800 298 0298 (UK). Please have the machine to hand when you call so one of our advisors can run through some checks over the phone with you.

We'll look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Jack
Dyson Online Customer Support
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Jun 17, 2012 | Dyson Slim DC18 All Floors HEPA Bagless...

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Extension hose has no suction. Regular floor function works fine


Remove the hose from the unit and check the opening where it goes in. Next look inside the hose and see if you can see debris trapped in there.

When you try to clear the line you need to be in a place where its ok to get dusty. Outside, garage etc.

Shake the hose and keep at it until ALL debris is gone. Also check to see it a stick. pencil. or some other rigid item is stuck in there. If there is it will clog again.

If shaking doesn't work try a broom handle to clear the hose.

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My husband uses talcum powder liberally and we have a long haired white dog. I barely get 12 months out of vacuums. Have had (2) Miele Dog & Cat vacuums with additional filters attached - can you recommend something that will cope with the above conditions and last?


You can build a homemade soot trap like what oil burner service reps use. Please refer to the drawing. You start with a widely availabe bucket with an airtight lid (Home Depot sells one in their trademark orange color for example). Along with the bucket, you will need about 30 inches of PVC pipe - ideally you will get the diameter that matches your vacuum cleaner hose attachment. "Schedule 40" PVC pipe will work fine. This refers to the less expensive thickness of pipe- any home improvement store rep can help you with this, and if you bring in your hose and explain what you need to do they will gladly help you out! Finally, you will need a tube of silicone RTV sealant. Cut two holes matching the size of your PVC pipe into the lid of your bucket, and cut the pipe into two sections- one that will sit three to four inches from the bottom of the bucket, and one that will sit one or two inches below the lid. Put them into position and use the RTV sealant to hold them in place and also provide an air-tight seal. On the lid, label the side that has the long pipe INLET and the side with the short pipe TO VACUUM. This is CRITICAL so make sure you do it! Labels, paint, marker, crayon- whatever. Label them NOW!

Finally, you need a section of flexible plastic hose to connect your trap to your vacuum. Six to eight feet should work fine. You will have to be creative to make sure the connection between your new trap and vacuum are air-tight, but IMHO this adds a little adventure to the project... you want something easy to attach and remove, and by no means do you want to do anything that prevents you from taking your new trap off and using your vacuum normally. Hardware stores are bursting with all sorts of adapters and stuff! The same goes for the inlet side of your trap, but hopefully you matched the pipe up to your pickup hose to where it makes a nice tight fit and works without adapters.

After the RTV cures (about 24 hours) and you are satisfied that everything is in order, you are ready to use your soot/dust/fur trap! Fill the bucket about 1/3rd of the way up with water. Make sure that the long end of pipe is under water by about 2 inches. It is VERY IMPORTANT that the end that goes underwater (The INLET) is hooked to your pick-up attachment.... You should have labeled it INLET already.

The whole idea is that whatever your vacuum sucks up gets pulled underwater first, trapping it before it gets near the vacuum cleaner. It has worked for decades for oil burner service techs to keep furnace soot out of their vacuums, which would be destroyed after one or two uses otherwise.This will easily trap dog hair and talcum powder. Be forewarned that inside the bucket it will get very messy and it is vital that you clean it after every use.

Good Luck!
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Mar 20, 2011 | VAX Appliances 2000 Canister Vacuum

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Suction not working in upright


Hi.

You will have A blockage in either the wand or hose, completely remove them from machine the hose unclips at the bottom back of machine,
Now switch machine on with this removed if machine sounds ok then remove the blockage from hose or wand.

If machine still poor suction & noisey with hose & wand removed check the (U) shaped inspection port for blockages.

Let me know how you get on.

http://dysonmanuals.llc.nu/index.htm

May 17, 2008 | Dyson DC14 Animal Bagless Upright Cyclonic...

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