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Upright vacum not sucking

Upright vacuums have a common problem with the hose from the beater bar section to the connection hose becoming clogged. Especially around christmas time because of pine needles and other things that get vacuumed up over the holidays. Though it is a common problem it is a fairly simple problem to fix. The hose comes off with one or two screws, and when you have the hose straightened out it is easy to clean out with a piece of wire or a shop vac to **** the stuff of that has been getting stuck in the hose. Once the hose becomes clogged all the rest of the stuff you are trying to vacuum up just gets stuck up in front of the clog. The other basic problem with the vacuum not sucking could be the belt being worn or broken. The belt usually just runs the beater bar but this could cause the vacuum not to operate correctly. This is also a very simple fix with just a screw driver and a couple of screws to remove to get the beater bar cover off. Once you have the cover off you can lift the beater bar out and take the old belt off. Then you can replace it with a new one. Most likely you will have to clean the sides of the beater bar before reinstalling as they tend to get wound up with hair and other debris.

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no suction using extension hose for Bissell Bagless Upright vacuum. i checked for clogs and found nothing. shannon


Check the sole plate where the beater bar is. You may have to remove the roller brush flap to get into the roller brush and then check the main dust channel beside it. Usually if there's no suction on the hose it means that:
1) The hose is blocked 2) The filters are needing cleaned / washed and dried for 24 hours or see my tips! 3) There is dust clogging after the beater bar/roller brush.

Jul 18, 2009 | Bissell CleanView II Plus Upright Bagless...

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Hoover U6476-910 - Very little suction from the bottom


If you haven't already, remove the beater bar. This is accomplished by unplugging the vacuum and turning it beater bar up. Remove the clips or screws that hold the plate on the beater bar and set aside. The beater bar sits in sockets, so carefully remove the bar, noting the correct position of the sockets. This will make reassembly much easier. Slip the beater bar out of the drive belt. Now, inspect the suction cavity that the beater bar would discharge into. Usually, things clog up here as there is a flex hose that catches things, creating a pluggage.
Hope this helps, --W/D--

Jul 18, 2009 | Hoover U6476-910 WindTunnel Upright Vacuum...

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When using my vacum upright its very low in suction, it used to be so powerfull that it lifted my carpet slightly....when using the tools section its as strong as it should be please help, ive cleaned it out but still loss of suction in upright position, from mrs richmond


Check the following items:

* The bag and connection - change it if it's full

* Turn the vacuum over and inspect the beater bar area for any clogging. You may have to remove the bottom plate to really clean it out.

* The beater bar and especially the drive belt - this area gets dirty and the belt can wear out after continued use. The brushes can also wear out on the beater bar

Try to work on the vacuum in a well ventilated area. Make sure you unplug the unit so it's safe to service


Apr 27, 2009 | Vacuums

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DC07 works with the hose - but not when upright


Check the actual brush bar is moving. If it is then there's definately a clog and it could well be behind the beater bar. If you can remove the sole plate (which is the grid in front of the beater bar) then undo it and check dirt behind the beater bar, belt and main dust channel. Also check the main inspection air ways and if the beater bar is clogged with hair, clean it off.

Mar 31, 2009 | Dyson DC14 All floors Bagless Upright...

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