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Replacing On-Off Switch

I actually have a model 23612001 Kenmore Progressive Vacuum but do not see it listed. It appears that it is of the same general design as this one. I need to take the handle apart to get at the power switch. I've removed the three screws that hold the half's of the handled together, but there must be more to do. I have not forced it for fear of cracking the plastic. Is there a trick to getting at the switch?

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Re: Replacing On-Off Switch - Kenmore 23613 Progressive PowerMate Bagged Canister Vacuum Vacuums

Use a butter will pop off.

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Agitator doesnt turn

There is actually a reset button on the agitator, I would try pushing this switch first to see if this fixes it. The button is located on one of the sides of the agitator housing, I'm not sure if it's the left or the right side, or on the top of it.

Look on the sides of the part of the vacuum that is on the floor and see if you can see a small red pole on either side. If you can't find it here, look on the top of the part of the vacuum that touches the floor for a brush overload reset switch.

Try pushing that poll whenever you find it. This switch is a protection mechanism that will shut the brushes down to protect them if something gets vacuum up inside of the brush, it will automatically shut itself off to prevent any damage.

Simply push this overload switch down, and this should hopefully fix your problem.

If this didn't, please let me know and I can walk you through some more advanced troubleshooting.

If this was helpful, please be so kind and rate my repair, or leave feedback.

Thank you!

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Kenmore vacuum model 25614 power mate will not reset

What you see from the outside is usually a pop up button which sits on top of the actual internal switch remove the lid of the power mate as though you are cleaning the brush roll or changing the belt. Then test the reset internally. Post back to advise .

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Need Manual for Kenmore Progressive with Direct Drive vacuum clea

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I would suggest checking the hoses for clogs. Especially the hose right after the carpet brushes. Don't forget to clean off your brush. Hope this helps.

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That actually sounds correct, if it's the model I'm thinking of. As long as you're talking about connecting to the wires that are held in by the wire nuts you should be good to go.


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Agitator brush not working

I went ahead and ordered a switch and wire harness from Sears Parts online(using repair parts list that came with vacuum cleaner) which cost me about $45.00 including shipping. After receiving the parts I first tried replacing the switch and no difference. Then I changed the wire harness that contains the receptacle where the plug from the extension wand plugs in. Sure enough, that solved the problem! Apparently the plug receptacle was worn out causing the short. It took some effort to get the Handle Assembly apart and then back together; however, I did it and broke nothing! I am so stoked as I know I probably saved at least $100.00 by doing this myself!! And if I were to send the switch back, my cost would only be about $30.00!

It is amazing what a person can do when using the parts list that came with the appliance and the internet to order parts!!!!

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Kenmore 35913 Progressive

Go to, click on the parts link, enter your full model number, then scroll down and there are several options to clikc on, a parts list and picture parts breakdown are there and if a manual is available, you can get it and parts thru this site. There is a overload switch for the brush roll motor, if tripped then it won't turn. Could be that the brush roll motor is bad. The motor and brush roll are put together as one unit, but you can get the motor by itself.

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Go to this website and enter your complete model number in the search field in the upper right corner of the page. You should be able to view a parts diagram that will provide some clues about how to disassemble the handle.

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I tried what reddevil6 suggested and was not able to get Sears to produce a manual. I would prefer an online manual but at this point I'm desperate enough to try anything.

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