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My vacuum has begun to make a high pitched squeal when in use...the suctions does not seem to be affected by it but it's pretty loud.
Please help.
Thank you, Trish

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  • Anonymous Oct 16, 2008

    I have a similar problem. The noise isn't high pitched though. It's more of a blowing sound like if you held the hose to the skin on your hand. I thought the vacuum was beltless so that wouldn't be the problem. Any suggestions?



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I had the same problem and so my husband took our vacuum apart. I cleaned what I could and discovered that there is a foam filter that sits below a dark gray cover immediately beneath the bag (on the floor of the inside of the vacuum). This is different from the HEPA filter. I cleaned this off (ours had a lot of dog hair on it) and placed it back in the slot. The vacuum is not making the noise anymore and the suction is even improved. I had not noticed the suction had deteriorated as the vacuum still worked well in my opinion. I hope that this helps and that you have the same problem. It was very easy to fix. I believe the noise was due to the impairment to the suction. Good Luck!

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    That did it, thanks.


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I have the same problem with the same age Kenmore. I checked for clogs but there were none. The loud noise sounded like a vibration. The noise was so loud you almost couldn't be in the house when using the vacuum. What I found was, the outer rubber housing of the motor/fan was held together by electrical tape and split at the electrical tape (wow, that's a surprise!!). I taped the housing together with fresh tape but the motor housing continued to split when the filters got slightly clogged and higher pressure was generated inside the motor. I suspect that the split was causing some amount of air from the motor to be exhausted into the inside of the vacuum causing internal parts to vibrate and resonate.

I haven't been able to fix this problem. Unfortunately, the excessive vibration caused a control board to fail which controls the agitator. At this point the vacuum is useless. Poor design by Kenmore so I doubt it can be fixed.

If you know of a solution, let me know

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Hello, Trish. It sounds like the belt needs to be replaced. You can purchase a belt for you vacuum at any Sears or probably even a local department store and are very easy to replace. Just go to you local Sears and ask an employee to direct you to the vacuum accessories department and you should find the replacement belt. Be sure to write down the model and what type of vacuum it is (i.e. Type U, Type Y, etc.). Hope this was helpful. Please take a few seconds to rate how helpful this suggestion was. Thanks and good luck!

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