Question about Kirby Vacuums
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The Kirby vacuum is a very well engineered vacuum cleaner. There's usually not many things that go wrong with them.
You may just need to replace the belt on the machine, this should take care of the not picking up part. Even though the belt may not be broken, it may have stretched to a point where the roller brush is not spinning as fast as it should. This will effect the vacuum's performance, and make it not pick up as well.
Here's a video that we did showing how to replace a belt on Kirby vacuums. If this doesn't take care of the problem, let me know I'd be happy to try and help you determine what the problem is. One other thing you may want to look at, is the fan on the machine. When you take the front agitator housing off of the machine, look inside the vacuum at the fan, make sure that there are no cracks, and that the fan is not broken off.
Posted on Oct 03, 2008
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POSSIBLE CAUSES: 1) Sometimes there is a piece of debris in the fan case. (Not likely, but possible) Take the power head, handle and cloth bag off of the Kirby, pick it up and turn it with the fan toward the floor and shake it to see if something falls out.
If there's nothing in there and it still makes the noise, you most likely need to replace the fan/impeller as it is probably cracked or broken. You can sometimes see fan damage by removing the power head, looking into the hole in the front of the Kirby and slowly rotating the fan by using the shaft in front. The damage can't always be seen that way, but if you can't see it, you'll need to take the fan case off so that the whole fan is visible to make sure. I have written complete instructions that should lead you through the whole repair.If neither of these things are found to be the case, check the carbon brushes. I don't have a guide written for this yet, but my switch repair guide (link below) will help you break down the Kirby to get to them. Unscrew both brushes, take them out and look at them. The remaining length of brush will pop out of the holder and if they are shorter than 1/2 inch long, I recommend replacement. (they are not expensive)
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