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Not picking up dirt.

I replaced the 1/2 filled bag in my XL 2200 HH, and checked the main pipe in the handle. Turned the unit on, tried to vaccuum, and the dirt does not get picked up. The roller underneath spins and sends the dirt back out. Nothing goes into the bag.

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There is a Clog in the machine...
Somewhere between the motor and the bag.
When you use the machine, the dirt picked up by the roller has no place to go but backwards.
You will need to disassemble it and look for the clog.

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