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On/off switch is faulty

I have to hold the power button down and keep it down to vacuum.
i feel the switch is bad
any ideas?

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  • daxz2 Dec 20, 2008

    id like to purchase this switch

  • Anonymous Dec 24, 2008

    I have the same problem and will need to purchase a switch. Where should I try to order one in the United States?

  • feedman72 Jan 05, 2009

    On / Off switch will only work if you hold it down while use the unit. It worked fine one minute, then was not working the next. Unit is about 18 months old.

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I just fixed my Dyson DC17 last night with this same problem. You will need a T-15 Torx screwdriver and (optionally - this just makes part of it easier) a small flathead screwdriver.

Pull the extension hose out to expose the area behind the power switch. There will be 2 small screws there. Unscrew them with the Torx screwdriver. Next there are 4 plastic tabs that need to be pushed in (this is where the flathead is helpful, but I was able to do them with just my fingers). When you push the tabs in, you can remove the switch cover from the front. (I also removed the dust collection container) You should see two small black boxes with a small reddish-colored switch on top - these are the switches. One is for turning the brush on/off (on the left, as you face it) and the other is power (on the right). Slide the black box for the power switch out of it's position. This may not be everyone's problem, but my switch apparently had something inside it that was stuck. As it is opaque and had no obvious way to open it, I can't say exactly what was wrong. I just flicked it a few times with my finger until the switch on top popped up. After that, when I pressed it down, it clicked into place. Pressing it again made it click out of the held position. Put everything back together and you should be good to go.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009

  • rexerin Jan 22, 2009

    I feel I should add the obvious comment that you should of course unplug your vacuum before doing anything to it!!

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Here are some photos to assist with the dissassembly/identification of the switch issue:

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I must have gotten lucky.

I accessed the power switch as Rexerin suggested and saw the power switch partially depressed - not on, not off.

I simply used the small screwdriver to lift it straight up, and it clicked.

It works fine, once again.

Thanks for the instructions, Rexerin.

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HI,
I CAN SUPPLY SWITCH FOR £3 IF REQUIRED OR IM HAPPY TO CHANGE SWITCH FOR YOU IF YOU SEND UNIT TO ME.
REGARDS
DAZ
DYSONLOGISTICS@AOL.COM

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

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    DARREN JACKSON Dec 23, 2008

    HI, YES THE SPRING WITHIN SWITCH HAS GONE AND A NEW SWITCH IS REQUIRED, PLEASE EMAIL ME DIRECT AT DYSONLOGISTICS@AOL.COM IF ANY CHEAP SPARE PARTS ARE REQUIRED

    THANKYOU

    DAZ

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