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Dirt devil bagless vacuum doesn't run,

To whom it may concern,

After push the on/off pedal, there is no reaction. It seems this power failure caused by a broken fuse. But how and where can I find the fuse? How to replace the fuse?
Thanks
Jerry

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  • whyit21 Dec 22, 2008

    Was working fine, and then just died. Thought I might have somehow tripped a GFI outlet, but that wasn't the case. Tried multiple outlets. Now it's totally dead. Clueless . . .

  • angandtrey Jan 03, 2009

    Working great and then just stopped. Is there a fuse I can replace?

  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    Nothing happens when plugged in and turned on - no motor action - no sound - nothing... Is there a fuse or reset button?

  • lilcarpenter Mar 21, 2009

    dirt devil did exactly the same thing... hurry with soulution

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Unplug the vacuum and try tu turn the brush roller by hand a few turns .plug it back in and try it again.if not try another plug in the house.you might have a bad connection at the motor or the motor itself is bad

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    PETE GALATI Apr 09, 2009

    look and see if you have any cuts in the cord

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