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Re: dirt devil bagless vacuum doesn't run,
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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Most appliances of the type have an internal safety device. Sometimes it is in the form of a bimetal breaker which in theory resets when the motor cools down but often it is too dusty to work properly. The other type is a thermal fuse which isn't easy to replace.
Where portable appliances are concerned the mains lead or cord is the most common cause of failure.
Your 8850 is probably over 15 years old, almost all parts are interchangeable with the 8955 or 8925 model made today. You may need to replace the pedal if the catch has worn or broken. There is no wire on the. Pedal assembly but there is a spring that goes on the pedal shaft to make the pedal spring back after you push on it.
I believe you have a broken handle release pedal. It make look intact, but if you turn it over and look where the lever is fastened to the body, it should protrude out another inch to an inch and a half. If you don't see this, then the plastic "spring" part of the lever has broken off; this is what forces the lever to stay up. the part for the Helix should be # 203-2463 and should be under $10.
When a Hoover Windtunnel becomes hard to push, this usually indicates that self-propelled has stopped working.
When this stops working, it can be caused by several things. The first, most common problem is that the belts have either broken, or stretched to a point where they no longer engage the self-propelled mechanism. In order to verify this, simply make sure that the machine is set to the Carpet setting, turn the machine on, and turn it over on it's side with the handle release pedal reclined (make sure it's not in the upright position). Is the brush at the bottom of the vacuum spinning? If no, this definitely indicates that your belts have gone bad and need to be replaced. There are two belts on your machine, one controls the brush, the other controls the self-propelled mechanism. We've shot a helpful video that walks you through step by step on how to replace the belts.
This is by far the most common problem that we see on your particular model:
The other problem if the belts are installed properly that would cause
the self-propelled wouldn't work would be the self-propelled actuator
arm. There is a cable that starts at the handle of the vacuum, and
runs all the way down to the floor head of the vacuum that controls the
transmission. As you pull backwards on the handle of the vacuum, the
cable pulls this actuator arm backwards, which then turns the wheels
backwards, and when you push forward it turns the wheels forward.
problem with the way it's designed however, is that if you pick up the
vacuum cleaner by the handle of the machine rather then using the
carrying handle on the back of the vacuum, it causes too much tension on
the actuator arm, and will cause the cable to rip right out of the arm.
is a VERY common problem on this model. To check and see if this part
is broken on your vacuum, step on the handle release pedal so that the
handle is in the vacuuming position, push the pedal a second time so the
machine lays flat on the floor.
Now if you look right behind
the height adjustment switch, and the rug / floor switch where the floor
part meets the upright part, you should see a cable that connects into
the actuator arm. Pull up and down on the handle and look for
movement. Is the cable loose with only a nut attached to it, or is it
resting in the actuator arm?
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Try pushing in on the power cord at the plug end while trying to start it. If the wiring has been broken there (common failure point), the unit may come on for a moment. If it does, cut off a couple of inches of the cord, and replace the plug with a replacement plug from the hardware store.