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Motor goes on and off briefly at regular intervals

Hi - Our Kenmore Progressive canister vacuum is switching on and off. When it is plugged in the motor cuts in and out quickly and constantly. The handheld part continues to work even when the motor in the canister is off (without suction, of course). Any thoughts?

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  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    I have a Kenmore Progressive canister vacuum that's 2 1/2 years old. When I use the Powermate to vacuum the carpet, the suction power cuts in and out intermittently.

  • roothedog Feb 12, 2009

    My vacuum goes off after a minute or so of running.  Sometimes it won't even turn on.  Any suggestions??  This vacuum is also only 2 years old.  

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Sounds like you may have a bad or loose connection, could be one of wires in the hose to the handle harness or the harness itself may be causing the problem. Also be the motor or relay causing a problem.

Posted on Jan 08, 2009

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