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Check the filter. If it's dirty, the motor will overheat, resulting in the machine shutting off.
Rinse thoroughly in warm water, and allow to air dry thoroughly before reinstalling. I recommend having two filters so you have one to use while the other is drying.
Other problems are possible, but generally entail taking the vacuum to a repair shop for diagnosis and repair.
Some units have an on/off switch on the power unit itself. Check to make sure that is not turned on. Unplug your power unit and remove the 2 low voltage wires (not the power cord itself) . The low voltage wires start at the unit and run throught your home and attach to each hose inlet. They are usually attached to the unit by simple wire terminals or wire capped to small wires coming out. Just unlug the terminals or unscrew the wire caps and pull the connections apart. Plug your machine back in. If it still comes on the problem is the relay or circuit board/switch/ relay assembly inside the unit. If it doesn't come on with the low voltage wires unattached then you may have two wires touching somewhere in the low voltage wiring.
The relay that turns the machine off from any of the several places where you connect, is probably stuck.
The relay is operated by low voltage. When you connect your hose, you comlete the low voltage circuit and energize the 110 volt system, and the machine comes on. When you pull the hose out, the relay is suppose to release.
Unfortunately I don't have a part number for you, but you can call this number 1800.322.2965. Tell them you need a new relay board for your system and they'll be able to help you. They cost around 99$. for anything else you might need, go to www.thinkvacuums.com