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How to reverse air flow on a canister vacuum

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The arrows in this case should point out of the machine. not into the machine. This is because you want the black rubber seal to seal on the machine and force the air through the filter.

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Vacuum cleaner automatically turned on by itself. fine black dust blown out through the filter.

This sounds like an overheat condition, Inspect for plugged air flow issue. the motor will burn up, if no heat based interrupt stopped the unit. My bet is that something is plugging the machine's air flow.

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This machine has lost suction and the air coming from the motor is very hot - if I left it on, the machine would shut down due to overheating. What is causing the loss of suction?

Hi, Somewhere in the suction lines, starting at the cleaning nozzle up to the canister, there is an obstuction. What is happening is this. The vacuum cleaner motor uses the cool air that it sucks in to cool the electric motor. When the air flow is obstructed, the motor will over heat.
There is another possibility, and that is that the canister is overfilled with dirt, or some type of powder that is clogging air flow. That can cause the same effect.
To handle this, you literally have to get down and dirty.
Go ahead and remove all of the hoses and attachements that you were using when this happened and look for the obstruction. Sometimes on Vacuum cleaners with a blower feature, you can blow the obstruction out using the reverse flow of air. An old coat hanger comes in handy for situations such as this. Sometimes it takes patience to do this. It is one of those things that has happened to every vacuum cleaner I have either owned or repaired.
I hope this is a help to you. Let me know if you have any questions at all,
Best Regards,

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I wish to reverse the air flow so I can fill an inflatable matress.

Only possible suggestion i can think of is to take the vacuum apart, and switch the (should be) two wires going to the motor!
You'll also have to make sure the bag is removed! =]]]

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How to install the back hepa filter on canister vacuum cleaner. We are not sure which direction the air flows and therefore which way the arrows should point. Should the arrows point into the vacuum...

The arrows in this case should point out of the machine. not into the machine. This is because you want the black rubber seal to seal on the machine and force the air through the filter.

Good luck.

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Which side should face me (black or white) when I put in the CF-1 replacement filter?

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You may be using the wand/hose without an attachment on it. The attachments on my dyson always allow some air to flow to by, it may be the same on the Eureka. If air flow is completely stopped the cyclone will shut down and then the hair/dust/whatever will flow to the filter. So don't let the air flow be completely shut off during use.

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Unit is 3 years old and isn't picking up like it used to. Have to vacume over the same spot several time to get everything up and then it doesn't do it well.

OK. I'm not familiar with this particular vacuum, but I think you've said enough for me to give you some clues. Suction is one thing - air flow is another. If you've got good suction against your hand, then the problem is low air flow, and that's almost certainly caused by a partial blockage somewhere.
Because I don't know the details of this machine I can't guide you on where to look, but I'll bet that if you have a good look through the pipework you'll find something that shouldn't be there! If you can't find anything, and if you've got a second vacuum, you can sometimes dislodge a blockage by sucking air in the reverse direction through the problem machine.
Good luck! And please remember to rate this response. Thanks.

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