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Re: motor on the powermate keeps cutting in and out.
If your talking the motor on the beater bar, then chances are either when the beater bar was attached to the hose near where you hold it, it did not lock, and the connection is intermittent, or the cord has an internal break.
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I would start by taking the wand apart. Be sure vac is unplugged from the wall outlet! You should be left with two pipe pieces, and the beater bar. I would also pull the hose from the canister unit itself. Once all the pieces are pulled apart, check the two or three prong wire connectors on each piece, both the female and male ends. If you have any dielectric grease, use a dab on each electrical connection. Once you reassemble, and still not powering up, wiggle the wand back and forth at the connection near the canister, and after the hose near where the switch is. If the vac cuts on after wiggling it, then you have a loose connection, and will need to tighten the female ends on the electrical connections, by squeezing them together slightly with a pair of pliers. Please rate if this works or does not work. Thanks!
I've got the same problem. Try checking out the electrical connection where the hose attaches to the canister. The hot male terminal is corroded and the female socket is burned out. Its an unfortunate design flaw that every time you open the vacuum to replace the bag the electrical connection disconnects and reconnects. Not sure if I can find replacement parts for a 10 year old vacuum or if a home-made re-wiring job is in order. Will find out tomorrow.
if its a canister model there probably is no belt just suction.open the canister and if it has a bag feel the bag ,if it feels kind of hard then the bag is full.take the tool off the end of the hose and turn it on to see if you have suction if you do then the tool is blocked up.take it to the sink and run some warm water through it and maybe use a little brush to clear out the dirt.full bag will cause your vacuum not to have suction or not as much as it should
Assuming the unit (motor) runs ok and since it used, you may need to disassemble it and check the suction right at the motor. Sometimes there is a filter screen in front of it that can plug. The motor impeller could be partially obstructed or dirty, reducing the vacuum force. The bag should be the correct one for the unit or suction can be lost if it doesn't fit correctly.
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.
Do you have good suction right out of the canister without the hose attached? If so, AND your hose isn't plugged, you must have a pretty good sized hole somewhere in the hose. If you don't have suction at the canister, pull the filter cover off the top-back of the machine and remove the filter. This is where all of the air that the machine pulls in is exhausted. If something is plugged here, it will greatly reduce your suction. If you still haven't found the problem, you could have a problem with the fan assembly on the motor. But usually this is accompanied by some noise from the motor, but not always. Good Luck!!
http://www.geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=109396&thid=552260 Kenmore Canister Vacuum Model 26312 Posted by Alecia Rojas on Apr 28, 2008 Kenmore 23612 Progressive PowerMate Canister Vacuum
Vacuum is not sucking. It is just over a year old.
Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. It sounds like you have a clogged hose or a full bag, or dirty filter. The best way to check your electric hose id to run a marble or steel ball thru the hose and if it goes thru all the way then check the bag and filter, most times it is the vacuum hose. If it id the hose you can try to pull apart the clog from both ends using another central or canister vacuum. If not and the ball stops mid way thru the hose then you can use a broom handle with a round hook on the end so that it does not puncture the hose is any place and the round hook can loosen or break up your clog and then your suction will return, if you poke a hole in the vacuum hose there are repair kits that go on the outside of the hose that will slide over the hose and then you use a heat gun and shrink the hose repair kit down to size therefore plugging the leak. (Hose repair kit).So if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions. http://www.sears.com/shc/s/home_10153_12605 National Customer Relations1-800-549-4505 Home Services & Repairs1-800-4-MY-HOME 1-800-469-4663 Parts Orders & Inquires1-800-366-PART 1-800-366-7278 Thanks,Don – The Vac Man Go Ahead.Use Us.
I had the same problem with my vacuum. I called in for technical service and was told to push the "reset button". It turns out that there is a small red button right next to the dirt indicator light. I pushed the button, plugged the vacuum back in and started it up and it worked like a charm! :) Hope this helps!