I tripped over the vacuum one night and something snapped. Now the front of the vacuum will not remain at 90 degrees when lifted. Practically impossible to clean stairs. What did I break, how much does it cost, and can I put the new part on? I think that it's just a little piece of plastic that broke off a bottom plate. Can anyone tell me what part to order? A local shop said that it would be $250.00 to fix - talk to the next sap in line!!!! Thanks for any help, MaryEllen
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MaryEllen, This vac is only $250 to replace. By your description, the part you may have broken is called a pedal release lever. Very inexpensive to replace, under $7.00; Yes, you can replace it yourself, it does not go in too easy or the old one may not come out too easy. I would suggest that someone you trust that is handy look at it. I would also make sure the socket in which the pedal snaps into has not been damaged or cracked. You can inspect it with a light by turning it over. if there are cracks or damage to the base unit, the cost is higher but can be cost effective for repair
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There are 2 plastic screws that pivot 90 degrees on the top of the front nozzle. Turn them and lift off the hood. You will see the brush roll and belt. Remove the brush roll and clean off any debris or hair, also from metal caps at the ends of the roller. Be careful not to loose the 2 washers under the end caps. Place the new belt on the motor shaft that sticks out of the main body, then place the brush roll pulley against the belt and pull forward and lock the roller in position. Spin the roller by hand to make sure that the belt is aligned properly. Place the hood back on the front nozzle and turn the plastic screws to tighten. Have fun cleaning.
Lift the hose out as if you were going to use the attachments. At the base of the hose there is a swivel to adjust the hose 90 degrees. Where the lower section of the hose attaches to the swivel you will see that if you give the hose about a quarter turn then lift, it should come off to check for blockage. Also check the rear suction port located near the hose swivel for blockage. It resembles a parallelogram in shape and come off with 2 visible plastic screws.
Remove the 5 phillips head screws on the bottom of the base.
Insert a flathead screwdriver into the square holes and release the latches.
Turn vacuum front up.
Lift back of powerhead cover and carefully remove.
Look at light diffuser carefully and remember how it fits. Lift off the light diffuser.
Push bulb in, twist, and remove.
Insert new bulb, push in, twist to lock.
Place diffuser over bulb.
Place front of cover on with the lip in the grooves on the inside of the base.
Settle cover into place, making sure the latches snap into place.
Turn vacuum over and replace screws.
The larger fitting slides into the front of the dirty water tank. Remove the lid and either remove the duct, or lift it and tilt it forward on more recent models. The hose fitting goes in with the opening up, and the "V" shaped end down. After replacing the lid, push the round connector down onto it's fitting under the trap door on top of the nozzle, being sure it is fully snapped in place.
Tilt the front of the vacuum to a 45-90 degree angle. Gently tug and release cord until it retracts.
If this doesn't work, repair or replacement of the cordwinder is needed. For this the vacuum needs to be taken to an authorized Aerus Electrolux store.
I just did this one myself, You've done most of the hard work already.Be sure your holding tank is out and not in the way.Double check the down front screws are still out since you sent in you question. Now tweak the front section (the business end) a little up, down, back and forth to help break the suction on the seal. Grab the clear plastic front piece-just the front lip near the floor and gently lift up. If it doesn't come up easily try tweaking it or running water through it to break the seal of whatever detritus is inside which is acting like a paste and holding it together.
First you need to press the foot pedal for the height adjustment all the way down to lift the front of the vacuum off the floor. On the front top of the vacuum where the LED lights are is a cover. That section will lift up by lifting just below the LED's. Once it's lifted up there are some visual instructions, but here's what they are saying. The little circle on the front divided with the word KIRBY is the belt release. The section of the circle with the word on it will pull out. Like a wind-up flashlight it will turn from lining up with the green arrow counter clockwise 360 degrees and lining up with the red arrow. This takes a little pressure to turn it. Now just above this circle, under the LED bonnet, there is a lever that holds this whole front end on. It must be turned also counter clockwise to remove and front then slips off. The reverse would be used to put the beater roller portion back on. Also this would be the way to slip on the hose attachment to **** through it instead. I hope this is a little clearer.
You didn't provide the model number so couldn't look it uo, but sOme of the progressive uprights have a circuit breaker on, it will trip when something catches on the brush roll, push it to see if it will reset, if there isn't one, get me the model, it will start 116.*********