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The vacccuum is working fine until I put the Hepa filter into the spot in the vaccuum. When I do it emmitts a loud sound like something is constricting tubes. All tubes are clear. I have taken the cover off and everything looks fine, I sumize that the problem is with the plastic cannister when i put it into the vaccuum.. I have cleaned the entire unit.

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  • Lisa77 Nov 11, 2007

    I have the same issue. There is not enouph suction and it makes the noise described above. I took everything apart and can find no blockage. I read another comment that referenced reversing the air flow, because this seems to be the issue, but I cannot locate my manual and cannot find any kind of switch to change the air flow. I turned the hepa filter both ways and this did nothing. The noise decreases and stops when I turn the suction down (there is high, medium and low options.



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Did you replace the hepa filter with a new one? Those filters may not look bad, but after a period of time and use, air is restricted thru them. They should be changed at least once per year.

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