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HOW DO I SWITCH MY GENIE PB/15 BLOWER/VAC TO SUCTION?

I just asked a question a couple fo hours ago about the little paper liner inside, asked if I was supposed to remove the liner for wetsuction, but now I can't figure out how to get the Vac out of blower mode and into suction mode!

There's no switch to flip, as far as I can see, but there are two 'holes', a top one on the actual blower apparatus (which attaches to the top of the yellow 'drum' ) and a lower one that the hose fits neatly into. Maybe this has something to do with it?

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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Check the flexible hose that comes down from the handle.  Look for a crack where it plugs into the base unit.  (visible once you open the handle up and remove the cleanable catch basket)

Posted on Oct 22, 2007

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SOURCE: Wont suction the water

the suction channel is probably clogged.the suction channel goes right up the middle ,you can see it by looking through the cover.probably a lot of hair and dirt stuck up inside.there are some screws on the botton you need to take out then the cover will come off.seperate the 2 pieces of plastic and you will be able to clean the channel.please leave feedback

Posted on May 01, 2009

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SOURCE: USE GENIE WET DRY VAC WITH OR WITHOUT PAPER LINER?

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Because Genie no longer makes any vacuums or blowers, and did not keep a parts inventory to support owners of their products (a reason not to buy one of their garage door openers) it might be best in the long run to ‘garage sale’ the Genie, and buy a new vac from a brand that will be around for awhile. I have two Craftsmen, and one Ridgid, besides the PB15, which is going in the nest garage sale, for the above reason.

As far as your blower to vacuum problem -- The hose is moved from the blower outlet, which is the top black piece with the handle and switch, to the hole in the canister for vacuum. The intent of the PB15 was to use the top piece as a hand held electric leaf blower, or when attached to the yellow canister as a vacuum, when you use the hose attached to the canister.

Posted on May 06, 2009

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SOURCE: loss of suction

Make sure the recovery tank lid is on correctly. Also make sure the float on the receovery tank lid is down.

Posted on May 25, 2009

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SOURCE: dyson 18 losing suction

Check the HEPA filter if it has one. This bit of foam gets clogged over time and significantly reduces the suction especially if you've been vacuuming a lot of very dusty areas i.e. dust from building work etc. Just wash the filter with lots of water and leave to dry before reinserting.

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