Question about Hoover Vacuums
OK, yes, try cleaning the swith and make sure contacts are connected to wires, etc. If that doesn't help, try typing "Hoover portapowerS1015 030, on/off switch" in your search engine (eg. google) on your computer to see what you can find online. Usually a number of places may offer it for sale and ship it to you for a small charge. Make sure you compare prices 1st, since the price may vary considerably from one place top another.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I found the solution to this issue. You need to take the switch apart. Having a set of small jewelers screwdrivers from radio shack helps a lot.
First, take the switch enclosure off to expose the mechanics of the switch. There are 3 clips on either side that need to be worked free.
There are 4 springs inside the switch that push down 2 metal contacts (one other spring is used to hold the switch in position). If you expand all 4 springs (stretch them out about double there normal size) the increased pressure helps the switch make more solid contact and prevents arching which is what ruins the switch in the first place. After you stretch the 4 springs be sure to clean up the contacts on the switch chassis with a wire brush.
On the slider part of the switch there are 2 contacts which also need to be cleaned up. If you have a dremil tool use it to file a point on opposite the ends of the messed up contact. Be sure there are no burs after making the points . If there are burs the contacts will hang up and springs can't do there job. This is because there are slots the contacts need to float in on the plastic slide.
With the 4 springs stretched out it will be very difficult to put the switch back together. However, with some patients, mini needle nose pliers and jewelers screwdriver set you can be successful.
You may want take the switch circuit board off the vac before putting the switch back together (to do this remove the handle). The switch is much easier to put back together removed from the vac and on a clean well lit table. Assemble the switch in a place where you can find small parts on the floor if the contacts or springs shoot out during reassembly
This hoover savvy runs like a champ now, no more arching in the switch to destroy the contacts.
I would only attempt this if you are mechanically inclined… worst case scenario however is you break the switch and need to order the replacement though… oh yea make sure the thing is unplugged when you do the above procedure.
Posted on Oct 10, 2008
My wife picked one up on the side of the road that someone had tossed. The power switch would not turn off. I took the two bolts out of the top part of the handle, and then removed the screws along the back. This will remove the required panels to access the On/Off switch. Once I found the actual on/off button, I found it to be frozen in the "ON" position. After manipulating it for a few minutes, I got the switch to work. This machine now operates great, and I now have a Hoover :)
Posted on Jan 03, 2009
The swrtch is located in the bottom section of the motor. When the swtcih goes out it time to repalce the unit. The swtich is part of the motor. The switch rod run all the way down the body to the swtich located in the motor.
Posted on May 25, 2009
there's a mechanism inside the steamvac that should switch the mode automatically when you press the handle release and pull the handle down for the vacuum mode... it's automatic! it took so long to figure out because I kept looking for the switch when it was upright and didn't look as I was using it.
Posted on Apr 13, 2010
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