My kirby g5 is not picking up, there is no blockage, but suction has dropped significantly, what could be the problem?
Not to question your description of the problem, but are you sure the suction has dropped? Kirbys don't usually lose suction unless there is a mechanical or electrical problem. When you turn the machine on does it fill with air and expand? If so, then you probably have enough suction. If the bag doesn't fill and expand and your machine is extremely noisy then the fan may be broken and need to be replaced. If you see excessive sparking near the bottom of the handle then you may have a motor problem like stuck or too short carbon brushes or a bad armature. On rare occasions, with Kirby owners who live close to a beach area and vacuum large amounts of sand, the sand actually wears down the vanes of the fan enough to make it useless. To check the fan; first unplug your Kirby from the electrical outlet, remove the brush roll nozzle, slowly spin the fan/belt pulley while observing the surface of the fan, look for cracks or breaks. The fan vanes should be about 3/4 of an inch deep.
If none of the above fixes your problem, look at the brush roll and belt. If your belt has not been changed in the last 12 months, install a new belt. If this is the original brush roll, install a new brush roll.
May 18, 2010 |
Kirby G5 Bagged Upright Vacuum