PROBLEM: THE KIRBY WILL NOT TURN ON AT ALL
Please note......The Kirby has TWO safety switches that need to be engaged before it will operate. One is on the fan case in the front. It is activated by having an attachment attached to the front. (hose, power nozzle, etc.)
The other switch is on the side of the Kirby where the cloth bag attaches and is engaged by the little tab that sticks out from the side of the hard plastic cloth bag "boot". The bag boot MUST be completely engaged to activate the safety switch and allow the Kirby to power on. If you are having trouble getting the bag to properly engage, (sometimes they are STUBBORN) simply lubricate the black gasket that the boot fits onto with gasket lubricator, VASELINE, or try a tiny drop of DISHWASHING DETERGENT or HAND CREAM. It doesn't take much, so use the smallest amount possible to get the desired effect. You should hear a slight "pop" when the bag completely engages.
If neither of these things are indicated, it is probably again, either the power cord, switch or the carbon brushes.
If your Kirby is sparking there are a few causes...
PROBABLE CAUSE (MOTOR): Worn out carbon brushes, bad armature or perhaps BOTH
PROBABLE CAUSE (CORD): The cord has a short in it. Replace the power cord
PROBABLE CAUSE (POWER NOZZLE): There is something metallic stuck in the fan or power nozzle
I think you have a problem with the carbon brushes and amature because of where you describe seeing the sparks. I would suggest taking it to an authorized dealer for repair if it is the motor that is going bad.
Apr 01, 2008 |
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