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Vacuum Cleaner sucking dirt out of the cannister instead of into it.

I just bought a Hoover Vacuum cleaner from a garage sale.  When I tried to use it I noticed nothing was going into the cannister.  I checked the vacuum and found it to be clogged.  I took it apart and cleaned it out.  When I tried to vacuum again there still wasn't anything going into the canister.  I took the cannister off and turned on the vacuum.  When I placed my hand over the hole where the dirt is supposed to go into the cannister I found it to be sucking in air instead of blowing it into the cannister. 

If you can help me with this problem I would appreciate it.


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Re: Vacuum Cleaner sucking dirt out of the cannister...

Where you put your hand is supposed to ****.are the filters dirty?if so clean them.disconnect the hose completely from the vacuum and see if you can blow through the hose,if you can't blow through the hos then the hose is can run a garden hose through it and turn on the water and clean it out.but be sure to let it dry ovr night before using it otherwise the dirt will cling to the hose and clog up again.please leave feedback

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Re: Vacuum Cleaner sucking dirt out of the cannister...

You didn't give you model number, but check by the brush roll to see if the inlet there is clogged, hose still has a clog, filters are bad and need replacing. Does the brush roll turn, belts stretch after short usuage and will not drive the brush roll under load, may need to replace the belt.

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