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Try making a seal with nothing liquid in bag, check seal on bag after. If seal looks good it could just be liquid getting on seal area causing it not to seal. There are tips online on how to help prevent this (example: placing rolled up paper towel sheet). If seal still looks bad than you may have a bad spot on the heat seal wire.
Usually there is a "seal" to make sure the dirt goes into the filter.
I guess the air flow is bypassing the seal somehow. Is the seal clean, is it in good condition?
Are you sure you have the right bag?
Your handle lock is mostly likely stuck. I had the same thing happen to me. I tried to see if there was any videos that could help me but, there was none. Well, I notice that metal bar was sticking out at one end. So I place a flat screwdrew or in my case crowbar with that flat in one side, I placed that side of end that metal thing stick out and just hammer back inside. That's it.
Most likely place is in the tube leading up from behind the beater bar. While unplugged, remove beater bar & belt & check.
If you have a strong shop vac, remove beater bar, belt, and bag, applying suction to the tube in back of the beater bar will many times dislodge the clog with little effort, sometimes though it will take some fishing around with a stiff piece of coathanger wire or similar.
Normally when you can apply suction with the shop vac to the tube in back of the beater bar & feel suction at the tube were the bag connects, you know you've got it all and you should be unclogged. Put it back together and you should be ready to roll.
On most models of vacuum sealing systems, you cut off the roll the size of bag you need. Slip one open end of the bag just on top of the heating element over it about 1/8-1/4" and press down the lid to seal the bottom of the bag. Fill the bag and then place the open end far enough into the vacuum cavity over the heating element and close the lid and press down and hold until the cycle finishes. If you don't want a vacuum, just put enough bag material to cover the heating element but not into the vacuum cavity.
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The cotton bag wraps around the hepa filter - the blue plastic part will not be visible once the bag is in place. The silver ring sits inside the cotton bag to hold the sides of the bag against the sides of the vacuum top-half. DON'T pull the plastic inner seal and outer seal apart. They snap together and snap onto the lip of the vacuum top-half. It's a bit of a struggle snapping the seal back onto the lip.
if your vacuum cleaner gets hot enough to melt it's own parts, i think you have a problem. exesive heat could indicate a serious problem and might also cause a fire. try having it checked by a repair shop because replacing the seal and continuing to use it might be dangerous.
Could be bad filters, is there suction at the end of the hose. That will tell you which direction to start looking. If no suction at hose end, then filters could be the problem. If you have suction, then the problem is down lower, dirt inlet is clogged, if belt has never been changed, then I am sure it has stretch to the point that under load it doesn't turn like it should. Could even be that although the motor is running, it may be running at a slower speed, in which case it would have to be replaced.