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Power problem I have a Generation III and lately the power button doesn't always work when it is pressed. You have to click it a couple of times and then it will turn on and sometimes it will even stop while I'm in the middle of using it. Thanks for your help

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I would replace the power switch. Here are the instructions for the repair...

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Start button doesn't work

test the switch.
see the diagram below. God bless you
if the switch is o.k 2) test for continuity the wires 3) Test the motor input voltage motor. 4) Test the power cord for break or loose wires with VOM

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How To Attach The Carpet Shampooer Cleaning Attachment Kirby Generation 3 (G3).


This is an excellent, easy to follow video presentation of attaching the carpet cleaner to your Kirby Generation 3 Upright Vacuum Cleaner. Please note that the model being used in the video is a newer model named the Sentria, but the process of attaching the carpet extractor attachment is identical on the Kirby Sentria and the Kirby Generation 3. The only major difference is that the Generation 3 does not have the lever that extends out to turn the belt to off. On the Generation 3 this is dont by turning the entire white square with the Kirby logo on it in the front of the vacuum cleaner.

Please feel free to ask for a repair clarification if you have a question on how to attach the carpet shampooer. I'm always, more then happy to answer any follow up questions there may be.

Instructional Video On How To Attachment Carpet Shampooer To Kirby Generation 3 Vacuum Cleaner:

I hope that this helped you change your Kirby into a carpet shampooer. I you found this video helpful, please rate this Tip as helpful by clicking the Thumbs Up Icon. I really do appreciate it, thank you.

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How To Replace a Belt on a Kirby Generation G3-Sentria Vacuum Cleaner


Below we explain how you can replace a vacuum cleaner belt on the Kirby Generation upright vacuum cleaner. All you will need to perform this repair is a new Kirby Generation Upright Belt, and some time. No tools are needed to perform this repair. This repair is the same for all Kirby Generation models including: G3, G4, G5, G6, Ultimate G, Kirby Diamond Edition, and the Kirby Sentria. The repair procedures have to be followed exactly in order for the vacuum to work properly. This should be done at least once a year even if the belt doesn't break, because these belts will stretch out over that year time period and will not work as well as a new belt would.

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I have received a vacuum with my house rental to use-a Kirby Generation 3. It turns on but the brush doesn't appear to be working. I would like to take it apart to check the belts but can't find...

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Can you give me a list of Kirby vacs models & the year they were released so that I know how old they are?

1935 KIRBY Model R*
19?? KIRBY Model 2R
19?? KIRBY Model 3R
19?? KIRBY Model 4R
19?? KIRBY Model C
1939 KIRBY Model 2C
19?? KIRBY Model 3C
19?? KIRBY Model 4C
Model 505 - 1945
Model 508 - 1948
Model 509 - 1949
Model 510 - 1950
Model 511 - 1951
Model 512 - 1952
Model 513 - 1953
Model 514 - 1954
Model 515 - 1955
Model 516 - 1956
Model 517 - 1957
Model 518 - 1958
Model 519 – 1959
Model 560 - 1960
Model 561 - 1961
Model 562 - 1962
1963/64 Sanitronic VII (Sirocco)
1965-67 Dual Sanitronic 50 (Sirocco)
1967-70 Dual Sanitronic 80 (Avocado green)
1967-70 Dual Sanitronic 80 (Avocado green)
1970-73 Classic 1CR (Medium brown, gold bag)
1973-76 Classic Omega 1CB (Dark brown, dark brown pinstriped bag)
1976-79 Classic III 2CB (Candy-apple red, plaid bag)
1979-81 Tradition (Dark blue; intro of paper bag)
1981-84 Heritage (Gray/orange)
1984-89 Heritage II Legend (Charcoal/gray/red)
1989-90 Legend II (Dark rose-pink)
1990-93 Generation 3 (Alabaster)
1993-96 Generation 4 (Medium gray)
1996-99 Generation 5 (Maroon)
1999-01 Generation 6 (Black/Yellow)
2002-05 Kirby Ultimate G
2005-06 Kirby Ultimate G Diamond

Sep 12, 2010 | Kirby Generation 3 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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THe power head on my canister stopped working

depending on what make ... the power head has one or two thermal switches insiide ... the first one detects when the motor gets too hot .. thats almost always caused by "not enough air flow to keep it cool" ... that switch will reset when the motor cools off ... if that thermal switch fails to work and the motor continues to get hot then a perminant thermal fuse trips ... that cant be reset and has to be replaced ... and thats not always easy to do . they are typically crimped or soldered in place within the motor windings .... usually the motor will be replaced on such units ...vacuum motors operate at enormous power levels .. they get very hot very quickly when air flow is cut off .. another posibility is the wires going inside the plug get broken from so mjuch flexing ... you can try pushing the wire into the plug to see if that brings it to life ,,, the wires sometimes break where they go into the motor also . some machines have a little reset button near the motor .. if you have that then push in for a couple of seconds .. it should click when reset .. ..

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My on/off switch quit working. was always on for

Yes, you can, here's how:

My vacuum had this exact same problem, but was out of warranty because it was remanufactured. Thankfully, it's a very quick, five-minute fix.
  1. UNPLUG The Vacuum!
  2. Remove the cannister.
  3. Extend the handle and remove it.
  4. Remove the two torx (T-15) screws behind the power button, where the handle normally stows.
  5. There are four tabs holding the front plate containing the power button on; use your screwdriver to release them.
  6. Gently pull the front plate off.
  7. The switch on the right is the power button. Remove it, try clicking it a few times; if it sticks, great! Replace it and reassemble, otherwise you'll need to replace it.

And finally, in case your switch assembly falls apart during dissassembly, here is how it should look reassembled:


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What generation is the Kirby heritage ii vacuum

Its not a generation, each model was given a name by what year they was produced...heritage models are early 90's late 80's i would guess

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Posted by ronholliehaw on July 17, 2008
Hello, I have a Generation 3 Kirby- it was working - I turned it off & it will not turn on again - is there a safety switch /reset button or did the on/off switch go out - I have had it 15 years & replaced the switch 1 time - Thanks
I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. The chances are it is the safety switch 1st and the foot switch 2nd. The safety switch is in the front of the fan housing of witch the bell housing hooks into. Both are about the same price plus labor. So feel free to do it yourself or to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area. So if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions.
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Jul 17, 2008 | Kirby Generation 3 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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