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Hoover Savvy on-off switch does not work (very intermittant)

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  • Anonymous Dec 02, 2007

    I have the same problem, I have to jiggle the switch in order to get it to work.

  • Petunia2 Dec 25, 2007

    I have the same problem with the switch on my Savvy, but even when I can get it to finally agree to turn on, the main brush won't spin!

    My husband took the switch out and it appears as if the contacts wore out. I'm thinking they used a cheap conductor in them and they just can't hold up to the current flow. I really hope getting a new switch also fixes the brush problem!

  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2008

    My Savvy just blew it's second switch. Not sure why this product does not get recalled. At $30 a switch, I don't think it's right that I need to spend this $$ every year to keep the thing running!

  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2008

    Same problem others listed; have to jiggle it before it will stay on continuously! And, thing is it's barely been used! Problem developed RIGHT AWAY.

  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2008

    Same as others; on-off switch needs jiggling and cross your fingers it works. Problem started when vac was new and BARELY used!

  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2008

    Same as others; must jiggle and hope for the best. Problem began when vac was new and BARELY had been used!

  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2008

    We have the same problems with the switch as those posted. The vac is only six months old.

    Vary disappointed in Hoover for not having this problem corrected by now.

  • MysteryMom Feb 25, 2008

    Love this vaccuum cleaner, but after 8 months the switch started malfunctioning. Now it will not stay on. Hoover clearly needs to fix this widespread problem and without any further costs to the consumer! We tried to get the switch cover off, but were afraid to break it and stopped.

  • Anonymous Jun 02, 2008

    same switch probelm here--but mine is only 4 months old. mine also sounds incredibly loud after it worked fine- someone described it as a saw mill running in my home! i have to aggree. Don't know what to make of it tho. Everything is clean--not clogged that i can tell.  despite the roaring it makes now, it still cleans well.

  • Anonymous Jul 09, 2008

    look ive made a modle rc car and the got dam swich dont work

  • niknac1018 Jul 11, 2008

    My drive belt broke & I went & purchased a new one & have the vacuum torn apart but cannot get the dang thing back together??? Anyone have a clue to how far apart I need to take it? Oh & any suggestions would be great!!!

  • Anonymous Aug 07, 2008

    my switch is not working.....and my vaccuum is only 9 months old!!

  • jpm101059 Sep 13, 2008

    I've already replaced the switch, and it needs another one.

    What's up with the headlmp that goes out when pushing it foward?

  • nonya672 Sep 17, 2008

    I've had the same exact problem. Intermittent switch operation. Took the switch apart and the conductor material seems to be of poor quality copper. I flipped the copper conductor over (inside the switch mechanism) myself. It worked fine for awhile...but now is back to intermittent operation.

    I guess I'll throw down the 30 bucks for the new handle/switch assembly to make it an easy fix. I'm thinking that they probably haven't made a better switch for the replacement part though. So I'm expecting the same problem to re-occur.

    I guess I'll stop by Radio Shack, or somewhere, and pick up a switch and wire it into the old handle and have a back-up for when the new switch ultimately fails sometime in the future.

    I'm sure they factor all of these parts failures into their business model so that they can make money on either replacement parts or when people just throw out a vacuum after a year or so when it breaks. Then they go buy a new one...I'm guessing Hoover figures we'll be stupid enough to go ahead and buy another Hoover. They're probably right in most cases. People always take the easy route.

  • Anonymous Sep 21, 2008

    what a pain in the a**

  • Anonymous Oct 17, 2008

    I had the same problem with the Savvy switch. The first switch went out within 9 months. I returned the vacuum to Costco for a complete replacement. The switch went out again on the 2nd vacuum in 6 months. This time I contacted Hoover about the problem switch because Costco no longer carried the Savvy in the store. Hoover paid for a new switch & installation at an authorized repair shop. The repairman said the switch would go bad again & he was right! I will call Hoover Corporate Headquarters again on Monday morning for a replacement handle with a "revised" switch. It's a good vacuum with a VERY BAD switch!

    The phone # is 330-499-9499 as for "Corporate".

  • Anonymous Oct 25, 2008

    Cont'd from Oct. 17, 2008...

    I contacted "Corporate" through the customer service number (330) 499-9499. You will have to tell your story to a few service reps & supervisors before they will finally let you speak to someone in corporate that can solve your FAULTY Savvy switch problem. Corporate reps are availible Mon-Fri 8-5 ET. After telling my switch saga to Debbie at corporate, I was directed to take the Savvy to a local Hoover Service Center in Anaheim, CA for the newly revised switch/handle at NO CHARGE!!! The new switch has a much smoother operation than the old switch. AND Hoover has a Happy Customer thanks to Debbie at Corporate!!!

  • Anonymous Nov 12, 2008

    I have the same problem. Will call cust. serv first thing in the morning and ask for Debbie!!!

  • oare1 Apr 21, 2009

    I don't know what the odds are, but I read the previous posts and took a chance and called corporate and wound up talking to Debbie. I have a Savvy U8181 that was a corporate "points" gift so I had no receipt. I explained to her about my switch working intermittently and she got my address and said she would send a repair authorization to me and also to my local Hoover repair center. So I'm getting a new switch for FREE, too!

    Hopefully they have redesigned the wiring contacts and this new switch will work for many years without problems.



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Hi All-

I found the solution to this issue. You need to take the switch apart. Having a set of small jewelers screwdrivers from radio shack helps a lot.

First, take the switch enclosure off to expose the mechanics of the switch. There are 3 clips on either side that need to be worked free.

There are 4 springs inside the switch that push down 2 metal contacts (one other spring is used to hold the switch in position). If you expand all 4 springs (stretch them out about double there normal size) the increased pressure helps the switch make more solid contact and prevents arching which is what ruins the switch in the first place. After you stretch the 4 springs be sure to clean up the contacts on the switch chassis with a wire brush.

On the slider part of the switch there are 2 contacts which also need to be cleaned up. If you have a dremil tool use it to file a point on opposite the ends of the messed up contact. Be sure there are no burs after making the points . If there are burs the contacts will hang up and springs can't do there job. This is because there are slots the contacts need to float in on the plastic slide.

With the 4 springs stretched out it will be very difficult to put the switch back together. However, with some patients, mini needle nose pliers and jewelers screwdriver set you can be successful.

You may want take the switch circuit board off the vac before putting the switch back together (to do this remove the handle). The switch is much easier to put back together removed from the vac and on a clean well lit table. Assemble the switch in a place where you can find small parts on the floor if the contacts or springs shoot out during reassembly

This hoover savvy runs like a champ now, no more arching in the switch to destroy the contacts.

I would only attempt this if you are mechanically inclined… worst case scenario however is you break the switch and need to order the replacement though… oh yea make sure the thing is unplugged when you do the above procedure.


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I contacted "Corporate" through the customer service number (330) 499-9499. You will have to tell your story to a few service reps & supervisors before they will finally let you speak to someone in corporate that can solve your FAULTY Savvy switch problem. Corporate reps are availible Mon-Fri 8-5 ET. After telling my switch saga to Debbie at corporate, I was directed to take the Savvy to a local Hoover Service Center in Anaheim, CA for the newly revised switch/handle at NO CHARGE!!! The new switch has a much smoother operation than the old switch. AND Hoover has a Happy Customer thanks to Debbie at Corporate!!!

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Hey, Thanks for all the help. Had the same problem with my Savvy switch.
Bought the sweeper and shortly after had the same problem (very intermittant) I procrastinated getting it repaired even though it started only several months after I bought it. Called the 330 499-9499. Talked to several people, demanded Debbie, got Valinda, gave me a hassle, finally gave in after I told her that I had 9 pages of complaints on savvy's. I told her wanted it fixed for FREE like the rest of the people in these complaints.
She called a repair company for me close to my home and faxed them a letter to fix it and Hoover will pay for it. Thanks everyone for taking the time to write these letters. There definitely is a problem with the Savvy sweeper!!!!!!!! Monica

Posted on Oct 17, 2009

Same problem here. Like others I took a look and saw I could fix it with a new switch. However, others are saying those just fail soon as well.

I also discovered the "lifetime belt" is only lifetime if you never acciently get a rug or something caught in the vac (as my wife did). At the time you couldn't even buy the belt and had to take it to a service center.

I like the suction, but not the problems. I've decided its time for a new vac.

Posted on Oct 09, 2008

Hoover should replace switch for free! 3 switches 1 and a half years

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Take the handle off the vacuum completely.then unsnap the front oh the handle and expose the inside,right under the circuit board you will see the slide that is connected to the plug at the bottom of the handlethe top of the slide has a hole that has to be slipped over the screw hole .make surethe plug is snaped into the stationary position.if you push in on the plug you shouldn't be able to move it at all.on each side of the plug you will see 2 snaps,pull out on the plug to make surethe plug is snapped in the right position.lay the handle on a flat surface and put it back together starting with the top. once you get that back together go to the plug that the handle plugs into and make sure it is in the stationary position like you did with the plug on the handle.try the switch and you will see it works perfect.feel free to call me at 314-628-9153 so i can make sure you get it in if the brush roller and the light aren't working but the suction is,you need to take the base cover off.there are screws on the bottom,remove them then take the hoover emblem off and remove that screw.i think when you take the cover off you will see that the circuit board right above the motor is burnt.that board controls the headlight and the brush roller.please call me at 314-628-9153 and i will help you

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

    PETE GALATI Apr 29, 2009

    for all of you that are having trouble with the switch in the handle ,hoover has made a revised switch,you can buy the entire handle with the revised switch in it fo $28.00


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You can get a replacement switch online for about $30. The switch is part of the handle, so you'll replace the whole handle unit. It takes only a minute to replace the part.

This is a common problem on the Savvy, so expect to replace this part every year or two.

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