Question about Hoover U8145-900 Savvy Bagless Upright Cyclonic Vacuum
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.
Posted on Oct 10, 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!!!
Posted on Oct 25, 2008
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
Posted on Aug 14, 2008
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 right.now 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
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.
Posted on Dec 14, 2007
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