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Bag indicator light won't go off, therefore vaccuum cleaner won't run. It acts as if the bag is full even with a new bag.

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  • Philip Gaut May 11, 2010

    what make and model of vac is this???

  • Chemist1961 May 11, 2010

    What brand and model of vac is this. This sounds like a common problem

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The bag indicator is either rusted out or broken. it only realy's on a little spring that bounces up and down so dont trust those things

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The bag full indicator on most vacuum cleaners is not completley fool proof. Most vacuums will just register a loss of suction, and they will then illuminate the bag full indicator, whether or not the bag is full.

If you've changed the bag, and the machine is still indicating a full bag, then this could mean one of two things.

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