Need to find specs to test hose and electrical connections
Kenmore Progressive Cannister Model# 116.20812007. Power mate doesn't work anymore. Has been in and out of Sears Parts Center on same issue since 2003 and the repair only lasts for a short time. It started on an intermittent basis but now just won't work. Suspect a hose problem.
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There are no hose specs. You have continuity or you don't. These are very problematic canisters as they age. Kenmore canisters are very subject to dirt build up on internal contact rings where they swivel at the elbow adjoining the vac. They are also prone to intermittent connections at the handle/wand junction and at the wand/power head connection. Due to the weight of the head there is a lot of strain on those connections. You never fix half the connection, always both, male and female components in pairs for best results.
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It could be the wires or switch in the hose and/or the connection between the hose and the vacuum. It could be the power cord or a loose or bad wire inside the canister. It could be the carbon brushes in the motor are worn out. To find a short or electrical problem you need to know how to trace the power flow from the plug and cord all the way to the motor. You can test the wiring in the hose with an electrical tester to see if there is a problem with it before you purchase a new one.
sounds like there was a loose connection or loose wire that came in contact with another wire. check your cord for small burn holes, also could have shorted out in the hose or the wand. If you are comfortable to disassemble the vacuum i can walk you through the troubleshooting process so we can find out what actually went bad. id start with the cord though. let me know if you have any questions or need more assistance
Check your lower and upper wand connects for pinkish or blackened evidence of burning. All connections should be shiny clean brass. Polish with wet dry # 600 paper or a scotch abrasive dish pad.
If the junior runs, with its tighter, cleaner less used connections it is very likely the wand connections and mating component, either the hose handle or power head elbow are also burned or badly worn. On a Kenmore, due to the weight of the head and mediocre design they wear in pairs and should be replaced in pairs. You can get some electrical parts thru a Whirlpool FSP parts center or a Panasonic dealer if you take in the matching pieces for clarification
What you see from the outside is usually a pop up button which sits on top of the actual internal switch remove the lid of the power mate as though you are cleaning the brush roll or changing the belt. Then test the reset internally. Post back to advise .
Apparently there may be a fuse in the canister itself, I have no instructions for getting to it though. There's another post on here you might want to check, perhaps that person can tell you how to get to it
http://geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=109459&thid=699656 Model 116 hose clog? Posted by rfrazelle on Jun 23, 2008 My old canister model 116 followed with numbers 2839580 marked Kenmore 3.9 with power-mate, worked fine until the bag got overly full. I have changed the bag, cleaned the filter, and removed a nasty hair/fur/dust clog :-p from the lower metal tube of the power mate. It now has very weak suction and won't pick up anything. I suspect a clog in the grey plastic flexible tubing attached to the canister but cannot get it apart. Advice? RJ Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. Kenmore 22313 Bagged Canister Vacuum. The best way to find a clog in an electric hose is to use a steel ball or a large marble to place inside the hose and to let it so threw as far as it can to determine where the hose clog is. Once you have determined where the hose clog is then you can use a small end of a broom handle of take an old wire coat hanger and place a hook on the end and try to pull the clog out of the electric hose – the electric hose is very expensive so try not to damage the hose in any way, shape or form. Or another way is that id you have another canister vacuum you can try to pull the clog apart by using two vacuums turned on and running. If you are successful then run the round marble or steel ball thru the hose again and the clog should be cleared. http://www.sears.com/Customer Service1-800-4-MY-HOME1-800-469-4663 Thanks, Don the Vac Man Go Ahead. Use Us.