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Kirby G5 Vacuum power switch problems

My vacuums on/off footswitch began sticking and then stayed on unless I unplugged it. I removed the cover thinking there was a contact problem and noticed an engaging bar attached to the plastic footswitch. Can you help? I'm a broke father of 2 babies and cannot afford to bring it in for service. Would like to do the repair myself. I would appreciate any help!! Without a vacuum my son will have my home buried in debri. Thank you!

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  • JGREEN Jan 07, 2008

    I have basically the same problem. The G5 will not turn on when depressing the on/off switch.



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Try this online guide to replacing the powerswitch..

Hope this helps

Posted on Jan 10, 2008

  • Uplate Jan 10, 2008

    also...the bag and the powerhead activate safety switches when properly attached to the kirby. Make sure the bag is completely on the kirby. It's normally the one that keeps the kirby from turning on since the bag can be a bit stiff to twist onto the kirby at times.


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