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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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Re: Kirby G5 Vacuum power switch problems

Try this online guide to replacing the powerswitch..

Hope this helps

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G5 kirby new power switch wont work

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