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Kenmore Progressive Bagless vacuum cleaner

When im vacuuming no dirt is going into the bagless container and dust is flying everwhere. I am not sure where the dirt is going but we just bought it Nov 26, 2007. has there been any problems with this brand before.

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Re: Kenmore Progressive Bagless vacuum cleaner

Check down by the brush roll to see if the inlet is clogged. This type of problem usually means there is a clog. But you do have a year's warr. on this, if you can't figure it out, then take it a Sears repair shop.

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