Question about Kenmore 23612 Progressive PowerMate Bagged Canister Vacuum
When pulling powermate backwards the power is intermittently goes on and off. Problem doesn't occur when pushing powermate forward... only when pulling back.
I had the same problem. Sears has replacement parts for mine (Model 11625813506) here: http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getModel!retrieve.pd?modelNumber=11625813506&pop=flush
Rather than pay $10 for a new cover terminal (which I probably couldn't install myself anyway), $99 for a whole new wand, and possibly $108 for a whole new hose (ridiculous prices, btw), I took a small flat head screwdriver and scraped off the dirt/corrosion on the terminal pins. This didn't resolve my problem, but I noticed the connection between the extension wand and the "Power mate" hose handle was loose. The handle could wiggle/slide about 1/8" when connected to the wand, creating the loose connection. I used the screwdriver to bend the pins down slightly (in the direction away from the wand tube), to compensate for the loose connection. This worked like a charm, fixed the intermittent circuit contact completely, and was very easy to do. I'd highly recommend trying this, before doing anything more complicated.
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
Your vac has the extension wand. where the wand meets the handle is where you need to check. at the top of the wand is two pins. that is a part that is call a fuse or cover terminal. you need to have that change. also check the bottom of the wand,see if there is any discoloration. there is more but if this is too much for you now, then take it to the Sears repair center.
Posted on Feb 10, 2008
I've had this problem time and again. In some cases the connectors in the hose or the wand were burned and I replaced then to correct the problem. The issue is that the dimensions of the male pins and female sockets in the connectors aren't as close as they need to be to create a tight connection. The connector at he base of the wand that attaches to the powermate head was the source of may latest frustration. After replacing the connectors, I had to shim the connecter on the powermate to force the contact pins away from the wand. It is similar to solution 2 posted above, but doesn't require bending the pins.
Posted on Jan 31, 2010
Same here...........I must admit I'm a neat freak and used this red kenmore progressive for 2 solid years 5 days a week. It took that long to start with the wand skipping with power. I couldn't tell if it was from the handle to wand or wand to powerhead connection.....either way,,, I would probably be set......But if I do get this part......How the heck do I replace it? The motors in the vacuum and powerhead work fine...........If this is a known problem, I wish Sears would do something about it...........The only reason I have went through three of them is that they are the most user friendly vacuum I've ever used and are very effective when working....... Mark40511@windstream.net
Posted on Aug 23, 2008
I had the same problem and it was getting worse for a few weeks. Then I started to smell a chemical/burning smell when I vacuumed. Then the powermate head just stopped working and I discovered that the cord on the neck of the powerhead was frayed through, it seems due the design of the cover holding it in place. I checked the parts website but you can't buy the whole powerhead. So, I now have a very expensive vacuum sculpture.
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
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