The On/Off Switch on my Ultimate G Kirby presses down and then sticks so that it won't power off... I finally pulled the plug, and now I plug it in and the vacuum won't come back on... the button won't go in or out when pressed. What could be the problem and do you have any suggestions?? PLEASE?! Is this something covered by the Warranty?
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Re: On/Off Switch won't depress
Sounds like the switch finally went out completely. But there could be something with the linage to the switch, just will have to be opened up and check to see what the problem is. As far as warranty, if you still have warranty on this, then it would be covered. Your owner manual should tell you how long your warranty is from the date of purchase.
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Willieturbo - Unplug Kirby, remove the nozzle and the bag. Use a coat hanger wire to make sure there is nothing stuck in exhaust (under front fan cover). Remove disposable bag - check if there is nothing stuck in the plastic miniemptor and bag fill tube. If no clogs - check if brush roll bristles stick out of the nozzle by about 1/8 of an inch. For more info go HERE and scroll down to brush/belt installation instructions.
lilmissjen - If brush sweeps AWAY from the vacuum then someone must have worked on the unit and switched wires that go from motor brushes to power switch go HERE and see pictures #16 and #18
Reason number 1 (not sure why Kirby Co. still has not fixed it) - improperly installed outer bag. You have to push the bag all the way to the unit so it presses the safety switch that is between exhaust and the vacuum shell
Reason 2 - defective cord - try wiggling it. If you know how to do it - try removing cord and supplying power directly to the unit using another cord or wire (ONLY if you know how to work with electricity.If you get zapped - do not blame me)
Reason 3 - bad power switch (instructions on how to replace it HERE)
First Thing to check is, Is it the pedal or the actuall switch.. the main switch is on the motor up under the cover and on the side
it is a pain to get to and even worse to change out.
most of the time it is the pedal that is broken and it is attached the switch by a rod
check that first
PROBLEM: THE KIRBY WILL NOT TURN ON AT ALL POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Please note......The Kirby has TWO safety switches that need to be engaged before it will operate. One is on the fan case in the front. It is activated by having an attachment attached to the front. (hose, power nozzle, etc.)
The other switch is on the side of the Kirby where the cloth bag attaches and is engaged by the little tab that sticks out from the side of the hard plastic cloth bag "boot". The bag boot MUST be completely engaged to activate the safety switch and allow the Kirby to power on. If you are having trouble getting the bag to properly engage, (sometimes they are STUBBORN) simply lubricate the black gasket that the boot fits onto with gasket lubricator, VASELINE, or try a tiny drop of DISHWASHING DETERGENT or HAND CREAM. It doesn't take much, so use the smallest amount possible to get the desired effect. You should hear a slight "pop" when the bag completely engages.
If neither of these things are indicated, it is probably again, either the power cord, switch or the carbon brushes.
If your Kirby is sparking there are a few causes...
PROBABLE CAUSE (MOTOR): Worn out carbon brushes, bad armature or perhaps BOTH PROBABLE CAUSE (CORD): The cord has a short in it. Replace the power cord PROBABLE CAUSE (POWER NOZZLE): There is something metallic stuck in the fan or power nozzle
I think you have a problem with the carbon brushes and amature because of where you describe seeing the sparks. I would suggest taking it to an authorized dealer for repair if it is the motor that is going bad.