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Loss of Suction

Thank you for any help you can offer. I have a Kenmore Progressive Direct Drive Upright Bagless. When I start it up and begin to vacuum after about 3 seconds the suction power drops, a strange sucking noise comes from the lower right air vent and the intelliclean switch transfers all the way down to the green setting. There is no problem when I use the hose or the attachments.
Its the same noise you hear when you put your hand over the end of the hose...... the noise comes from the back lower right hand side of the vacuum. There is an air vent that seems to be making the noise.

Any help you can offer would be great. I just want to get the vacuum working again..... it was awesome before this happened.

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  • bamajim Jun 07, 2008

    The only thing that has suction on mine, is on the bag. So much , that I can't open the bag door when it is running. No suction on carpet, or tool attatchment. I snaked a coathanger up through bottom up to where tools attatch, and couldn't see where it was clogged.

  • Anonymous Jul 28, 2008

    Loss of suction and a strange noise coming from the back after just a minute or two of vacuuming on carpet cyle. I've cleaned the debris out several different times from the intake in back of the brushes. Also, the present carpet fuzz in the cyclone contaniner doesn't circulate very much if at all. Even on just "suction tools" if you put your hand over the hose opening it makes that "choking" sound - so, I guess it's not just the carpet cleaning portion that's messed up.


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Thank you for this solution, it saved me $$$ and a trip to the repair shop.

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The vacuum is supposed to do this. Basically, when there is a clog/blockage excessive suction can be generated inside the motor/fan system. To prevent overheating or failure of the vacuum motor, a small valve opens that lets air be sucked into the vacuum allowing the motor to work easier. You can cause this to happen by simply placing your hand on the suction tube blocking all suction. The small valve is actually a piece of rubber with a spring behind it.

To fix the problem, find all the blockage or low flow locations and clear them. Clogs and multiple dirty filters will cause this.

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If the suction is ok at the end of the hose, then check lower, The dirt inlet is probably clogged and that is why with the hose off, it sounds ok. The inlet starts by the brush roll and goes up to where the hose plugs into it.

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