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Vacuum won't come on

My Kenmore 25513 won't come on. The carpet attachment/beater bar works, but the vacuum will not come on.

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  • Miss Beasley Mar 31, 2008

    I just went to use my vacuum and the same problem the light goes on the hose, but won't work with out the beater

  • Anonymous Sep 22, 2008

    my vacuum will not work other than the beater bar. No suction, motor will not turn on.

  • ediaz76 May 09, 2009

    I have the same problem. I have disassembled the switch and nothing seems to be wrong with it. I'm trying to get to the motor but haven't been able to disassemble the canister. If someonw knows how to do this the help would be appreciated.

  • joedekock May 16, 2009

    My 116-25513506 is doing the same thing. The motor for the vacuum inside the canister is not powering on. We also had it just after a year of owning it, where the switch on the handle did not power it off anymore. It would still turn on/off the brush for carpet cleaning, but it would not power off the vacuum motor.

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The switch in the hose maybe bad, motor problem, or some of these cannisters have a relay mounted by the motor, it may be bad.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008

  • Dan Carow Dec 12, 2012

    What is the best way to test the switch on circuit board in handle? How can the board next to the motor be tested? The fuse above the motor is good.

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I was told by a previous repair man that there is a fuse in the beater bar that needed to be replaced.


Up to my experience in my Panasonic vacuum cleaner, if the beater bar is not working this could be because the 'Carpet/Floor' selector switch is in the 'OFF' or 'FLOOR' position. In both of these positions the beater bar will not rotate. Move the selector switch to the 'CARPET' position. When in this position the beater bar will rotate once the foot pedal is pressed.

If the selector switch is in the 'CARPET' position and the beater bar is still not rotating it could be that there is something entangled in the beater bar, or the belt is worn or broken.

To check this first unplug the vacuum cleaner

Inspect the beater bar and belts to ensure that there is nothing entangled in the beater bar and that the belts are intact and are not excessively worn. If the belts are excessively worn they may slip resulting in the beater bar not rotating.

The vacuum cleaners often have an overload protection system inside the nozzle, which stops the nozzle motor when the beater bar jams to prevent belt breakage. After clearing any lint build up or jamming you may need to reset the overload protection, by pressing the reset button on the top of the floor nozzle.

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Luvumuch48tj:

Unplug the vacuum and lay it upside down on some newspaper. Remove the sole plate (bottom plate) with a screwdriver. Pull straight up on the brushes (called a beater bar) and remove the beater bar and belt. Remove the end caps and bearings from the ends of the beater bar (it may take a 2-grunt pull, or CAREFULLY pry the end caps and bearings from the beater bar with a screwdriver) Don't stab your hand with the screwdriver... That HURTS! Once you have the bearings and end caps off, remove the hair, carpet fibers and other gunk from the ends of the beater bar, end caps and bearings. Dribble a little rubbing alcohol on the bearings in the end caps and spin the bearings to clean them... keep dribbling alcohol in the bearings until the alcohol draining from the bearings is clear. Dry the bearings until there is no alcohol in them. Now would be a good time to check the opening in the vacuum head and the hose going into the body of the vacuum for clogs. Reinstall the bearings and end caps on the beater bar and reinstall the beater bar with a new belt in the machine. Reinstall the sole plate. Your machine should run like new.

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pull out contents - gently off beater bar. Push reset button.

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The beater bar won't turn - the belt is fine. Any other suggestions?


Can you pull the bar and check the end caps to be sure they spin seperate of the bar? Also look at the wheel from the motor that turns the belt. This may be spinning on the shaft which could be caused by a broken pin.

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Smell coming from vacuum when using beater bar


Check to see if the Belt is broke or a build of dirt is were the belt is . Make sure the beater bar is sitting in place .Best of luck Ed.

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I have a Kenmore progressive cannister vacuum cleaner.


There should be a pile height pedal on rear of the attachment, just behind the where the wand goes into it, near the handle release pedal. Just keep clicking on it to go through the height settings.

Please rate if this helps :)

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Brush does not turn on my vaccum


If there is no suction when you disconnect the beater bar assembly near the hand hold where you grab the vacuum, then there may be either a restriction in the vacuum line between there and the vacuum section (that rolls around behind you), or the vacuum line from the handle point to the rollaround section is not properly connected. This all assumes the vacuum motor in the rollaround is running.

The beater bar section does nothing but cause dirt particles to be sucked into the vacuum system. The vacuum or suction is created in the rollaround unit.

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