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Empty bag shows as Full

When I install a new bag, the orange "empty/full" bar shows that the new bag is FULL. There is not as much suction as usual.

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    I have the same problem. I checked the hoses and they are clean, but I suspect there is a blockage inside the housing where the motor is located. How do I access the motor?

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You have a clog, either in the hose, the dirt inlet by the brush roll or the filters are clogged.

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