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Kenmore Central Vacuum has blockage in pipe

Sears Kenmore Vacuum model #34657 has blockage in pipe somewhere (not hose). I attached hose to outlet next to unit, and I have suction there, but very little from other outlets. Can I reverse the system? I don't have a manual for troubleshooting.

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bestdarngood
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SOURCE: Little suction on most outlets

You can start by going to the vacuum and seeing if anything is blocking there, otherwise you can buy a long cable that is meant to unclog pipes, something like a device used in cleaning certain instruments such as the tuba, it looks like a metal cable with a brush on both ends and just run that through the outlets and try to find the clog and push it out

Posted on Mar 26, 2008

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SOURCE: Nutone 353 central vacuum....all of

I think this unit has a utility valve on the front. If so, do you have good suction at this valve? If not, disconnect the inlet piping and check the suction directly from the inlet. Make sure the utility valve is closed while checking the suction on the inlet. If you have good suction, you have an open pipe or valve somewhere in the house. If you have any vacpans, check these first. Next, turn the unit on and walk through the house and listen for air whistling. If you do not have good suction from the inlet at the unit with the utility valve closed, replace your bag and look for a secondary filter that may be plugged. Good Luck!

Posted on Jan 01, 2009

galati2k
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SOURCE: No suction on my Electrolux central vacuum in all outlets even though motor is running and there is no clog in the hose.

go to the main unit,you have a blockage where the suction originates.can you disconnect the main suction line to the unit?do that and turn it on.if you have suction then then the main suction tube is blocked.a towel or rag of some sort got sucted in and got caught before it made it to the dirt tank please leave feedback

Posted on May 06, 2009

Vac Belts
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SOURCE: central vacuum with new motor shuts off and throws switch

Your mini breaker is probably bad if its a new motor. Its found on the relay board and they can weaken over time, especially if you had a bad motor before that tripped it a lot.

Posted on Oct 31, 2009

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SOURCE: No suction

Use the guide at builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html to find the issue and solution. Most likely you need to test it without any filter and be sure the bottom of the unit is attached :) To get access to the motors you need to unbolt the very top sides.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010

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The vacuum is working in the garage but not sucking from the house out lets. There are no blocks in the hoses. Just no sucion from the house out lets.


If there are no blockages, check that there is not a leak in the pipe or that the pipe to the house has not become disconnected, also check that one of the outlets in the house is not stuck open.

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Little suction on most outlets


You can start by going to the vacuum and seeing if anything is blocking there, otherwise you can buy a long cable that is meant to unclog pipes, something like a device used in cleaning certain instruments such as the tuba, it looks like a metal cable with a brush on both ends and just run that through the outlets and try to find the clog and push it out

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There's little or no suction on my central vac so I think maybe something is stuck in the piping. how can I troubleshoot and/or fix this?


First, check the hose, wands, and power nozzle. You can check the hose by dropping a coin in one end, then lifting the length of the hose until the coin drops at. If it doesn't, then there's an obstruction in the hose that needs cleared. Depending on where th blockage is, it can be difficult to remove. The best way is to connect the wrong end of the hose directly to the in port of the vacuum and turn on. This presents an opposing suction to the clog and should clear it.
To check the powerhead, drop a coin in the wand end and allow it to drop through. If it gets stuck, there's a clog, probably in or near the elbow. Use a blunt object to gently push it through. You can visually check the wands.
If the filter is dirty, it presents an obstruction to the airflow, and will result in a loss of suction. Rinse and dry thoroughly. I recommend keeping an extra filter on hand and alternate use.
Check all outlets by plugging hose into them and turning machine on. Check for differences in airflow. If there's less suction in one than the other/s, then there's a blockage in that section of pipe, probably at one of the elbow. The obvious place would be the elbow at the outlet. Visually check for clogs.
If all the outlets have a low airflow, my first guess would be the filter in the vacuum, but there could be a clog in the main piping.
Another cause could be leaks in the hose, most likely at the ends where the hose connects to the connector or handle. The hose generally needs replaced if this is the case.
The fan system may be bad, resulting in reduced suction. It will need to be replaced if this is the case.
Depending on the age of the vacuum, the motor could simply be wearing out.
The best diagnosis can be provided by a reputable vacuum repair shop. Take the entire vacuum in for trouble-shooting if none of the above helped.

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If not, you'll probably need to use a mini plumber's snake to try to remove it.

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Kenmore Manual


Sears/Kenmore central vacuum systems are no longer being made ergo no manuals available,especially on line on line. If contacting Sears parts directly, maybe one may be purchased ?
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/contactus.pd


The below website is an example or parts available (outside of SEARS) to fit you centeral vacuum.

http://www.centralvacuumplanet.com/sears_central_vacuums.htmI hope I have been of some assistance with your problem.

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