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Kenmore Powermate power head not working

I have a Kenmore Powermate vacuum. The power is turning on, but for some reason, the ?power head power is not coming on. I pushed the reset button, but nothing happened. Prior to this, I had tried to open the unit to check the bag. The power cord at the front (where it opens) did not detach itself, so I manually unplugged it and then plugged it back in after checking the bag. The suction unit on the handle works, but the main vacuum doesn't. Help! (Thanks!) Vacuum is a ten year-old Powermate.

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  • 2walls May 03, 2011

    Thanks, I appreciate the input, and I think you are right that it was from the design, as it quit working after being opened to change the bag. I'll confess that I took the money I would have invested in repairs and parts and just bought a new vacuum. We still have the old one, so I might tell my friend who does electrical tinkering about your idea and see if he would like to have it. Good luck w/ your repair!



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I've got the same problem. Try checking out the electrical connection where the hose attaches to the canister. The hot male terminal is corroded and the female socket is burned out. Its an unfortunate design flaw that every time you open the vacuum to replace the bag the electrical connection disconnects and reconnects. Not sure if I can find replacement parts for a 10 year old vacuum or if a home-made re-wiring job is in order. Will find out tomorrow.

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  • Rozz May 02, 2011

    Parts cost: female wiring harness $21.99, male wiring harness $21.99, hose swivel with electrical contacts $46.95 (probably don't need this last part unless more burned out than just at the contacts). A bit pricey. For that kind of money, I am considering a simpler solution:
    - sand down the male contacts (assuming in not too bad shape). Do the same for the female contacts but use wirebrush in the holes. If in too bad a shape, then cut harness open to expose contact and clean. Just cut a small **** in the plastic so you can easily (and safely) cover the **** with electrical tape after repair. If it's really bad, you might have to cut it clean open and actually solder the connections together.
    - cut female end of harness as to splice in another 10-12" of wire (use same or heavier gage of wire, preferably a length off a scrap extension cord).
    - the intent is to permanently connect these the male & female harness connections and the extra length of wire will allow for the compartment to open to replace the bag. This approach would avoid future poor connections and burning/corroding of terminals to happen again.

    Good luck.

  • 2walls May 03, 2011

    Thanks for the info. I think you are totally right about design causing the issue, as mine quit working after I had opened it. I decided to take the repair money and invest in a new vacuum. I still have the old one, so I might ask my friend who does electrical tinkering if he would like to have it and pass on your suggestions. Good luck w/ your repair!



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