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Vacuum Power Switch on Handle Doesn't Work

Hoover Upright Vacuum model U5470-900   -  The On/Off switch on the handle does not properly engage the power switch deeper in the handle assembly. It appears to ride over the lower switch and doesn't engage it to operate it. If I play with it, I can get it to maybe turn on the vacuum, but, then the upper handle switch won't turn it off. Our current workaround is to use the power cord for on/off operation

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  • Anonymous Jul 09, 2008

    The switch in the handle is no longer connected to the on/off switch within the sweeper. We are turning the unit on by plugging it in.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    switch does not engage, vacuum always on

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The switch is very cheap. I have the same vacuum. The solution is to stick a thin peice of cardboard under the slide track for the rod in the handle assembly. You will see the rod when you disassemble the handle for the sweeper. Move the on/off switch on the handle assembly a few times and look at the bottom of the of the assembly to see a thin black rod with cut grooves. This rod activates the on/off switch.

There is a little track that this thin rod of plastic travels along. However over time the the plastic rod begins to recess further into this track. The rod still slides but is now to far away to activate the on/off switch. This isn't very technical but just slide a thin peice of hard paper or cardboard between the rod and the slide track.

Make sure the red on/off switch on the sweeper is set to off. Put the handle back with the switch in the off position. Test the sweeper using the handle a few times before reassembling the screws. This fix may not be permanent according to how you have the paper/cardboard set between the slide track and the rod but it works very nicely.

Hope this helps! : )

Posted on Jun 23, 2008

  • Engineer Bob Jun 24, 2008

    -Update!

    When applying the cardboard or hard paper between the track and rod, bend it in a slight v shape so that the rod still aligns with the track. Ensure that the paper or cardboard stays in place by testing the switch after reattaching the handle assembly (do not yet install screws). If the power switch operates normally go ahead and install the screws.



    If pictures or a short movie would be more helpful, just reply in this topic.



    Bob

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