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The dirt sensor red and yellow lights stay on all the time now. I've had the vacuum for two months. The suction is still fine, so I assume it's a sensor problem. But if this is a main feature of the vacuum and it goes on the fritz this fast, that's now good. Any suggestions? Cleaning of a sensor? Where is the sensor located?

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  • rbbrian May 29, 2008

    I have the same problem but I've had the machine longer than you have...

  • vjblather Jun 02, 2008

    This was really helpful. Guru broke it down to brass tacks. Thanks!

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2009

    Same problem red indicator  light problem and have tried resetting agitator, replacing bag, cleaning filter, cleaning hose. Nothing works. A lot of money for a shoddy machine that didn't make it to the second bag . I used to like it. 

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    Dirt sensor light stays red

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I started by replacing the bag. No change.

I opened the bag compartment and noticed that the dirt sensor went to clean, but only when the compartment was open.

I cleaned out the foam filer at the bottom of the bag compartment. No change.

I took off the air outflow filter and cleaned it (Should have replaced it, but don't have a spare right now.). No change.

Unscrewed the hos from the back of the vacuum. The dirt sensor again went to clean.

I had isolated the problem to the hose. I hooked the hose back up and the dirt sensor went to dirty again.
The problem was that the hose was dirty on the inside. To clean the hose, I stretched it out little by little and banged it a little to loosed the dirt with the vacuum running. After the hose was cleaned, the dirt sensor had no problems.

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In manual it tells you how to clean the dirt sensor

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Without the model number, I can't tell you where the sensor is, alot of times it is where the hose goes into the vac. If your hose comes off, look in the duck there, you should see a circle or disc that is covered over with dirt. But there maybe a circuit board that is giving problems.
But you have a 1 year warranty on this, if you can't figure it out, take into Sears for service.

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