Question about Kenmore 23313 Whispertone Bagged Canister Vacuum

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It shows only 2 bars of performance. The suction is minimal. I don't see a blockage, the filter is cleaned and it has a new bag. The vacuum is eleven years old. Can it be fixed or do I need to replace it.

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Depending on the brand of machine its a call you have to make . If it is a dept store machine I would recommend replacing it as the brushes in the motor are most likely worn out. Anyways I would go to local vacuum shop and inquire about a re furbished high end vacuum.These are the kind they sell in in home presentations.they start at 2500.00 but you can pick up a refurbished one for 300 to 1000 depending on your budget.I would recommend a Tri-star vacuum.They are small ,very powerfull and have a 30 foot cord(very convenient).lastly they are metal though they are light and extremely durable......good luck!

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