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Dirt sensor in my kenmore progressive upright is now always on "red bars" meaning lots of dirt. because of this the vacuum is working much harder than it needs to. to clean the sensor i took the bag off and wiped out the area where the bag is joined to the vacuum. i even used dry q-tips to try to clean off the sensor. the bag is less than 1/2 full. still red bars. any suggestions to that i can do to fix the sensor light?

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It's located inside the vacuum kind of behind the where the dirt is collected. You can open and clean but this is probably not necessary. You probably vacuum very fine dust that is hard to remove from the system.

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