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How do i switch the kirby into blower mode? - Kirby Vacuums

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  • stevemack76 Aug 02, 2008

    I tried that and even put the filter attachment on the front instead of the brush and it still won't turn on. It seems like the on/off switch won't click and engage.

  • stevemack76 Aug 03, 2008

    Sorry. It's a G4 Kirby.

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Remove the bag by twisting the plastic "emtor' on the bottom of bag to remove from outlet. put hose onto outlet by twisting in opposite direction.
jim

Posted on Aug 02, 2008

  • Jim Gillon Aug 03, 2008

    you didn't state the model #. some are different.



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I'm trying to blow up a pool with my kirby. i forgotten how to use it. can you instruct me


The vacuum is designed to be an upright vacuum or a hand held canister vacuum, or a blower.
It comes with many attachments.

Please use the blower attachment.

Jul 04, 2011 | Kirby Ultimate G Bagged Upright Vacuum

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Kirby g4 how to switch from suction to blower


Remove bag from canister.
Attach hose to canister where the bag connects.
It can now be used as a blower.

Jan 26, 2011 | Kirby G4 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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I have a kirby g4 how do i make it blow air (instead of suction) - I already attached the hose and the little attachment with a little ending to fit the inflating opening? thanks


Hi There,

Here's a step by step guide explaining what you have to do to change your Kirby from a vacuum into a blower:


Step 1. Make Sure That Your Kirby is Unplugged from the wall. Remove the front nozzle of the machine by lifting the housing that contains the headlight upwards. Now rotate the belt lifter from the green "Belt On" setting to the red "Belt Off" position:

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Step 2. With the belt lifter turned to the red "Belt Off" setting, Turn the knob at the top of the bell shaped agitator housing to release the brush housing from the vacuum:


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Step 3. Locate the attachment called the saftey cup that attaches on the Kirby in the exact same place as the brush housing did. This part does two things; Activates the safety switch to the left of the fan, and secondly covers the opening to the fan chamber to prevent anything from getting inside the fan housing and damaging it.


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Step 4. Once you install the safety cup it is a good idea to check if the vacuum is working. If it is not (assuming it did work with the nozzle) - check if safety cup switch actuator isn't broken (see picture).

If it works then but it does not when you install the hose (next step) you will know that you did not turn the hose far enough.

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Step 5. Take the bag off the Kirby. On the bigger end of the hose there is a line that you have to match with a little bump on the kirby fan housing (marked with red dots). Push the end of the hose over the Kirby exhaust as far as it can go.


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Step 6. Turn this hose end clockwise (you may have to apply considerable force).

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Step 7. It has to be turned far enough to press another safety switch that is on the unit just behind the exhaust neck.


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Step 7. You are done and ready to use it as a blower. We would recommend turning it on outside. Hose may have some dust accumulated on the inside and it may blow a lot of dust in the first few seconds of use. Also shake the hose well while outside to loosen any dust/dirt accumulations on the inside.
    Be very careful when blowing dust out of computers or other electronics.
  1. Dirt from inside of the hose may damage components.
  2. Airflow is so strong that it may break circuit boards if they are not well mounted around the perimeter.
  3. Using Kirby a lot of static electricity may be generated that may cause circuit failure due to electrostatic discharge (harmless to people - deadly to electronics).

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    NEVER operate blower with the nozzle on. There are 3 important reasons for that:
    1. Kirby is designed to have much higher RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) with the hose or safety cup so it will push more air than with the nozzle.
    2. If you use kirby as a blower with the nozzle - dust and dirt that is in the nozzle from vacuuming carpets and/or rugs will be blown into the air.
    3. If there is nothing (no nozzle no safety cup) Kirby vacuum simply will not turn on.

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I really hope that the above instructions were helpful to you in converting your Kirby into a blower. If you have a question on any of the steps, please feel free to use the comment field to ask them, I'm always more then happy to answer any follow up questions you may have.

If this was helpful to you, please be so kind and rate the repair helpful, or by leaving feedback for me. This is really appreciated by the Fixya community when a repair was able to solve your problem.

Thanks again,

Chris Jones
GoVacuum.com

Jun 12, 2010 | Kirby G4 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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Kirby Suction and Blower Connector


Yes you can. The end of the hose that mates with the suction/blower is flexible. You can use a pair of needle nose pliers to compress the hose end and force it out of the suction/blower connector.

May 08, 2010 | Kirby G4 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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I have the bag unhooked and the hose connected to the motor which has engaged the safety switch but the Kirby will not turn on to blow air


Blower instructions HERE. It MUST help.
If you put it back together as VACUUM and it works with hose (attached to suction) and the nozzle - no problems with Kirby. Then you must not be turning the hose on the exhaust all the way. Sometimes it is pretty hard...Or maybe the safety sup plastic that presses the safety switch on the front of the unit is broken.

Good Luck,
Rocky

Jun 06, 2009 | Kirby Ultimate G Bagged Upright Vacuum

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How to attach Kirby Heritage Suds-o-gun?


To use the suds-o-gun you need to convert you Kirby to blower mode. First remove the carpet head.
If you have all of the standard kirby attachments there should be a plastic cover to go over the front of the kirby where the carpet head attaches. Its round with square holes in one end. If you don't have this no biggie. Just leave the carpet head on the machine and rotate the belt to the off position so the brush rool bush on rotate. Remove the bag for the machine attach the hose where the bag was use the same end that attaches to the front on the machine. There are notches on the inside of the hose connector the fit over the tabs on the bag port. Fill the suds gun tank with shampoo and water. Attach the suds gun to the kirby hose. The suds gun nozzle is funnel shaped with wire mesh on the end. This helps to make the suds finer. Also the suds gun should have a knob to set how much suds come out when you pull the trigger. Turn on you kirby and suds away.

I hope this helps.

Feb 05, 2009 | Kirby Ultimate G Bagged Upright Vacuum

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Don't have a manual for my kirby - trying to turn on the blower to unclog a drain but can't figure out how


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Posted by ssinghnyc on May 03, 2008
Don’t have a manual for my Kirby - trying to turn on the blower to unclog a drain but can't figure out how.

Hello,
I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. The best way to get a Kirby owner’s manual is to call the Kirby Factory and they should have older copies or @ least they can photocopy an older owner’s manual for you @ the address that I will provide for you. I believe that there is a special cuff with a hose attached in order to do the unclog of the drain. I personally have not seen this done but I know the exhaust / blower port on the Kirby serves as a blower. You may look for that hose cuff for that feature. Or , check with your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area. So if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions.

http://kirby.com/ Customer Service – United States & Canada 1-800-494-8586
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The Kirby Company
1920 West 114 Street
Cleveland, OH 44102
Thanks, Don the Vac Man
Go Ahead. Use Us.

May 03, 2008 | Vacuums

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Kirby vacuum


The Kirby air flow can be reversed to become a blower (not pump).
This is ideal for blowing up low pressure items such as air beds etc.
Take off the complete bag assembly by twisting at the bottom and unclip at the top.
Fit the flexible hose to where the bag attached, align the arrows and twist fully until located.
Remove the front brush assembly, lift the front head light flap, detach the belt by twisting the square knob to the red position (off). un-clip the front assembly.
Your kirby should be supplied with a box type attachment (air intake guard) that fits on the front covering the motor spindle and making the safety switch.
Once fitted your kirby should now blow.

Mar 16, 2008 | Kirby Ultimate G Bagged Upright Vacuum

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