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Broken on/off switch

How do I remove the cover so I can replace the on/off switch on my Eureka 4870 upright vacuum?

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  • janmmck Aug 28, 2008

    My question was how to get the cover off, which I eventually figured out. But, once off, I discovered the same issue. It wasn't the switch itself, but the wiring. I believe the two wires rubbed together, wearing off the insulation and making the switch inoperable. In any event, Eureka should do a better job designing and assembling their vacuum cleaners becasue this type of problem is dangerous and inexcusable.

  • Anonymous Sep 16, 2008

    Our Vac is getting no power... will not turn on???

  • Adamesq Nov 24, 2008

    Does anyone know where to find a replacement switch for it?

  • kdnord Mar 19, 2009

    Looking to see what parts would be needed to fix this or how much cost would be involved in having someone replace. I've already opened up the switch area to find it fried and part of the plastic melted.

  • terdar May 24, 2009

    I had the same problem, vacuum stopped, I turned it off and removed the cover, took out the power switch and the wires to it were fried. Switch is fine. Does anyone have a solution or is it a lost cause.

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Had exactly the same problem with my upright Eureka Model 5893 bagless. Eventually, the handle would get hot, and finally it just quit. When handle was disassembled, the wires were melted and it was toast. Ordered a switch after talking to several repair men. Talked to Eureka, too, and they were absolutely no help. Cheap wiring and switch made in China. Good luck trying to find a switch. vacuum-depot.com has switches, so you might try there, but make sure you get the 3-prong switch (same switch used on Eureka's Genesis). It is Part #27871.

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

I have the same vacuum and the on/off switch wasn't working any longer so I took the cover off to find out that the wiring got so hot that it melted through the wire coating and plastic frame.

Posted on Aug 28, 2008

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