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Kenmore Vacuum model #116.25813508

I'm having the same problem where the canister won't shut off (model #116.25813508). You mention it is probably a relay mounted in the motor compartment sticking in the on position. I can't find a part with that description on the WWW.SEARSPARTSDIRECT.COM website.
Can you help me?

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In yours there is a pcb asm, #KC86WBZRZ000 , you probably need to replace it.

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  2. More difficult: Replace the triac: P.N.=BTA16-600CW (ST Microelectronics): http://www.st.com/internet/com/TECHNICAL_RESOURCES/TECHNICAL_LITERATURE/DATASHEET/CD00002265.pdf
The PCB costs about $25.00 from Sears, whereas the triac costs about $1.50. Sears will not sell the triac - you'll have to find an electronics parts supplier.

You can sometimes find the PCB from a 3rd-party supplier. For example, this one on EBay: Mel-Co KC86WBZRZ000

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