I actually have a model 23612001 Kenmore Progressive Vacuum but do not see it listed. It appears that it is of the same general design as this one.
I need to take the handle apart to get at the power switch. I've removed the three screws that hold the half's of the handled together, but there must be more to do. I have not forced it for fear of cracking the plastic. Is there a trick to getting at the switch?
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There is actually a reset button on the agitator, I would try pushing this switch first to see if this fixes it. The button is located on one of the sides of the agitator housing, I'm not sure if it's the left or the right side, or on the top of it.
Look on the sides of the part of the vacuum that is on the floor and see if you can see a small red pole on either side. If you can't find it here, look on the top of the part of the vacuum that touches the floor for a brush overload reset switch.
Try pushing that poll whenever you find it. This switch is a protection mechanism that will shut the brushes down to protect them if something gets vacuum up inside of the brush, it will automatically shut itself off to prevent any damage.
Simply push this overload switch down, and this should hopefully fix your problem.
If this didn't, please let me know and I can walk you through some more advanced troubleshooting.
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Here's a link to the owners manual for the Kenmore upright which this question was listed under, the 116.35913. You can find the model number on the back or the bottom of the machine on a sticker that also contains the serial number. If you have a different model then this, and would like the correct owners manual for your vacuum, please just use the clarification request form here on fixya, and I'll be more then happy to try get that for you.
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What you see from the outside is usually a pop up button which sits on top of the actual internal switch remove the lid of the power mate as though you are cleaning the brush roll or changing the belt. Then test the reset internally. Post back to advise .
Go to this website
and enter your complete model number in the search field in the upper
right corner of the page. You should be able to view a parts diagram
that will provide some clues about how to disassemble the handle.