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the surge is caused by a faultering armture, might be caused by low carbons or sticking carbons, strip the motor down for inspection. Or take it to your local kirby service centre shop for clean and service and polish. price range from 39 to 59
It sounds like you have a dead short. Check the wire, it quite often will break at the point that it comes out of the machine. The power is going straight back to the panel before it gets to the motor and that flips the breaker. It probably needs the whole wire replaced. If you can take it apart, check with an ohm meter to see which wire it broken. Do not have it plugged in while doing this.
By the question you asked I assume it wont power on. More than likely its not the switch . More likely its the power cord because it get most of the abuse. you will need a meter in any case to find out . If you don't have a meter you can pick one up for under $10 at any hardware section of most Dept store chains. A good investment. turn the meter to the omega symbol Looks like an upside down horseshoe with feet. touch the leads together meter should zero. place the probes across the end of the power cord plug. One on each tab. watch the meter and flip the switch while holding the plug and probes together. if the meter doesn't move the switch is probably ok. usually the cord plug or the strain relief going into the machine wares out but check the cord for cuts or unusual ware first. if you dont mind a few inches missing remove the bad area of cord and replace. to verify its the swich or not pull the unit apart and put the meter leads across the switch and toggle the switchthe meter should change from zero the some high number. Good luck have fun and learn !
Your hose issue is isolated from the garage. You have a switch problem in the handle of the hose. If the hose has a swivel handle your problem will lie in the switch itself or the contact rings within the lower portion of the handle itself. If this is a light gray hose with swivel handle several years old switches were an issue from time to time . The problem can normally be fixed by replacing the internal wiring harness in the hose.