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Vacuum Cleaner Won't Pick Up, no Suction

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Vacuum cleaner won't pick up, no suction are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Vacuum cleaner won't pick up, no suction

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Cause 1Air Filter

The air filter traps particles as the air travels through the vacuum cleaner. If the filter is clogged, the vacuum cleaner will not have proper suction. If your vacuum filter is clogged, refer to your owner’s manual for cleaning instructions.

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Cause 2Exhaust Filter

The exhaust filter traps particles as the air travels through the vacuum cleaner. If the filter is clogged, the vacuum cleaner will not have proper suction. If your vacuum filter is clogged, refer to your owner’s manual for cleaning instructions.

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Cause 3Vacuum Hose

Remove the hose from the vacuum cleaner, stretch out the hose so that it is straight, shine a bright flashlight into one end of the hose, and look through the opposite end of the hose. If the flashlight beam is not visible from the other end of the vacuum hose, this indicates that the vacuum hose is clogged or obstructed.

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Cause 4Vacuum Bag

The vacuum bag might be full. Clean or replace the bag as recommended by the manufacturer.

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Cause 5Blower Wheel

Try turning the blower wheel by hand. If the blower wheel does not turn freely, check the wheel for obstructions. If no obstructions are present, the blower motor, not the blower wheel, is likely at fault.

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