How to Fix a Dyson DC14

The Dyson line of vacuums has revolutionised the way we think about cleaning our homes. With their patented cyclone technology, Dyson vacuums "spin dirt out of the air," according to, so there is no need for vacuum bags or filters. With that being said, they can still break from time to time. With a few steps, you can troubleshoot your Dyson in no time.

Make sure that the vacuum is on "Carpets" mode and that the handle is reclined.

Remove and check the washable filter by first pressing "Release Button A" and then lifting "Filter Release Catch B" to remove the filter. Wash both the blue foam and the yellow case with cold water only until water runs clear from blue foam.

Ensure that all removable parts (soleplate, filter housing and any other valves) are returned to their original position, as flush as possible.

Check both the wand and the hose for blockages.

Stretch out the hose to ensure that there are no holes or blockages.

Check the filter housing and airway inspection valve for blockages and ensure both are snapped in securely.

Check the filter and wash if necessary (directions in previous section).

Check the brush bar for obstructions. The brush bar can be accessed by removing the soleplate with a coin.

To replace the soleplate, line the three tabs to the inside of the bumper strip and secure it into place.

Set the vacuum to "Bare Floors" mode if there is no brush bar obstruction and the noise still exists.

Hold the handle of the vacuum at roughly a 45-degree angle.

Find and remove the airway inspection valve (at the base of the handle when looking at vacuum from the back).

Note the square moulding that is revealed when the valve is removed and snap it upward (toward the ceiling).

Replace the airway inspection valve. The unit should stand upright again.

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