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Why a Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Won't Work

Updated April 17, 2017

Conventional vacuums have a bag or filter to collect the dirt and dust that collects on floors. A Dyson vacuum uses cyclone technology, which allows the vacuum to spin the dirt out of the air. With the use of this technology, a Dyson vacuum does not lose suction, expels cleaner air and picks up more dirt than a traditional vacuum. Dyson vacuums are available in upright, canister and hand-held styles.

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Filter Needs To Be Cleaned

If your Dyson vacuum doesn't pick up items from the floor as effectively as it should, the filter may need to be cleaned. This is especially true if you have owned your vacuum for a long time and never cleaned the filter, or if you have used your vacuum several times since the last time you cleaned the filter. You should clean the filter at least once every six months to prevent the filter from clogging.

Blockage in the Vacuum

The brushbar is located inside the mini turbine head and is controlled by air flow. If your vacuum has a blockage, the brushbar may not spin properly because the vacuum is not getting the appropriate amount of air. The air flow may be blocked by small items that the vacuum has picked up from the carpet or by a build up of residue. The brushbar may not turn properly because a thread or other fabric is wrapped around it.

Vacuum Is Overheating

If your Dyson vacuum is overheating, it will turn off and on intermittently or it may not turn on at all. If the machine gets too hot or it's emitting a foul smell, you need to discontinue use and let the vacuum cool off. More than likely if your vacuum is overheating, it's because the machine is not getting sufficient air through the mini turbine.

Assembly Problems

If your Dyson vacuum does not work properly or it fails to start, you need to double-check the assembly instructions and make sure that you have assembled the unit correctly. Installing any of the parts of your Dyson incorrectly can result in the failure of your machine to work properly. Follow all instructions included with your unit.

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About the Author

Christina Teter is a business professional who began her freelance writing career in 2010. Her work has appeared on Leavr and other online publications. Teter has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Truman State University.

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