5 Things You Never Knew a Kirby Vacuum Can Do

Can a Kirby blow air? Can it shampoo a carpet? Does it work on Hardwood floors? What about Pet Hair? All these questions and more are answered today as we learn 5 things Kirby vacuums can do that you may not be aware of.

 

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

#1: Blower/ Inflator

 

The first thing Kirby vacuums do that many people aren’t aware of is blowing and inflating. Start by removing the bag.

 

Then attach the tool hose! You can use the various blowing or inflating accessories to dust or inflate.

 

#2: Hard Floor Polisher.

 

The second thing Kirby vacuum cleaners can do is polish or scrub your hard floor! They have a wide range of polishers and scrubbers.

 

#3: Shampooer

 

Kirby vacuums can also shampoo carpets, upholstery, and spots! They have many attachments that allow you to shampoo almost anything you can imagine.

 

#4: Pet Hair/ Stair Cleaning

 

You can use the Kirby zip brush to easily clean pet hair off of any surface or clean stairs without hauling a heavy vacuum up and down.

 

#5: Mattress Cleaning

 

Do you have allergies? Do you have allergens in your mattress? Kirby vacuum cleaners are one of the only ones on the market that come with a mattress attachment!  

 

Which model of Kirby vacuum is the best? Here’s what we think!

 

Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

Need your Kirby repaired? Send us an email at service@greatvacs.com

 

We sell Kirby vacuums! We buy Kirby vacuums! And we sell bags, belts, cords, or anything else you need!

 

Here at Great Vacs we’ve serviced and rebuilt nearly 100,000 Kirby vacuum cleaners, so if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave us a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos.

 

5 Things You Never Knew a Kirby Vacuum Can Do

5 Things You Never Knew a Kirby Vacuum Can Do

Can a Kirby blow air? Can it shampoo a carpet? Does it work on Hardwood floors? What about Pet Hair? All these questions and more...

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Transforming Your Kirby Vacuum into a Blowing/Inflating Machine

Kirby vacuums are well known for their suction power and durability! But did you know, you can use that same power, but have your Kirby be a great blowing/inflating machine? In this short video we will show how easy it is to transform it.

 

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

Instructions

 

The first thing you’ll want to do is twist the bag counterclockwise, which unlocks it from the vacuum.

 

Once that’s done you can disconnect the bag from the top of the vacuum and set it aside.

 

Now take you hose and if you look inside you’ll see three tabs.

 

Those tabs line up with the brass tabs on the vacuum.

 

Line the hose up, making sure that the two hooks are facing away from the vacuum cleaner, and set it on. You may want to twist it each direction to make sure it falls into place all the way.

 

Take the hose end and twist it clockwise to lock it in place.

 

You can also check the safety switch on the side of the vacuum. There’s a tab on the hose end that will engage the switch when it’s properly locked in.

 

You’re done! Now you can turn the Kirby vacuum on and use all of your blowing and inflating attachments!

 

 

Which model of Kirby vacuum is the best? Here’s what we think!

 

Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

Need your Kirby repaired? Send us an email at service@greatvacs.com

 

We sell Kirby vacuums! We buy Kirby vacuums! And we sell bags, belts, cords, or anything else you need!

 

Here at Great Vacs we’ve serviced and rebuilt nearly 100,000 Kirby vacuum cleaners, so if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave us a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos.

 

Transforming Your Kirby Vacuum into a Blowing/Inflating Machine

Transforming Your Kirby Vacuum into a Blowing/Inflating Machine

Kirby vacuums are well known for their suction power and durability! But did you know, you can use that same power, but have your Kirby be a...

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How to Change a Kirby Vacuum Bag

Is it time to replace the bag in your Kirby Vacuum? Confused on where to start? Today we’ll go over the different styles of bags and how to change them on your vacuum.

 

 

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

“G” Style Generic Bag

 

The first step is to unzip the outer cloth bag.

 

Then pull out the fill tube to expose the inner bag.

 

Simply detach it from the fill tube!

 

Throw the old bag away and get your new bag. We will start with a generic bag, which has tabs as shown above.

 

You need to push the bag on until it goes past the tabs on the fill tube.

 

You may find it helpful to grab the bag by the top of the connection piece.

 

As you’re putting it on, give it a good twist and it should go on all the way. Once it’s on just tuck the bag back in the outer cloth bag and zip it up!

 

“G” Style Genuine Bag

 

If you’re using a genuine bag you’ll notice that it has tab slots. These make installation a breeze!

 

Just line the tab slots up with the tabs on the fill tube, push it on, and twist!

 

“F” Style Genuine Bag

 

Unzip the outer cloth bag and pull the inner bag out. You’ll notice that the F series has a tab. Since you’re throwing this bag away it’s fine to rip it off.

 

We’ll be starting with the genuine Kirby bag, which fits all models.

 

The tab on the top of the connector helps it fit the F series vacuums by folding over the clips on top of the fill tube.

 

Push the bag onto the fill tube, make sure the bag goes past the clip on the bottom, then fold down the tab on the top. Then put the inner bag back into the outer cloth bag, zip it up, and you’re good to go!

 

“F” series Generic Bag

 

The generic bag works with the same concept as the genuine. Start by pushing it on.

 

Then make sure the bottom clip goes over the bottom of the bag connection. Then tuck it away and zip the outer bag up. You're ready to get back to vacuuming!

 

Here at Great Vacs we’ve serviced and rebuilt nearly 100,000 Kirby vacuum cleaners, so if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave us a comment! You can also head on over to our Youtube channel to see more educational videos.

 

How to Change a Kirby Vacuum Bag

How to Change a Kirby Vacuum Bag

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How to Replace a Kirby Vacuum Pivot Assembly


Is the transmission on your Kirby vacuum not engaging at the right time? Is your pivot broken, or is your handle not staying up like it’s supposed to? Then this is the video for you! We go over how to replace and properly adjust the pivot assembly on all G models of Kirby Vacuums.

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

Supplies

  • Pivot assembly
  • Torx bit driver
  • T15 torx bit
  • T20 torx bit
  • T25 torx bit


Instructions

First, disassemble your Kirby vacuum.

 



Once disassembled, you need to get the black cover off the back. Use the T15 bit and remove the screw for the cord holder. As you’re removing the screws set them in a safe location and remember which ones go where.

 

To remove the screw by the on/off button you need to switch to a T20. Remove the black cover and set aside.

 

Now, moving to the front of your Kirby vacuum, lift the lid. There are two screws holding on the main body cover. Use the T20 bit to remove them.

 

Move back around to the back and, using the same bit, remove the two screws that are holding on the main body cover.

 

Once the cover is removed there are two T25 screws holding in the pivot assembly. This is a great opportunity to tighten the screws if needed, or replace the pivot assembly.

 

On the back left side there is a little slot that has a tooth in it. Take that out and just like that, you can take your pivot assembly out.

 

Once you have the old pivot assembly out you can replace it with the new one.
Slide the new pivot assembly in, remembering that there is the slot that the tooth needs to go in.

This is important! As you’re putting it on, there are holes that you need to center directly above the screw holes. If it is too far forward or back it won’t allow the transmission to engage properly. We recommend just hand tightening the screws and then finishing with the T25.

 

Now, reinstall the main body cover. Switch out your torque bit with the T20 and replace the four screws that hold the cover in place.

 

Slide the black cover back into place over the cord holder. There is a slot for it to slide into. The screw to hold the cord holder in place is the smaller black T15 screw.

 

Finally, replace the larger black T20 screw at the bottom. Congratulations! You’re done.


This video can be used to replace, adjust, or tighten your pivot assembly.

If you need to purchase a pivot assembly click here.

Here at Great Vacs we’ve serviced and rebuilt nearly 100,000 Kirby vacuum cleaners, so if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave us a comment! You can also head on over to our Youtube channel to see more educational videos.

 

How to Replace a Kirby Vacuum Pivot Assembly

How to Replace a Kirby Vacuum Pivot Assembly


Is the transmission on your Kirby vacuum not engaging at the right time? Is your pivot broken, or is your handle not staying up like it’s supposed...

Read more