How to Test Your Rainbow Vacuum Power Head

Is your Rainbow Vacuum Power Head not working like it should? Try this simple troubleshooting trick to see if the problem actually is your power head.

 

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

 

We are starting with the SE power head. Remember that warning to make sure your vacuum is turned off and unplugged when you service it? Well, this time you’ll actually need to plug it in! Then, take your two-prong connector and plug it in to the canister itself.

 

Flip the power head over and turn your vacuum on. In our video the power head does turn on. If your power head turns on when it’s plugged directly into the vacuum, the problem is likely in the hose.

If your power head didn’t turn on it could be a problem with the two-prong connection or something else within the power head. In that case send us an email to service@greatvacs.com with details about your problem and we can help!

 

The E series is the same process. Take the power head cord and plug it in to the canister. Then flip the power head over and turn the vacuum on.

 

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Rainbow Power Heads

Rainbow Hoses

 

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Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

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

 

We sell Rainbow vacuums! We buy Rainbow vacuums! And we sell water bowls, belts, cords, or anything else you need! If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email as service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our Youtube channel to see more educational videos on all of our different products.

 

How to Test Your Rainbow Vacuum Power Head

How to Test Your Rainbow Vacuum Power Head

Is your Rainbow Vacuum Power Head not working like it should? Try this simple troubleshooting trick to see if the problem actually is your power head.

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How much water does my Rainbow water bowl need?

Too much water, it'll make a mess. Not enough water, it won't do its job correctly. In this video we will show the water fill indicators and how much water your Rainbow water bowls needs.

 

 

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

 

On the right we show an E series 2 quart water bowl and on the left is an SE 2 quart water bowl.

 

The water fill indicator for the E series is the bump in the middle.

 

The SE series indicator is the tall peg in the middle.

 

You will want to pour water in just until the top of the indicator is barely covered. Now it's ready to be reinstalled on your Rainbow vacuum!

 

 

Need a new water bowl? We got them!

 

SE & D4 2 quart water bowl

SE & D4 4 quart water bowl

E Series 2 quart water bowl

E Series 4 quart water bowl

 

Click Here to shop Rainbow Vacuums.

 

Need a Rainbow vacuum guide? Look no further. Check out this link!

 

Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

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

 

We sell Rainbow vacuums! We buy Rainbow vacuums! And we sell water bowls, belts, cords, or anything else you need! If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email as service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our Youtube channel to see more educational videos on all of our different products.

 

How much water does my Rainbow water bowl need?

How much water does my Rainbow water bowl need?

Too much water, it'll make a mess. Not enough water, it won't do its job correctly. In this video we will show the water fill indicators...

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How to Change the Motor in an E Series Power Head

In this how-to-video we will show the process of changing out the power head motor in an E Series 1 speed and 2 speed power head. With a few tools and few minutes of your time you’ll be pro by the time this video ends. Like all our other videos. If you’re still having a hard time or you don’t feel comfortable attempting this on your own. Email us at Service@greatvacs.com giving us a little detail about your situation and we will get you taken care 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. 

 

Tools

  • ¼” bit driver or ¼” socketed wrench
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Needle nose pliers (not recommended, but can make disconnecting wires easier)

 

Instructions

 

E series 1 speed power head

  

Start by flipping the power head over. You will notice two clips on the bottom plate. Before dealing with those you’ll need to unlock the bottom plate.

 

Take your flat head screwdriver and turn the locks to the “unlock” position.

 

Then unclip and remove the bottom plate.

 

Now lift up the belt protector.

 

Then, using your flat head screwdriver, pry the brush roll up and disconnect it.

 

Now you need to remove the screws from the head with your Phillips head screwdriver. There is one located on each side. Be sure to set them aside in a safe place!

 

Turn your power head back over. Making sure that the pivot is down, remove the top cover.

 

 

There are three bolts that you will need to remove using your ¼” bit driver. Set them aside in a safe place.

 

Now we need to disconnect the wires. There is a small black one as shown above that you can carefully pull out.

 

Then disconnect the blue and red butt connector.

 

Now you can remove the motor!

 

It’s time to put the new motor in. Make sure the white wire is underneath it so that it doesn’t get pinched.

 

Place it back into the spot you removed the old motor from.

 

Now replace the three bolts.

 

Then plug the small black wire back into the motor.

 

And reconnect the red and blue butt connector.

 

Replace the top plate but snapping the front on first. Make sure the pivot is still down!

 

Flip the power head over and replace the screws.

 

Now it’s time to replace the brush roll. Start by looping the belt over the motor and then push the brush roll into place. Close the belt protector.

 

Replace the bottom plate by inserting the front end first.

 

And then lock it! You’re done!

 

E series E2 2 speed

 

Start by flipping the power head over and unlocking it with your flathead screwdriver. Remove the bottom plate.

 

Now open the belt protector and, using the flat head screwdriver, pop the brush roll out.

 

You’ll notice that there are no screws for this powerhead! You’ll need to take your screwdriver and get between the rubber bumper and the bottom plate and pry it apart. Make sure the pivot is down.

 

Flip it back over. Disconnect the white connector.

 

There are no screws, but there is are clips on the front and back holding the motor in. Using your flathead screwdriver, pop the motor above each clip.

 

Then slide the motor out of the tabs.

 

Now it’s time to put the new motor in. Slide the motor back in and push it down. You’ll hear it click into place.

 

Plug the white connected back in.

 

Line the top cover up and snap it back into place.

 

Flip it over and get the belt back on the motor. Then pop the brush roll back into place. Close the belt protector.

 

Replace the bottom place and lock it. You’re done!

 

 

Need a new power head motor? Get yours here!

 

Click Here to shop Rainbow Vacuums.

 

Need a Rainbow vacuum guide? Look no further. Check this link.

 

Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

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

 

We sell Rainbow vacuums! We buy Rainbow vacuums! And we sell water bowls, belts, cords, or anything else you need! 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 the Motor in an E Series Power Head

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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

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