My Kirby Won't Turn On! Safety Switches and Other Common Problems 

Are you having trouble getting your Kirby vacuum to turn on? Today we go over a few common problems that may keep your Kirby from working the way it should.

 

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 

 

If your Kirby vacuum isn’t turning on, the first thing you’ll want to do is check the safety switches. We’ll start with the one behind the power nozzle.

 

Start by releasing the belt.

 

Now release the latch.

 

When you take the powerhead off, you’ll be able to see the safety switch.

 

When you put the head on, a small tab will press this safety switch. It should be sticking out about half an inch or so. If it looks short or has a jagged, broken edge, then you tab is probably broken and isn’t engaging the safety switch. The solution is to replace the power head and we can help you with that! Just email us at service@greatvacs.com with more details.

 

If your tab looks good, you’ll want to be sure you’re attaching the head properly. There is a bar on the vacuum and two hooks on the power head. These hooks will need to hook over the bar.

 

Raise the height of the vacuum all the way to make it easier, then attach the head.

 

Secure the latch and engage the belt. The power head should only have a slight, 1-2 mm gap. If yours looks like the one pictured above you should be good!

 

The next safety switch is by the bag. If you remove the bag, you’ll notice this tiny switch on the vacuum.

 

There is a tab on the bag that pushed the switch forward when attached properly.

 

For the bag to be attached properly it will need to be aligned on the three brass tabs.

 

Set the bag on the tabs and turn clockwise until you feel it lock into place.

 

 If any of these tabs are broken the bag may not engage the switch. Also, if you notice the bag is popping back out of place too easily that could be a sign something is worn out and needs replaced.

 

If you’ve checked your safety switches and those all work and it’s STILL not turning on you should check the power cord. Unwind the cord and try wiggling it around as you attempt the turn the vacuum on. If the vacuum turns on at some point you likely have a short in the power cord. If that happens send us an email at service@greatvacs.com and we can help replace the cord.

  

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 education videos.

 

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You'll never guess what 5 things this vacuum can do!

 

Can a Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner blow air? Can it pickup wet and dry messes? Can it be used as a purifier? What about Pet Hair? All these questions and more are answered today as we learn 5 things Rainbow 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

 

Rainbow vacuums can be used to blow of inflate simply by attaching the hose to the exhaust side! This is great for cleaning keyboards or dusting furniture and delicate electronics.

 

You can also use to clean places like automotive interiors and your engine bay.

 

Your Rainbow vacuum can also be used to quickly inflate air mattresses, beachballs, and inner tubes.

 

#2 – Wet and Dry Pickup

 

Rainbows are great for picking up pretty much anything – like spilled milk or water.

 

#3 – Air Purifying Mode

 

Rainbow vacuums are also great at cleaning air. They have HEPA and water filtration and are one of the best air purifiers on the market.

 

#4 – Pet Hair and Stair Cleaning

 

These vacuums are also great for cleaning up pet hair because of their excellent filtration and huge array of attachments.

 

One of the attachments is the Rainbow Mini Head, which is great for cleaning stairs without having to carry a heavy vacuum up and down.

 

#5 – Shampooing

 

With a few additional steps you can transform your Rainbow vacuum into a shampooing machine.  You can clean anything from low pile carpet to high pile carpet, tile, and any other water-safe hard floor surface. You can also easily transition from multiple surfaces to the next without needing to switch attachments.

 

Need to clean upholstery or auto interiors? There’s a hand held shampooer that is perfect for that!

 

 

Want to know what Rainbow vacuum is best for you? Check out our Rainbow Vacuum guide!

 

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 parts, tools, 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.

 

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How to Replace a Kirby Vacuum Hose End

Is your Kirby tool hose not attaching properly to the vacuum body? It may be due to a broken or worn out Hose End. Today we show you how to easily replace that old end piece.

 

 

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

  • Needle nose pliers

 

Instructions

 

The first thing you will want to do is inspect your hose end. Check the long tab that engages the safety switch, the two hooks, and the three slots inside. If any of those are damaged, you will need to replace your hose end.

 

To remove the old hose end take your needle nose pliers and grab the rubber lip on the inside.

 

Then twist to the side. This will create a gap.

 

Now, push the needle nose pliers further into the gap and twist more, until the rubber lip folds in on itself. 

 

At this point you can take your other hand and press up on the hose end while you press the other direction with the pliers and they should come apart.

 

To get the new hose end on you will do the same thing. Take your needle nose pliers and twist the rubber part.

 

Hold the rubber piece with your hand and slide the new hose end over it.

 

Once it’s on you’ll notice that the rubber piece is still bent.

 

Simple take your finger and press it back out! You’re done!

 

Click Here to shop Kirby Vacuum Hose Ends

 

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 education videos.

 

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My Rainbow won't turn on! Broken water bowl tabs and other common problems.

Are you having trouble getting your Rainbow E Series vacuum to turn on? Today we go over a few common problems that may keep your Rainbow from working the way it should.

 

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

  • A screwdriver

 

Instructions

This video works for ALL Rainbow E series vacuum cleaners!

 

The first thing you’ll want to do is take off your water bowl. To do this release the latches and lift off.

 

You’ll notice on the water bowl that there is a tab that sticks up about half an inch. The edges should all be nice and smooth, so if yours has any jagged edges it’s broken and you’ll have to replace your water bowl.

 

If that’s good and the rest of your water bowl looks good, including the areas where the latches fit, then your water bowl likely isn’t the problem.

 

Before putting the water bowl back on take a look at the latches. If those are cracked or broken in any way the water bowl probably isn’t getting latched tight enough which will also cause the vacuum to not turn on.

 

If you look underneath you will see a safety switch. This gets pressed by the water bowl when it’s latched in place. It has to be pressed for the vacuum to turn on!

 

So, let’s check this switch! You will need to be super careful, because the middle of the vacuum will spin very fast when you turn it on! Keep your hands and anything else clear of that whole area.

Plug your vacuum in, press the safety switch, and turn it on. If your vacuum turns on you know the safety switch is functioning so the problem is with the water bowl.

Once you’ve checked all of those parts, go ahead and reattach your water bowl and turn the vacuum on. If it turns on, then you’re all set. If it doesn’t send us an email at service@greatvacs.com and we can help.

 

If you have a Rainbow E Series Black you will notice that it has a red light on the front. If the red light turns on the vacuum won’t turn on. In this case there is probably a problem with the hose, wand, or power nozzle. Make sure the hose is plugged into the vacuum, the hose is plugged into the wands, and that the wands are plugged into the power head. If all the connections are clean, snug, and free of moisture you can check the bottom of your power nozzle. If the brush roll is clogged it will prevent the vacuum from turning on. If you check all of that and the vacuum still won't turn on, email us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help!

 

Which model of Rainbow vacuum is the best? Here's what we think!

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 waterbowls, belts, 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.

 

My Rainbow won't turn on! Broken water bowl tabs and other common problems.

My Rainbow won't turn on! Broken water bowl tabs and other common problems.

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