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.

 

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

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

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Kirby bag falling off?

Does your Kirby bag keep falling off? Tired of your Kirby vacuum not turning on due to your bag? Well, in this video we will go over a few things that will help fix this problem. We will also show you the proper way to put your bag on.

 

 

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 you take the bag off by twisting counter-clockwise you will notice a small switch.

 

This switch needs to be pushed forward to engage the safety switch. This happens when the bag is attached properly.

 

You will also notice a tab on the end of the bag. This is how your bag engages the safety switch!

 

To make sure you bag is attached properly, take note of the brass pins on the vacuum and the three slots at the end of your bag.

 

Line the bag up on the brass pins and twist clockwise to lock it in place.

 

Maybe you've noticed that your bag pops out of place too easily! That could be a sign of a worn out part somewhere in the bag area. If that’s the case go ahead and send us an email with more details. Send a picture of the inside of the bag area and the attachment area if possible.

 

 

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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How To Use Kirby Vacuum Tools

In this video, Dustin shows everyone how you’re supposed to use Kirby tools! With Kirby, there’s a tool for every job and they all work great.

 

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

 

 

Let’s start by reviewing each tool and what it does! Note: Dustin uses common industry names for some tools and they may not be Kirby’s official terms.

 

The first tool in the caddy is the hardwood floor tool. As the name suggests it works great on hardwood floors, tile, etc.

 

The next tool is the wall and ceiling tool. It can also be used on the floor and the tops of ceiling fans.

 

In the back are two extension wands.

 

And we also have a crevice tool.

 

Next to the crevice tool is the upholstery tool.

 

Then we have the duster brush.

 

The duster brush can be removed from this other tool we call the corner wand.

 

You’ll notice that the corner wand has a suction release valve. This is useful for when you need to vacuum delicate surfaces, like some fabrics, and your Kirby has too much power.

 

Next up is the shampooer.

 

Now we have a tool we call the handheld tool. This attaches to the Kirby vacuum and allows it to be more mobile. A common use is when you’re vacuuming a mattress.

 

Then we have another tool we’ve nicknamed Miss Piggy, because your vacuum looks like a pig when it's attached. You can put fragrances in here and it will make your house smell nice as you vacuum. You will also use this instead of the vacuum head if you’re using it to blow or inflate.

 

Speaking of blowing or inflating, here we have the blower/ inflator tool! You can dust your keyboard or inflate an air mattress with this.

 

Now we have the pet tool! If you’ve got one of those animals that holds still while you vacuum this works great to remove loose hair or fur. Oddly enough, it also matches the normal outside distance of a lightbulb, so you can hook it up to an extension wand and unscrew the lightbulb!

 

Finally, here is the foamer for your shampooer.

 

Now we’ll show you how to use them! The principle for attachment works the same for all tools and wands. They are friction fit, so you push and twist them together at the same time. The tool will not come off if it is done correctly. If it does come off you haven’t twisted it enough. To remove the tool or wand, just untwist.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

How To Use Kirby Vacuum Tools

How To Use Kirby Vacuum Tools

In this video, Dustin shows everyone how you’re supposed to use Kirby tools! With Kirby, there’s a tool for every job and they all work great.

 

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

 

How do you know when to change your belt? Well, if you’re vacuuming your floor and the indicator light starts coming on and off or you smell a burning smell that usually means the belt is starting to slip. Time to replace it!

 

The first thing you need to do is take off the head. You have to do this part right, because if you do it wrong the belt won’t engage when you put it back on the machine. Start this process by lifting the lid.

 

You’ll see two green arrows that are aligned. Spin the belt lifter so that the two red arrows are aligned.

 

Now that the belt is disengaged you can release the head - it will drop down and you can remove it.

 

If you look inside you’ll see that the belt is stretched up.

 

Next, turn the levers on the back of the head, which allows you to remove the bottom plate.

 

Then turn the belt lifter back to green to release the belt.

 

Remove the brush roll and old belt.

 

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the Kirby brush roll. Each side is numbered, which allows you to adjust how high or low it sits in the head. If you have a lower carpet you will probably pick a higher number so that it makes better contact.

 

Slide the new belt on the brush roll.

 

Now put the brush roll back in the head, making sure the set both sides to the desired number.

 

With one hand hold the belt firmly against the brush roll and, with the other, turn the belt lifter back to the red arrows.

 

 

Replace your bottom plate.

 

Take note of the two hooks on the back of the head. These will need to hook onto the bar on the vacuum.

 

Tilt the head up and latch it in place.

 

Finally, turn the belt lifter back to green on green. You’re done!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

How To Replace A Kirby Vacuum Belt

How To Replace A Kirby Vacuum Belt 

Kirby owners often ask us how to change the vacuum cleaner’s belt! In this video, Dustin shows you exactly how to do it!