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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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 Replace the Foot Pedal on a GV Power Head 

If your GV Power Head’s pedal has broken off for one reason or another, you’re probably not too happy about it. But good news! In this video we show you the easy way to remove and replace the pedal.

 

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

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Flat head screwdriver

 

Instructions

 

Start by flipping your power head over and removing the 11 screws so that you can separate the bottom plate from the top. Set the screws aside in a safe place.

 

Flip back over and remove the top cover.

 

Unplug the wire that goes to the top cover and set the cover aside.

 

There are 2 more screws holding the pivot in place. Remove those and set aside.

 

The pivot will need to be moved so that you can get to the pedal.

 

To get the foot pedal out, you'll need to remove a metal pin and a small metal spring. To remove this pin use your flat head screwdriver to push it partway out. Then you can remove the foot pedal with the pin and spring.

 

Use the needle nose pliers to pull the pin out of the pedal. Don’t lose the spring, because you will need it for the replacement.

 

To assemble the new foot pedal, insert the pin partway.

 

Take the spring and line the longer, straight end up in the back of the pedal.

 

Then push the spring down so the pin can go through the spring and out the other side.

 

Push the pin through just to the other side as shown above.

 

Insert the long end of the pin into the pin hole.

 

Pushing down on the foot pedal, take your flat head screwdriver and bend the angled end of the spring into the hole.

 

Now, push the pin in the rest of the way.

 

Once the foot pedal is in you can replace the pivot.

 

Reconnect the plug.

 

Replace the top cover, making sure not to pinch any wires.

 

Finally, flip the power head over and then replace the screws.

 

 

If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email us at service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos.

 

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In this video we learn how to disassemble, clean, and reassemble the GV Air Powered Turbo 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. 

 

Tools

  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Phillips head screwdriver

 

Instructions

 

 

To remove the top cover, flip the power head over and remove the screws. There are four easily visible and one under each wheel. The flat head screwdriver can be used to pop each wheel off. The Phillips head screwdriver can be used to remove the screws.

 

Once the screws are removed, flip the power head back over and take the cover off.

 

With the cover off, you will have access to the pivot, brush roll, and belt and can make any repairs or replacements needed. You can also clean hair and dirt off the brush roll.

 

Once you’re finished, replace the top cover.

 

Then put the six screws back in and you’re finished.

 

Next, we’re demonstrating how easy it is to service your brush roll. Start by taking it out.

 

To clean the brush roll you can use a straight razor or hook blade. Cut the hair and remove. Make sure to check each end for buildup of hair that needs removed.

 

 

Once the brush roll has been cleaned you can put it back in. Then replace the top cover and screws and you’ve successfully serviced your brush roll!

 

Don’t have a GV Power Head? Get one here!

 

If you own a GV powerhead, and need to replace the brush roll or belt, check out this video.

 

If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email us at service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos.

 

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