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Kenmore vacuum problem 116.25813508
I have a Kenmore vacuum model 116.25813508. Both the Powermate and Powermate Jr. attachments have stopped working, although the vacuum still runs fine when using the floor brush. Shortly before the connection completely died, I had noticed the Powermate 'sputtering' a few times, when using it, and then it would run smoothly if I turned the handle to the right while using it. Since power isn't getting to either attachment, though, I'm guessing whatever has shorted or broken is located in the handle/hose assembly. Are there certain connections I can check inside the assembly and/or fix with a specific new part or is it something that requires bringing the vacuum into a shop somewhere? I was looking through the parts diagrams on this site, but not quite sure which piece might be the culprit (maybe #3?...hate to replace the whole assembly-part #14-if it's not needed). Thank you! Look forward to any insight you can lend...
Posted January 27, 2013