How do I disassemble a Kenmore Whispertone canister vacuum? Our older model is malfunctioning and I would like to consider a repair prior to shopping for a new replacement. Model 116.26412690
Strangely, it wont shut-off, even with the handle disconnected (removed power switch). If you hit the canister really hard on the side, then it shuts off???
Regarding the behavior of this relay, my whispertone 200 is turning on (motor spins up) and then it stops. I can replicate this behavior again and again. Does this also sound like a relay issue? The motor is not frozen up. Thanks.
There are screws underneath the cord release foot switch (gray piece that you push w/ your foot to retract the cord in case words have been rubbed off) which has 4 tabs on the dark gray main casing that need to be pushed forward to remove the foot switch so that you can get to the screws to open the mian casing.
You will need to replace the relay. There are two screws under the bag door hinges and two more under the cord retract button. The button has to be pryed off with a screw driver from the back. The relay is the small black box with 5 or 6 wires on it, next to the motor. If you need help or parts, our email is email@example.com