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Vacuum Cleaners/Kenmore Progressive 116.27615701 stopped working


Hi Lisa,
My vacuum just stopped working while vacuuming.  The wand with the switch works fine with an identical vacuum. My vacuum won't work with the wand from the working vacuum.  I presume that either the fuse is blown, the circuit board is no good or the fan motor is shot.  The problem is I don't know how to get to the motor compartment to repair it. Also, given what I think could be the problem, could you tell me what is the likely cause from most likely to least likely.  Have I missed a likely possibility.
Thanks in advance for your help.

Hi Carolyn! Thanks for the question.  Have you tried the vacuum today?  Or did you yesterday after about an hour? Did it start again? And if so, did it once again stop?
 Could it be that it is shutting itself off via the thermal relay? To avoid burning up the motor, if airflow is restricted, the vacuum will turn off before it burns up.
Please send me a follow up.
 Thank you.

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