Having problems with your Dyson DC17 Animal Bagless Upright Cyclonic Vacuum ?

On/off switch is faulty

\015 I have to hold the power button down and keep it down to vacuum.\015\012i feel the switch is bad\015\012any ideas?\015

Answers :

I just fixed my Dyson DC17 last night with this same problem. You will need a T-15 Torx screwdriver and (optionally - this just makes part of it easier) a small flathead screwdriver.

Pull the extension hose out to expose the area behind the power switch. There will be 2 small screws there. Unscrew them with the Torx screwdriver. Next there are 4 plastic tabs that need to be pushed in (this is where the flathead is helpful, but I was able to do them with just my fingers). When you push the tabs in, you can remove the switch cover from the front. (I also removed the dust collection container) You should see two small black boxes with a small reddish-colored switch on top - these are the switches. One is for turning the brush on/off (on the left, as you face it) and the other is power (on the right). Slide the black box for the power switch out of it's position. This may not be everyone's problem, but my switch apparently had something inside it that was stuck. As it is opaque and had no obvious way to open it, I can't say exactly what was wrong. I just flicked it a few times with my finger until the switch on top popped up. After that, when I pressed it down, it clicked into place. Pressing it again made it click out of the held position. Put everything back together and you should be good to go.
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