DIY · Family

DIY on a Dyson

I’ve returned! The husband half of the blog is once again contributing to the site. And while I don’t have anything as catchy as “Menu Monday” or “Wellness Wednesday”, I thought I would share with you my recent experience with DIY repairs. Maybe “Tool Time Tuesday” will become “a thing”?

Seven or so years ago, we purchased a Dyson “canister” vacuum. We felt we were waging a never-ending war against pet fur and dander in our previous home, where the floors just happened to be about 75% carpet. We were constantly vacuuming (and steam cleaning) the carpets as our new daughters were crawling around and learning to walk. Fed up with our other less expensive brands, we finally had had enough and splurged on a Dyson “Animal”, and we were quite pleased with the immediate results.

Then we moved.

To a house with hardwood floors.

We still use the Dyson regularly, particularly on the area rug in our family room, and it is just as effective (possibly more effective?) at picking up dirt and pet fur off the smooth hardwood. The hose attachments are very useful for reaching into corners, under furniture, and even for cleaning upholstery. Based on the amount of dirt we vacuum up off the hardwood, we try not to think about how much dirt and fur was trapped in those carpets at the old home. Shudder.

Over the past six months or so, however, we began experiencing an issue: the Dyson was no longer simply turning on whenever we pressed the red “ON” button. It started slow, misfiring once every three or four attempts. Then it grew progressively worse, as it would take us five or six (or more!) attempts to get the vacuum started.

We contacted Dyson customer support to see what they could do for us. As the vacuum was nearly as old as our youngest child, it was well beyond the warranty terms, so we weren’t going to get it repaired at no charge. Instead, they offered to schedule an authorized Dyson repair an to visit our home, for a service call fee of $150. They were also sure to point out that the $150 was just for the visit. Any parts, labor or other work completed would be charged extra.

I couldn’t see the point in paying at least $200 to repair an old vacuum when for a little but more we could simply purchase a new one. But I really didn’t want to have to buy a new vacuum, either.

Fortunately, google, YouTube and Amazon were here for me! A quick search and a little bit of reading led to the realization that this “ON” switch failure was a fairly common problem for these Dysons and I certainly wasn’t the first to experience this issue. Several helpful DIYers were nice enough to post YouTube videos of themselves taking the apparatus apart, replacing the switch, and putting it all back together.

So after a brief internet search for the correct part, a few clicks on Amazon to order it, and a two day wait while Amazon Prime did their thing, my replacement switch arrived. With some help from my wife, we followed the amateur instructional video, removed the faulty switch, replaced it with the new one, and put our trusty Dyson back together. Now it’s working great and turning on every time! And all for just $6.84

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