Sebo Felix Classic Bagged Upright Vacuum

How to Identify and Fix Common Vacuum Problems ?

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Check the active wand, the flexible hose, filter bag and micro-filters, and any on-board attachments that may be clogged. Also remove the brush roller to check for blockages. Inspect the orange trap door on the underside of the power head and remove any debris or blockages.
The Indicator light on the powerhead will flash red if the brush height is set too high or too low on the carpets, so you can adjust the height of the powerhead to the optimal setting. It is very easy to remove and maintain the roller brush.
After years of use, your brush roller may exhibit very little visible wear so gives the impression it is still fit for service. However, don`t be fooled by this (as many people are). The bristles become soft with time with the result that the machine becomes very heavy to push around when in use.
Brush Shut Off – If an obstruction jams the brush roller, an orange warning light on the power head illuminates and the brush roller stops spinning. This feature prevents the belts from breaking and protects the motor and car- pet from damage.
If your vacuum cleaner keeps turning off, this could be due to the following reasons: Blockages – check the hose and head for any obstructions. Filter – always check your filters, if these are clogged this could be causing the vacuum cleaner to work harder and lose suction power.
A damaged vacuum hose, clogged motor air filter or bad suction motor can cause the vacuum cleaner to shut off during use. A tripped overload on the vacuum suction motor can shut off the vacuum cleaner during use. If your vacuum has a reset button, push it; if the vacuum seems hot, let it cool off first.
If a Red LED is blinking and the TV is not working properly it means that the TV has detected an issue or problem. Most Red LED blink conditions require service. The meaning of the blink codes differs between TV models. However, the number of blinking times is mostly 2 to 8.
If you are lucky enough to own a SEBO vacuum, you are guaranteed a life span of at least 15 years thanks to the hard work of German engineers. Nonetheless, learning some basic maintenance tips and tricks wouldn`t hurt the longevity of your vacuum. In fact, it may lengthen the total life expectancy upwards of 20 years!
Clog located in the vacuum hose

Turn the unit on and feel the suction at the end of the hose handle. If there is no or low suction, then the clog is in the hose. You can remove the clog by running a long, stiff object through the hose, such as a butter knife, starting at the wall end.

When this occurs you should promptly insert a new bag. SEBO vacuum filters should be changed after every 10 to 20 bags, depending upon use time & the type of debris material collected by the vacuum.
No, Sebo vacuum bags are not reusable and should be disposed of and replaced when full.
Loose connections will cause your vacuum cleaner to lose suction. Make sure that the dust container, the hose, the tube and the brush are all attached properly. If the problem continues, your vacuum cleaner might have a technical problem. If you suspect this to be the case, contact an authorised service agent.
If your vacuum always trips the breaker, you most likely have an actual electrical problem. Signs that indicate your AFCI breaker is tripping due to an electrical problem include: Frayed cords. If your vacuum cords are old, frayed or deteriorating, it could be producing dangerous electrical arcing.
Overheated Motor

If your vacuum was working fine and then suddenly shut off, it may have overheated. Most vacuums are equipped with a thermal protector safety switch that won`t allow the motor to run when it becomes overheated. You will need to wait for 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on your machine, to try again.

The most common problems found in vacuum cleaners are low suction force, excessive noise, burning smell, vacuum not turn on, and overheating. These issues can be fixed by either cleaning the device or replacing some parts of the device. At times, it is best to seek a professional to fix the cleaner effectively.
When there is a STEADY RED LIGHT, you must stop before crossing the marked stop line or crosswalk. If you do not see any lines, stop before entering the intersection.
Generally, this occurs when the charger does not receive a signal from the batteries, in other words there is a break in the connection between the charger and batteries.
Red rapid flashing (0.25 sec. on, 0.25 sec. off) = something is wrong in the LED light source, with the temperature sensor or the electronics. Send the internal mechanism off for repair.
Green usually means go, but flashing green means pull over or yield.
Sebo vacuums are built to last. In fact, many of our customers report that their vacuums continue to work flawlessly for 20 years or more. If you`re looking for a high-quality vacuum cleaner that will stand the test of time, Sebo is the way to go.
Because of their superior power-head and brush roller technology, SEBO vacuums are the best for pet hair removal and lifting dander/allergens from the carpet and off of bare floors.
The average life expectancy of a mid-range vacuum cleaner is about six years. You can fix or replace things like blocked filters, jammed brush rolls, frayed hoses, worn-out stick vac batteries and broken accessories yourself.
There are varying degrees of quality and value when it comes to vacuums; if you paid a lot for the appliance, repairs are likely worth it, but we recommend that you don`t spend more than half of the original price for any repairs.
As a general rule, if the repair is going to cost less than half the cost of a new vacuum cleaner, it`s best to go ahead and get it repaired. When the service tops half the price of a new machine, it`s probably best to invest in a newer model.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

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My sebo felix is completely dead – i have checked the fuse and that is ok
ANSWER : Most likely this is a problem with the flex. Quite often it gets damaged (simply wear and tear) – most commonly just where it leaves the plug or where it enters the machine, as these points are subject to the most strain and flexing. Unless you feel confident dealing with electrical problems, you are best advised to let a professional repairer look at the machine..
.If you want more help, post a reply here, and I’ll see what I can do. Good luck!

Sebo Automatic X1 Stopped. Yesterday my Sebo stopped working. I know this can happen if it gets blocked and overheated so I checked for blockages, none. And left it too cool down. Tried it again but it was completely dead, Changed the fuse and it ran for 1 second and stopped again. Any ideas?
ANSWER : Hello,
.Ok, thanks for the clarification. Even though the cord doesn‘t have any external damage, it’s still very possible that it has gone bad. When a Sebo upright doesn‘t even start, this can mean one of several things. The parts that could go bad that would cause the machine not to turn on would be the cord (most common on a Sebo), the on/off switch, the PC board that’s on top of the motor, or the actual motor. In the 7 years that I’ve been selling Sebo, I have only changed out one PC board, and I’ve never had to replace a single motor on a Sebo yet. I have had to replace several cords over the years, some showing external damage, others didn‘t show any damage.
.The cord and the switch are going to be the easiest parts to test, and also happen to be the most common, so this is a great place to start.
.Here’s how you can test the switch and the cord on the vacuum cleaner. You’ll need to have a simply Electrical tester that will test if current is going through the cord. Here’s a link to a similar one that is very inexpensive that I used in this repair solution:
.Step 1. Unwrap the electrical cord from the vacuum cleaner, and set the entire cord aside. Also remove the on-board wand that rests directly behind the bag housing. After the wand has been taken out, you should see on the left side of the vacuum where the handle goes into the body of the vacuum a little gray lever (my picture this lever is yellow as I only had a Sebo X5 on the floor, but the repair is identical). This is what the lever looks like:
.Step 2. As you’ll see if you look closely, the lever says “closed”. Turn the lever towards the front of the vacuum so the lever reads “open”.
.Step 3. Once the lever is moved to open, lift straight up on the entire handle assembly to remove it from the vacuum cleaner.
.Step 4. Once you have the handle assembly out of the vacuum cleaner, turn the handle upside down. You’ll be able to see two small metal electrical terminals that connect into the base of the vacuum where the handle meets the vacuum cleaner. Make sure that both terminals are visible. I have seen a few Sebo‘s where the handle has come loose, and these terminals no longer make connection to the rest of the vacuum, causing the vacuum not to turn on. You can re-attach the handle into the vacuum cleaner, turn the lever on the side from open back to closed, and test the vacuum to see if it comes on.
.Step 5. If the vacuum failed to come on after reinstalling the handle, take the handle back out of the vacuum. Put one of the wires from your electrical tester into each terminal in the bottom of the handle assembly. Make sure that the tester is actually making contact with the metal terminals. It should look like this:
.Step 6. With each of the electrical tester wires pushed down into the handle and making sure they are making contact, plug the cord into a standard wall outlet. If current is present, the electrical tester will light up. If not light comes on, try flipping the on/off switch and see if this has an effect on if the tester lights up or not:
.As you can see in the picture above, the cord and switch on this vacuum are good. If your tester lights up when you put it into the handle, then this means that your cord and switch are good. This means that either your motor, or PC board have gone bad.
.If the tester signals that you don’t have any power at the bottom of the handle, then this means that either your switch or your cord is bad.
.If you will please let me know the results of the electrical test here on the bottom of the handle, I will then go into the next steps of the repair, and explain how to open up the machine and either replace the cord / switch, or if you did have power here, the pc board or the motor.
.Please just use the clarification request form that you used last time. I hope this was helpful in diagnosing your machine. If this helped you, please be kind and rate the repair as helpful by clicking the thumbs up icons in the top of the repair.
.I look forward to helping you fix your Sebo.
.Chris J.

My Roomba Discovery 4210 seems to be dead. Specifically, with or without a battery, and whether on the charging station or plugged directly into the charging unit, I see no lights on the display whatsoever. This unit has a history of killing batteries, but now seems like it is completely dead. I understand that the batteries themselves contain fuses; is there some way to bypass the battery (for now) to verify whether the unit itself is completely dead? I should also note that this is the sec
ANSWER : Hello,

I will advice you remove the batteries from your Roomba Discovery 4210, after removing the batteries, plug the Roomba Discovery 4210 directly with the charger to an AC outlet, see if charges, if it does, it means the batteries are dead and will need to be replaced.

Take care.

My Bisssil cleaner will not pick up the water from the floor. I checked all the trouble shooter helps and evewrything is OK Checked all belts they are OK. It also will not pick up water with the hand held tools, seems as though the vacuum is not working


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Fuses I got this vac from a friend without fuses or a manual…..I found a manual online, but it doesn’t refer to what size fuses to use. Could some one help me out with what size fuse I buy? Thank you, Carla
ANSWER : They are a 25 if that helps , they look like a car fuse so I assume they are.

I have a Husqvarna Viking Designer sewing machine. The fuse blew in the machine and I am having trouble finding a replacement fuse. It is a T3.5/250v glass fuse. Please let me know where to find one. I have searched the internet high and low and can’t find one. Radio Shack has a 3.0amp 250v slow blow fuse whick seems to be the right dimensions. Willl that work. Otherwise, I am not sure what to do and can’t afford to take the machine to a repair show. Thank you.
ANSWER : That fuse will work no problem. There is no harm in trying it.
The machine probably requires about 2 amps or less under normal operation.
Being a 3.0 amp slow blow fuse, it will withstand short bursts of extra current when your machine gets temporarily overloaded.

Just make sure the machine is properly lubricated and runs freely. The fuse will definitely blow if your machine should get jammed or something like that.

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My hoover keeps cutting off and on, now it doesn’t even come on. I have checked the fuse its ok and i can’t cheak the wireing,the plug is moulded into the socket.
ANSWER : Chances are your cord was damaged inside the insulation and over time it finally opened. That would cause the cac to not operate any more. If you have access to or one of your friends has a multimeter then you can check the wiring by using that meter in the OHM mode… and placing one lead on each of the two plug terminals at the end of your cord ( not plugged into power of course ) and put the vac switch on.. you should not see an open circuit and read something in the range of 10’s of ohms to 100’s of ohms …depending on what path it takes.. ( meaning that with the switch on.. you should be measuring resistance through the motor windings and/or light bulb ..if it has one… That would be a quick test of your wiring integrity… Hope that helps..

Sebo upright. Check brush light come on when in use. Vacuum appears to be working ok but seems a little heavy.
ANSWER : Try adjusting the height up ( higher the better ) also make sure the brush is turnig freely if not remove it ( push the button on the top of the brush roll housing and pull the side off ) and make sure nothing is stuck