Thread Number: 38835  /  Tag: 80s/90s Vacuum Cleaners
Electrolux Tip - Plastic Bodied Lockout Valve
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Post# 412565   8/9/2019 at 20:11 (335 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

Through the generosity of another collector I received several plastic bodied Electrolux canisters this weekend (2100, thru the blue and white Legacy). Most of them had a faulty bag lockout valve. Apparently what happens is the plastic on the valve breaks and the bottom seal falls off into the valve chamber. This causes the bag check light to come on when you put your hand over the hose inlet. This seems to be a common problem.

The valves run about $30 to $40 on eBay. For a temporary solution I used a very small amount of glue to glue the seal back on the valve stem. This seemed to work. I'll probably purchase a new valve at some point. But for now the glue fix seems to be working. Again, this is only a temporary solution. As another member said on here you don't have to take the whole canister apart to access the valve. The valve can be pulled out from the top.

A very simple fix to one of the most user friendly vacuums ever made! The newer VM3 motors are so powerful! I'm impressed. I can see the PN lifting the carpet off the floor.

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Post# 412668 , Reply# 1   8/13/2019 at 11:10 (331 days old) by quebecois (Waterloo, Canada)        

I'm not sure I understand exactly: to pull out the valve, all I need is a pair of pliers to pull the dial knob out? Will the valve come out with the knob?

Also, I'm not sure exactly what you mean by the bottom seal, it doesn't shows up accurately on your pictures. Can you point at it?

I ask these questions because a friend of mine has what looks like this exact problem with his Lux 5000 and he wnats me to fix it

Post# 412710 , Reply# 2   8/14/2019 at 01:32 (330 days old) by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Wouldn't a more reliable solution be to electrically bypass the valve switch?

Post# 412714 , Reply# 3   8/14/2019 at 08:14 (330 days old) by Kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Bypass the switch.

Yes you can pull the tube that goes to the switch in picture two. That would disable the vacuum From switching off when the back is full. All it is is a little bit of suction that moves the switch to the off position when the valve registers that the bag is full. But then you wouldn't have that feature.

It's probably best to buy a new bag lockout valve. The seal is on the stem in picture two. The retaining plastic is what breaks off.

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