Craftsman 79938 Blower User Manual

CRAFTSMAN°
Operator's Manual
12 AMP Motor
195 MPH/405 CFM
ELECTRIC BLOWER/VACUUM
Model
No.
358.799380
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FOR HOUSEHOLD
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USE
Read
and follow all Safety Rules and Operating
ARNING:
Instructions before first use of this product.
For answers
your questions
about this product,
call
7am-7pm, to Mon.-Sat.,
or 10am-7pm,
Sun.
Sears, Roebuck end Co., Hoffman
53(3087635 1Q/26/99
Estates, IL 60179 USA
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Warranty Statement
Safety Rules
Assembly
Operation
Maintenance
Service & Adjustments
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5
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9
10
Storage
Troubleshooting
Parts Available
Spanish
Parts Ordering
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10
10
Chart
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Back Cover
FULL ONE YEAR WARRANTY ON SEARS CRAFTSMAN ELECTRIC BLOWER
If this Craftsman Electric Blower fails to perform properly due to a detect in material or workmanship within (1) one year from the date of purchase, Sears will repair
or replace it, free of charge.
WARF_NTY SERVICE IS AVAILABLEBY RETURNINGTHE CRAFTSMANELECTRIC
BLOWERTO THE NEAREST SEARS STORE IN THE UNITED STATES.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights
which vary from state to state.
Sears, Roebuck and Co. D/817WA Hoffman Estates, IL 60179
IMPORTANT WARNINGS AND
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
A'WARNING:
When
using electric gardening appliances,
basic safety precautions should always
be followed to reduce the risk of fire,
electric shock, and serious injury.
_WARNING:
The warnings and
safety instructions in this manual must
be followed to reduce the risk of fire,
electric shock, or injury, and to provide
reasonable safety and efficiency in using this unit. The operator is responsible
for following the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the unit,
Read the entire Operator's Manual be.
fore assembling and using the unit! Restrict the use of this unitto persons who
read, understand, and follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and
on the unit. Never allow children to use
this unit. Close attention is necessary
when used near children.
OPERATOR SAFETY
• Always wear safety glasses or similar
eye protectionwhen operating, servicing, or performing maintenance on
your unit. Wearing eye protection can
help to prevent rocks or debris from
being blown or ricocheting into eyes
and face which can result in blindness
or serious injury.
• Always wear a respirator or facemas k
when working with the unit in dusty environments.
• Dress safely in long pants, Do not go
barefoot or wear short pants or sandals.
• Do not operate the unit when you are
tired, ill, upset, or it you are under the
influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication.
• Secure hair so it is above shoulder
length. Keep loose hair, loose clothing, fingers, and all other parts of the
body away from openings and moving
parts. Hair, jewelry, loose clothing, or
clothing with loosely hanging straps,
ties, tassels, etc., can be caught in
moving parts.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY
• Use only a voltage supply as shown
on the name plate of the unit.
• Avoid dangerous situations. Do not
use in presence of flammable liquids
or gases to avoid creating a fire or explosion and/or causing damage to
unit.
• Avoid dangerous environments. Do
not use in unventilated areas or where
dust or explceivevapors can build up.
• TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK--Do
not use in
damp or wet locations or around swimming pools, hot tubs, etc. Do not expose to snow, rein, or water. Do not
handle extension cord plug or unit with
wet hands.
• To reduce the risk of electrical shock,
use extension cords speciticaIly
marked as suitable for outdoor appliances having electrical rating not
less than the rating of the unit. The
cord must be marked with the suffix
"W-A" (in Canada, "W"). Use a polarized cord. Make sure your extension
cord is in good condition. If damaged,
have the cord replaced. An undersized extension cord will cause a drop
in linevoltage resulting in loss of powerandoverhesting, If in doubt, usethe
next heavier gauge, The smaller the
gauge number, the heavier the cord.
(NOTE: The correct size to be used
depending on the cordlength isshown
in this manual).
• To reduce the risk of electricalshock,
this equipment has a polarized plug
(one blade is wider than the other). This
plug will fit only one way in a polarized
outlet of the extension cord. Ensure you
have a polarized extension cord. The
plug of the polarized extension cord will
fit into the outlet only one wey. Ifthe plug
does not fit fully inthe outlet, reverse the
plug. If it stilldoes not tit,contact a qualified electrician to installproper outlet. Do
not change the plug in any way.
• Inspact the insulation and connectors
on the unit and extension cord before
each use. If there is any damage, do
not use until damage is repaired by
your Sears Service Center. Do not
pull or carry by cord; do not use cord
as a handle, close a door on cord, or
pull cord around sharp edges or corners. Keep cord away from heated
surfaces. Do not unplug by pulling on
cord. To unplug, grasp the plug, not
the cord.
• To reduce the possibilityof the extension cord disconnecting from the unit
during operation, tie cord to cord retainer and connect to recessed plug
as shown in this manual.
• Don't use the unitifthe switch does not
turn the unit on and offproperly, Have
the unit repaired by your Sears Service Center,
• Keep the extension cord clear of operator and obstacles at all times. Do not
expose cords to heat, oil, water, or
sharp edges.
• Avoid any body contact with any
grounded conductor, such as matel
fences, or pipes, to avoid the possibility of electdc shock. Don't handle plug
or unit with wet hands.
• Do not use with damaged cord or plug.
If unit is not working as it should, has
been dropped, damaged, left outdoors, or dropped into water, return it
to your Sears Service Center for repair.
• Ground
Fault Circuit
Interrupter
(GFCI) protection should be provided
on the circuit or outlet to be used for
this unit. Receptacles are available
having built-in GFCI protection and
may be used for this measure of safety,
• Keep others including children, animals, bystanders, and helpers a minimum of 30feet (10 meters) away. Stop
the motor immediately it you are apprcached. Do not allow the unit to be
used as a toy.
DOUBLE INSULATION
CONSTRUCTION
This unit is Double Insulated to help
protect against electric shock. Double
insulation construction consists of two
separate "layers" of electrical insulation instead of grounding.Tools and appliances built with a double insulation
system are not intended to be
grounded. No grounding means is provided on this unit, nor should a means
of grounding be added to this unit. As
a result, the extension cord used with
your unit can be plugged into any standard 120 volt electrical outlet.Safety
precautions must be observed when
operating any electrical tool. The
double insulation system only provides
added protection against injury resulting from an internal electrical insulation
faiture.
All electrical repairs to this unit, including housing, switch, motor, etc,, must
be diagnosed and repaired by qualified
service personnel. Replacement parts
for a double insulated appliance must
be identical to the parts they replace, A
double insulated appliance is marked
with the words DOUBLEINSULATION or
DOUBLE INSULATED.The symbol []
(square within a square) may also be
marked on the appliance. Failure to
have the unit repaired by Sears service personnel can cause the double
insulation
construction
tobecome
inef-
fective and result in sedous injury,
UNIT/MAINTENANCE SAFETY
• Turn off all controls and allow the motor to stop before disconnecting the
unit from the power source.
• Disconnect the unit from the power
source when not in use. Do not leave
the unit when it is plugged into outlet,
• Do not set the unit on any surface except a clean, hard area while the unitis
running. Debris such as gravel, sand,
dust, grass, etc,, could be picked up
by the air intake and thrown out
through the discharge opening, damaging the unit, property, or causing serious injury to bystanders or operator,
• Do not overreach or use from unstable
surfaces suoh as ladders, trees, steep
slopes, rooftops, etc. Use extra care
when oleanlng on stairways, Keep
firm footing and balance at all times,
Keep hands out of tubes.
• Inspect theentire unit before each use
for worn, loose, missing, or damaged
parts. Do not use until the unit is in
proper working order.
• Disconnect unit from power source
before servicing, cleaning, performing
maintenance, or storing,
This unit is Double Insulated, Seethe
"DOUBLE INSULATION"section. Have
all internal service performed by qualified service repair personnel to avoid
creating a hazard or voiding your warranty.
• Have all maintenance other than the
recommended procedures described
in the Operator's Manual performed
by your Sears Service Center.
• Always see your Sears Service Center to replace a damaged impeller.
Parts that are chipped, cracked, broken, or damaged in any other way can
fiy apart and cause serious injury. Replace damaged parts before using the
unit
• Never place any object Intheair intake
opening as this couJd restrict proper
airflow and cause damage to the unit.
• Never douse the unit with water or other liquids or squirt with a water hose
Clean with a damp sponge and mi_d
soap. See "STORAGE."
• Check air intake openings and tubes
frequently,
always with the unit
stopped and power source disoonnested. Keep vents and tubes free ol
debris which can accumulate and restrict proper air flow,
• Do notbum, incinerate, or expose this
unit to extreme heat.
• Store the unit unplugged in a high,
cool, dry, indoor area out of the reach
of children.
• Use only recommended attachments
and replacement parts to avoid creating a hazard and]or voiding warranty.
• Maintain the unit acoording to recommended procedures,
• Use only for jobs explained in this
manual.
BLOWER SAFETY
• Use only in daylight or in good artificial
light.
• Inspect the area before using the unit,
Remove all debris and hard objects
suoh as rocks, glass, wire, etc,, that
can ricochet, be thrown, or otherwise
cause injury or damage.
• Avoid accidental starting. Be sure the
switch is in the OFF position and keep
your hand and fingers away from the
switch while connecting the unit to the
power source or when carrying a unit
connected to the power source.
• Never run the unit without the proper
equipment attaohed, When used as a
blower, always install a blower tube,
Use only recommended attachments.
Do not use with any opening blocked,
Keep free of dust, lint, hair and anything that may reduce air flow,
• To avoid spreading fire, do not use
blower near leaf or brush fires, fireplaces, barbecue pits, ashtrays, etc.
• Never place objects inside the blower
tubes; aN_ays direct the blowing debris away from people, animals, glass,
and solid objects such as trees, automobiles, walls, etc. The force of air
can cause rooks, dirt, or sticks to be
thrown or to ricochet which can hurt
people or animals, break glass, or
cause other damage.
• Never use for spreading chemicals,
fertilizers, or any other substances
which may contain toxic materials.
VACUUM SAFETY
• Stop the motor and disconnect the
power source before opening the air
inletdoor or attempting to insert or remove the vacuum tubes, The motor
must be stopped and the impeller
blades no longer turning to avoid serious injury from the rotating blades.
• Hard objects can be thrown through
the coIJectionbag or the housing and
become dangerous missiles which
can cause serious Injury to the operator or others.
• When using the vacuum attachment,
the unit is designed to pick up dry material such as leaves, grass, smell
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twigs, and bits ol paper. Do not vacuum stones, gravel, metal, broken
glass, etc., to avoid severe damage to
the impeller. To avoid the possibilityof
electrical shock, do notattempt to vacuum water or other liquids.
• Never run the unit without the proper
equipment attached. When used asa
vacuum, ak,/ays install vacuumtubes
and collection bag assembly, Make
sure the collection bag assembly is
completely zipped when unit is running to avoid flying debris, Use only
recommended attachments,
• Avoid situations which could set the
collection bag on fire. Do not vacuum
discarded matches, cigars, cigarettes,
or ash from fireplaces, barbecue pits,
brush piles, etc. To avoid spreading
fire, do not use blower near leaf or
brush fires, fireplaces, barbecue pits,
ashtrays, etc.
• Always use the ¢oUestion bag shoulder strap when vacuuming to avoid
loss of control.
• Check air intake openings, elbow
tube, and vacuumtubes frequently, always with the unit stopped and the
power source disconnected. Keep
vents and tubes free of debris which
can accumu[ste and restrict properair
flow. Do not use with any opening
blocked, Keep free of dust, lint, hair
and anything that may reduce airflow.
STANDARDS
This product is listed by Underwriters
Laboratories, Inc., in accordance with
UL Standard 1017.
tf situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use care and
good judgment. Ifyou need assistance, contact your Sears Service
Center or call 1-800-235-5878.
Failure to follow all Safety Rules and Precautions can result in serious injury.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
CARTON CONTENTS
Model 358.799380
Blower
Blower Tu be
Nozzle
2 Vacuum Tubes
Co[lection Bag
Examine parts for damage, Do not use
damaged parts.
NOTE: If you need assistance orflnd
parts missing or damaged, call
1-800-235-5878.
ASSEMBLY
ATTACHING THE BLOWER TUBE
AND NOZZLE
If you have already assembled your
unit for use as a Vacuum, remove the
vacuum tubes and the collection bag,
• Insert the blower tube into the blower
outlet.
• Twist the blower tube clockwise until
it is firmly seated in the blower outlet.
• Twist the nozzle into the end of the
bidwartubeuntil
itis firmly seated.
Make sure the nozzle points upward.
B_ov_r Outlet
,_WARN|NG:
If received assembled, repeat all steps to ensure
your unit is properly assembled and all
fasteners are secure.
ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS FOR
USING YOUR UNIT AS A BLOWER
NOTE: Assembly Instructions for using
your unit as a vacuum follow this sect{on.
BlowarTube
Nozzle
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ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS FOR
USING YOUR UNIT AS A VACUUM
NOTE: Assembly instructionsfor using
your unit as a blower is explained in
the previous section.
angled end will point toward the
ground during vacuum use.
• Locate the arrows on the upper vacuum tube and on the vaouum inlet
area of the unit,
4_kWARNING:
Stop the unit and disconnect from the power source before
opening the inlet cover or attempting to
insert or remove the inlet restriotoror
vacuum tubes, The motor must be
stopped and the impeller blades no
longer turning to avoid serious injury
from the rotating blades.
UpperVacuumTube
NOTE: If you have already assembled
your unit for use as a blower, remove
the blower tube and nozzle.
REMOVE THE INLET RESTRICTOR
An inletrestrictoris used when using
your unit as a blower, This restitctoris
not used dudng vacuum use, and must
be removed dudng essembly for vacuum use,
NOTE: Be sure to keep the inlet restrictor for usingyour unit as a blower.
• Open the inlet cover by insertingthe
tip of a sorewddver intothe inletcover
latcharea, and twistingthe screwdriver
while pullingthe inletcover open.
Bottom view
of unit
• While holding the inlet cover open,
align the arrows and insert the vacuum tube into the opening. Twist the
tube clockwise until it is seated. A
second arrow on the vacuum tube
will align with the arrow on the unit
once the tube twisted completely in
piaea,
Alignarrowsan tube& unit
• Attach the lower vacuum tube to the
upper vacuum tube by aligning the
arrows on the two tubes. Press the
tubes together until the lower tube is
fully seated in the upper tube. (About
3 inches)
Upper Tube
• Turn the inlet restrictorcountercrockwise and remove it from the unit.
Lower Tube
ATTACH THE COLLECTION BAG
Slide the opening of the collection bag
over the blower outlet. Pull the strap
with veloro tightly through the buckle
and secure with velcro tabs.
Do not close the inlet door. You will
next attach the vacuum tubes.
NOTE: Make sure the strap with velcro
is located on the blower outlet as
shown, Also, make sure the zipper on
the bag is completely closed,
Strap withV_cro
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ATTACHING THE VACUUM TUBES
There are 2 vacuum tubes, an upper
and lower tube, The upper tube is cut
straight on both ends, and attaches to
the blower unit. The second tube is cut
an at angle on the lower end. This
Cdl_
Bag
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y
Newer Outlet
ADJUSTING THE SHOULDER STRAP
ON THE COLLECTION BAG
• Carefully loop the shoulder strap
through the buckle as shown in the
illustration below.
• Position the unit on your right.hand
side, blower outlet and bag pointing
toward the rear, Hold the unit in an
upright position, and support the lower vacuum tube on the ground,
• Place the shoulder strap over your
head and onto your left shoulder.
• Adiust the strap to aitow a tree flow
of air from the blower. If the collection
bag is kinked, the unit will not operate properly.
NOTE: The strap is designed to position
the collectionbeg on your shoulder without kinks.The strap is not intendedto
supportthe weight of the unit.
Shoulder strap
on [eft shouldel"
• Remove the vacuum tubes and
collection bag.
• Install the inlet restrictor that was removed when assembling for vacuum
use.
NOTE: If you are unable to locate the
inlet restrictor,the unit will still operate.
This restrtctor improves the blower
function.
• Close the inlet cover and make sure
it is latched closed.
• Re-install the blower tubes. Reter to
the section ATTACHINGTHE BLOWER
TUBEAND NOZZLEfor instructions on
how to attach these items.
EXTENSION CORD
Use only a 120 A.C. voltage supply as
shown on nameplate of the unit to
power your edger.
The extension cord used to reach the
power source must be:
• Specifically marked as suitable for
outdoor use, The cord must be
marked with the suffix '_/-A."
• Heavy enough to carry ourrent from
the power source the full length of
extension cord to the unit. Otherwise,
loss of power and overheating can
occur causing damage to unit. Refer
to chert for minimum wire gauge recommendalions. The cord must be
marked with the proper wire gauge.
(Appropriate extension cords are
available.) Do not use multiple cords.
• In good condition. Cord Insulation
must be intact with no cracks or
deterioration, Plug connectors must
be undamaged.
MINIMUMWIRE GAUGE
RECOMMENDATIONS
/VOL'rSI 25FT.
50FT.
100 FT,
/f
No kinksin ba
_JI
f_ow
HOW TO CONVERT UNIT FROM
VACUUM USE TO BLOWER USE.
• Stop unit and unplug the extension
cord.
/
120
16
I A'W'G'*
16 *
A'W'G"
14
A'W'G'*
• American Wire Gauge
Securethe extensioncordto the unitby
tyingthecord ontothe cordretainer,Insertthecord receptacle
in tothe recessedp_j.
KNOWYOURELECTRIC
BLOWER
READTHIS OPERATOR'S MANUALAND SAFETYRULES BEFOREOPERATING YOUR
UNIT,Compare the illustrationsto your unitto familiarize yourself with the location
of the various controls and adjustments, Save this manual for future reference,
Top Handle
On/Off
Switch
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BlowerTube
X_
Rear Handle
Cord Retainer
UpperVacuumTube
Air Vents
Cdlectian Bag
Inlet
C_er Latch
LowerVacuumTube
The ON/OFFSWITCH is used to activate the motor.
The INLET COVER LATCH is used to
open and close the inlet cover.
The NOZZLE is designed to direct the
flow of air.
OPERATING
INSTRUCTIONS
STOPPING YOUR UNIT
Slide the ON/OFF switch to the OFF
position.
STARTING YOUR UNIT
Your unit has two run positions, LOW
and HIGH. Slide the switch to one of
these positions to turn on the unit.
from corners, around joints, or between bricks.
Direct air flow by directing the nozzle
down otto one side. Always work
away from solid objects such as walks,
large stones, vehicles, and fences.
Clean corners by starting in comers
and moving outward. This will help
prevent an accumulation of debris
which could fly into your face.
'_ WARNING : Do not use the unit
without the blower tubes, or collection
bag properly attached to avoid flying
debris and/or impeller contact which
can cause serious injury. Always wear
eye protection to prevent rocks or debris from being blown or ricocheting
into the eyes and face which can result
in blindness or serious injury,
USING YOUR UNIT AS A BLOWER
Use your unit as a blower for:
• Sweeping debris or grass clippings
from driveways, sidewalks, patios,
etc.
• Blowing grass clippings, straw, or
leaves into piles, or removing debris
Be careful when working near plants,
The force of the air Could damage
tender plants.
E_ower Operating
Position
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USING YOUR UNIT AS A VACUUM
Use your unit as a vacuum to pick up
dry material such as leaves, grass,
small twigs, and bitsof paper.
• For best results during vacuum use,
operate your unit at high speed.
• Move slowly back and forth over the
material as you vacuum, Avoid forcing the unit into a pile of debris as
this can clog the unit.
• Keep the vacuum tube about an inch
above the ground for best results.
NOTE: If the unit becomes clogged,
stop the unitand disconnect the extension cord. Wait until the impeller has
completely stopped turning, then remove the vacuum tubes. Carefully
reach into the vacuum opening and
clear out the clogged debris.
CLEANING
THE COLLECTION
BAG
IMPORTANT: THE COLLECTION BAG
MUST BE PROPERLY EMPTIED.
• You must properly empty and maintain the collection bag to avoid deterioration and obstruction of air flow.
• Remove the collection bag from the
unit and empty after each use. Do
not store bag containing leaves,
grass, etc.
• Wash the bag once a year. Remove
the bag from the blower and turn the
bag inside out. Wash the bag with a
water hose. AllOWthe bag to hang
and dry before you reuse the bag,
VacuumOperating
Position
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES
CARE & MAINTENANCE TASK
WHEN TO PERFORM
Check for Loose fasteners and parts
Check for damaged or worn parts
Clean unit and labels
Before each use
Before each use
After each use
Clean Collection Bag
Yearly
G EN ERAL RECOMME NDATIONS
The warranty on this unit does not cover items that have been subjected to
operator abuse or negligence. To reosive fult value from the warranty, the
operator must maintain unitas instructed in this manual. Various adjustments
will need to be made periodically to
properly maintain your unit.
BEFORE EACH USE
CHECK FOR LOOSE
FASTENERS AND PARTS
• Inlet Cover
• Blower Tube
• Nozzle
• Vacuum Tubes
• Collection Bag
CHECK FOR DAMAGED
OR
WORN PARTS
Refer replacement of damaged/worn
parts to your Sears Service Center.
• ON/OFFSwitch
- Ensure switch functions properly by moving the switch
to the Off position. Make sure motor
stops; then restart motor and continue.
AFTER EACH USE
CLEAN UNIT & LABELS
• Clean the unit using a damp cloth
with a mild detergent.
• Wipe oft unit with a clean dry cloth.
YEARLY
CLEAN COLLECTION BAG
• Remove the bag and empty after
each use. Do not store bag without
emptying the bag of all contents.
• Wash the bag once a year by turning
inside out and washing with a water
hose, Be sure to let bag dry completely before re-using the unit.
HOW
TOREMOVE
ANOBJECT
FROM
THEAIRINTAKE
NOTE:
Iftheunitbecomes
clogged,
or
anobject
isdrawnintotheair intake,
unit. have parts replaced by your
Sears Service Center. Do not attempt
to replace them yourself,
stop the unit and disconnect the extension cord. Wait until the impeller has
completely stopped turning, then remove the vacuum tubes. Caretuily
reach into the vacuum opening and
clear out the air intake area.
Inspect the impeller for cracks. If
cracked or damaged, do not use the
PARTS AVAILABLE
Blower Tube .........
Vacuum Tube Bet ....
Inlet Restnctor .......
Nozzle ..............
Collection Bag .......
Gutter Kit ............
Safety Glasses .......
Extension Cord .......
Prepare unit for storage at the end of
the season or if it will not be used for
30 days or more.
grass, or debris that has cctlected,
Inspect the blower and all tubes.
Close and make sure the cover is
latched.
• Clean air vents and air inlet of debris,
• Store your unit and extension cord in
a well ventilated area and covered, if
possible, to prevent dust and dirt accumulation, Do not cover with plastic.
Plastic cannot breathe and may
cause condensation and eventual
rust or corrosion.
• Check entire unit for loose screws,
nuts, and bolts. Replace any darnaged, worn, or broken parts.
_bWARNING:
• Secure the unit before storing or
transporting.
• Store unit with all guards in place.
Position unit so that any sharp object
cannot accidentally cause injury.
• Store unit well out of the reach of
children.
BLOWER STORAGE
• Disconnect from the power source.
• Clean the entire unit.
• Open inlet cover and clean any dirt,
TROUBLESHOOTING
CHART
SYMPTOM
CAUSE
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REMEDY
Unit fails to . Switch in the OFF position.
operate.
• Extension Cord Disconnected
. Circuit breaker tripped, or fuse
blown
• Mechanical failure
=Slide switch to ON position.
•Reconnect extension cord.
•Reset circuit breaker or fuse.
Unit
. Mechanical failure
vibrates
abnormally.
•Contact your Sears Service
Center
Impeller will •Debris in air intake area.
notturn
. Mechanical failure
freely.
•Clean unit. Remove any
debris.
•Contact your Sears Service
Center
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.Contact your Sears Service
Center.