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Air3 Compact
Let’s get started
U86-ACe Series
vax.co.uk
Let’s talk safety
Let’s talk safety
Basic safety precautions
This vacuum cleaner is intended for
household use only and NOT for
commercial or industrial use.
• Only use the vacuum cleaner
indoors on dry surfaces and keep
the area you’re cleaning well lit.
• Keep fingers, hair and loose clothing
from moving parts and openings
whilst using the vacuum cleaner.
• This vacuum cleaner is NOT to be
used by children under eight years
or persons with reduced physical,
sensory or mental capabilities,
unless they have been given
instructions on how to use the
machine or are supervised
during use.
• Any cleaning or maintenance of your
vacuum cleaner should not be made
by children without supervision
and ensure they don’t play with the
vacuum cleaner.
• Only Vax recommend tools should
be used with this vacuum cleaner.
Please keep instructions for further
use.
Do's
3Turn off all controls on the vacuum
cleaner before disconnecting or
connecting the power cord.
3Always keep the power cord away
from the brushes whilst using your
vacuum cleaner. After use always
wrap the power cord around the
cord clips provided.
3Always make sure both the
pre-motor/post motor filters
are in place before use.
3Always switch off the vacuum
cleaner before disconnecting
or connecting the hose
and accessories.
3Keep all openings clear and free
from debris as this may affect the
airflow/suction.
3Always replace the fuse in the plug
with a 13amp fuse.
3Always protect the power cable from
heated surfaces and
open flames.
3Always ensure the brushbar is
turned off when using your vacuum
on the stairs and take extra care
when positioning the vacuum
cleaner on your stairs.
Do’s - continued
3Store your vacuum cleaner in a cool,
dry area. If filters have been cleaned
as per user guide instructions
ensure they are thoroughly dry
before storing away.
3Use only CE approved 13amp
extension cords, non-approved
extension cords may overheat.
Care should be taken to arrange
the extension cord as it can be a
trip hazard.
Don’ts
8 Don’t use this vacuum cleaner if it
has been dropped, damaged or
left outdoors.
8 Don’t run over the power cord or
use vacuum cleaner if the power
cord or plug is damaged. Please
contact our Customer Care Line on:
0844 4128 455 (Mon - Fri
8:30am to 6:30pm, Sat 9:00am
to 5:00pm.
8 Don’t handle the plug or use the
vacuum cleaner with wet hands.
8 Don’t pull or carry this vacuum
cleaner by the power cord. Don’t
use the Power cord as a handle,
pull the power cord around corners,
sharp edges or close a door over
the Power cord. Don’t unplug
vacuum cleaner by pulling on the
power cord.
8 Don’t vacuum up any flammable
or combustible materials (lighter
fluid, petrol, kerosene etc.) or use
the vacuum cleaner in an area with
explosive vapours or liquid.
8 Don’t vacuum up hot coals, cigarette
butts, matches or smoking hot
burning items or use in an area
where there may be harmful fluids
(chlorine, bleach, and ammonia
drain cleaner).
8 Don’t attempt to remove blockages
with sharp objects as this may cause
damage to your vacuum cleaner.
8 Don’t vacuum up hard or sharp
objects such as glass, nails,
screws or coins etc.
8 Don’t use the vacuum cleaner with
incorrect voltage as this may result
in damage or injury to the user.
The correct voltage is listed on the
ratings label.
Thank you for buying this Air3 Compact.
Taking care of your carpets and hard floors
The Air3 Compact is designed to make vacuuming carpets and hard floors regularly, as effective
and efficient as possible and this user guide will help you get the most out of your machine.
Maintaining your carpets and hard floors will ensure they keep their appearance for longer.
You’ve chosen the carpets and hard floors for your home for a reason and Vax will help you take
good care of them.
Taking care of your Air3 Compact
Also inside this guide are instructions on maintaining your new vacuum cleaner, so that it’s
always ready when you are to tackle your carpets and hard floors.
Contents
Let’s talk safety
Getting to know your machine
Using your machine
What to do if it goes wrong
vax.co.uk/support or call:
(UK) 0844 412 8455 (ROI) 1-800 928 308
Getting in touch
Accessories
Monday-Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm, Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Calls are charged at the UK local rate. Before you call we’ll need you to have the following information
to hand:
Initial Setup for normal operation
Your Machine
Your Proof of Purchase or
Warranty registration code
Alternatively, you can write to us at:
Vax Ltd., Kingswood Road, Hampton Lovett, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 0QH, UK
Let us know what you think @VaxUK
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Getting started
Let’s talk technical
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Included with
your machine
and dusting brush
Taking care of your machine
Taking care of you
Air 3 Compact
1. Use the base accessories.
–Shortest hose
–Extension tube set to shortest practicable length.
2.Clean filters installed.
3.Dust receptacle empty.
4.All Bleeds must be closed.
5.Variable Power set to Maximum.
6.Floor heads/tools set to Carpet Mode for carpet cleaning.
7. Mechanical Agitation set turned ON for carpet cleaning.
8.Floor heads/tools set to Hard Floor Mode for hard floor cleaning.
9. Mechanical Agitation set turned OFF for hard floor cleaning.
Pre-motor filter
Post-motor filter
Getting to know your machine
Handle
Getting started
PLEASE READ ‘LET’S TALK SAFETY’ AT THE BEGINNING BEFORE USE
Assembling your upright
Dirt container
release button
Wand release button
Brushbar on/off button
Carry handle
Quick release
cord wrap
Power on/off button
Remove all packaging.
Insert the handle.
Attach the hose end to the floorhead
ensuring it clicks into place.
(All accessories can be used by
either attaching them to the handle
or the hose).
Place your tools onto
the product.
Inner cyclones
How to use
Dirt container
To activate brushes, press the
brushbar on/off button at the
top of the machine.
Brushbar on — carpets.
Brushbar off —
­ ­hard floors.
Post-motor filter cover
Quick release
cord wrap
Stretch hose
Brushbar blockage
indicator
Twist the cord holder to
release the cord.
Rotating brushbar
Plug in your machine
and turn it on.
Wheels
Technical Specification
Name Air3 Compact
Cord length 6m
Code U86-AC-Be
Weight 4.0kg
Voltage 220-240V ~50Hz
Hose 1.3m
Wattage 900W
Pre-motor filter (Type 58)*
1-1-131167-00
HEPA Post-motor filter (Type 102)*
1-1-134236-00
Belt Kit (Type 26)
1-1-134530-00
2-in-1 tool (Type 3)
1-1-132115-00
Subject to technical change without notice.
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Consumables & Accessories
To purchase consumables and accessories, please visit vax.co.uk
*
Place your foot on the
base of the vacuum and
pull backwards to
recline the unit.
Twist the handle to
manoeuvre under and
around furniture.
Don’t over fill the
container to avoid
clogging your filters.
Using your machine
Taking care of your machine
Before you begin cleaning
Emptying and cleaning the dirt container
WARNING: Always switch off and unplug the vacuum cleaner before connecting or disconnecting the hose/attachments,
or removing and emptying the dirt container.
WARNING: Always switch off the brushbar before using any accessories/hose/telescopic extension tube.
IMPORTANT: The vacuum cleaner is equipped with a thermal cut-out. If for any reason the vacuum cleaner does
overheat the thermostat will automatically turn the vacuum cleaner off. If this happens, switch the vacuum cleaner off
and unplug from electrical socket. Remove and empty the dirt container also check the vacuum cleaner for blockages.
Allow the vacuum cleaner to cool for approximately 1 hour (if you have cleaned the filters please wait 24 hours for the
filters to fully dry before putting back into the vacuum machine).
IMPORTANT: For best cleaning results filters require cleaning at least every 3 months.
IMPORTANT: If the vacuum cleaner is blocked, switch off and unplug before removing the blockage.
Hose
Remove hose.
Lift lid to access
inner cyclones.
Lift out the inner cyclones.
Unclip the dirt container lid
to open.
TIP
Attach hose to
extension tube.
Tap
The 2-in-1 tool can be attached to
the tube or directly to the hose.
Switch off the brushbar before
using any accessories/hose/
telescopic extension tube.
Attach accessory to
extension tube.
Hold dirt container over a bin
and press dirt release button to
open, allowing dirt to fall out.
Attach required tool to the hose.
Extension tube
Remove extension tube.
Press dirt container
release button to remove
the dirt container.
IMPORTANT: Hold vacuum
cleaner when using hose
or extension tube for above
floor cleaning.
WARNING
Hold cyclones/separator over
bin and tap to remove dirt
and debris.
Always switch off and unplug
the vacuum cleaner from
the electrical socket before
assembling, opening or emptying
the dirt container, or before
connecting/disconnecting
the attachments.
Taking care of your machine
Let’s talk technical
IMPORTANT: If the air inlet, hose or telescopic tube is blocked, switch off the vacuum cleaner and
remove the blockage(s) before re-starting the vacuum cleaner.
Cleaning the pre-motor filter
Removing debris from the brushbar
Unclip the dirt container lid
to open.
Tap
Lift lid to access filter.
Remove filter.
A RED light will indicate a
jammed brushbar.
40°C
max
Switch off your vacuum cleaner
at the main socket. Using a pair
of scissors, cut any hair or debris
free from around the brushbar.
A GREEN light indicates no
blockages in the brushbar.
24hr
Changing the brush bar
Tap filter clean.
Wash in water 40˚C max and
leave for at least 24 hours or
until dry before replacing into
the machine.
IMPORTANT: Unplug and switch off vacuum cleaner before maintenance or troubleshooting checks
HEPA post-motor filter maintenance
IMPORTANT:
The exhaust filter is designed to offer long
life with no maintenance. The filter should
be checked periodically and when heavily
discoloured it should be replaced. Please do
not wash, scrub or brush the filter as this will
damage the delicate filter media.
Using a crosshead
screwdriver, remove 3
screws from the side of
the floor head.
Remove the post-motor
filter by unclipping it from
the body of the vacuum.
Check the post-motor filter
for discolouration.
Pull to remove the end
cap belt cover
PULL
IMPORTANT: The pre-motor filter requires cleaning at least every three months.
Do not use your vacuum cleaner without all of the filters in place.
IMPORTANT: The motor is equipped with a thermal cut-out. If for any reason the unit should overheat, the thermostat
will automatically turn the unit off. For further help go to the ‘What to do if it goes wrong’ page.
Lift and separate brush
bar side cover.
Pull brush bar through brush
bar side cover to remove.
Pull to remove the
brush bar location plate.
Remove belt.
Let’s talk technical
What to do if it goes wrong
Changing the belt
Problem
IMPORTANT: Unplug and switch off vacuum cleaner before maintenance or troubleshooting checks
Why does my vacuum
cleaner have no power?
Using a crosshead screwdriver,
remove 3 screws from the side of
the floor head.
Pull to remove the end cap
belt cover
Pull to remove the brush bar
location plate. Remove and dispose
of old belt.
Why won’t the vacuum
cleaner turn on?
TIP
My brushbar
isn’t turning?
Clean any debris from spindle.
Place new belt onto spindle, lining
up teeth on belt over and onto cog.
When changing the belt, this is
the perfect time to clear any
debris from your brushbar.
My vacuum cleaner
is making an
excessive noise?
Solution
• The plug may not be fully pushed into the electrical socket.
• Check the fuse in the plug if this needs replacing, always replace
with a 13amp fuse.
• The motor thermostat may have tripped. If this has happened,
unplug the vacuum cleaner. Remove and empty the dirt container
and check the hose for blockages. Clean the filters and allow
the vacuum cleaner to cool for approximately 1 hour (if you have
washed the filters you will need to wait 24 hours for the filters
to fully dry before putting them back into the vacuum cleaner).
• There may be a blockage in the hose. Please remove the hose
from the vacuum cleaner, check and clear any blockages.
• Empty the dirt container and clean filters. Go to the ‘Taking care
of your machine’ pages.
• The brushbar may not be turning. Go to ‘My brushbar isn’t
turning?’ below.
• If the accessory/tool will not pick up, check and clear
any blockages.
• The brushbar may not be switched on, please check the brushbar
on/off switch.
• If the vacuum cleaner is not reclined the brushbar will
automatically switch off.
• If the red light is flashing the brushbar may be jammed. Clear any
blockages for further help go to the ‘Let’s talk technical’ pages.
• To check the belt, go to ‘Changing the belt’ on the ‘Let’s talk
technical’ pages.
• If the vacuum cleaner is making a whistling noise, please remove
the dirt container open the bottom and clean the seals. Replace the
dirt container and retry.
• If there is an air sucking noise from the top of the dirt container,
this would indicate a blockage in the machine. Go to ‘Why does my
vacuum cleaner have no power?’ above.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of personal injury, unplug the vacuum cleaner before performing
maintenance/troubleshooting checks.
Getting in touch
Accessories
Don’t forget your accessories!
Order at: www.vax.co.uk/spares-and-solutions
Pro cleaning kit (Type 2)
1-1-133326-00
All our best tools all in one kit that makes
cleaning your home quicker, easier and
with even better results. We’ve taken
care of cleaning all of the hard to reach
areas such as on top of cupboards and in
between blinds to the dust that collates
behind and within the radiator.
TurboTool (Type 6)
1-1-134419-00
A TurboTool for your vacuum cleaner.
Use the TurboTool for vacuuming your
stairs, upholstery and car interiors. It’s
great for picking up stubborn pet hair.
Stretch hose (Type 2)
1-1-132988-00
A stretch hose for your vacuum cleaner.
This hose makes it easy to clean right
to the top of your staircase, leaving the
machine safely at the bottom.
* Calls are charged at the UK local rate. Please make a note of the serial number and model number of the vacuum cleaner
before calling.
@VaxUK
Vax Ltd. Kingswood Road, Hampton Lovett, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 0QH, UK
email: info@vax.co.uk website: vax.co.uk
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EEC Statement of Compliance: Manufacturer/EEC importer: Vax Limited, hereby on our own responsibility,
declare that the U86-ACe series is manufactured in compliance with the following Directives:
Safety: 2006/95/EC Low Voltage Directive. EMC: 2004/108/EC Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive.
Waste electrical products should not be disposed of with household waste. Please recycle where facilities exist.
Check with your Local Authority or retailer for recycling advice.
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