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Owner’s Manual
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Contents
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS . .............................................................
Polarization instructions ....................................................................................
Description of the vacuum ................................................................................
Before using your Symmetry the first time .........................................................
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Operation
Unwinding the power cord ................................................................................ 7
Turning vacuum on / off ................................................................................... 8
Vacuuming carpet ............................................................................................. 9
Vacuuming hard surfaces .................................................................................. 9
Carpet height adjustment .................................................................................. 9
Vacuuming under furniture ................................................................................ 10
Carrying the vacuum ......................................................................................... 11
Attachment Cleaning
Wand cleaning ..................................................................................................
Cleaning tools ...................................................................................................
Adjusting the suction power ..............................................................................
Optional cleaning tools ......................................................................................
Connecting assembly hose ...............................................................................
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Maintenance and Care
When to change the vacuum bag and clog indicator ........................................
Replacing the vacuum bag . ..............................................................................
When to change the filters ................................................................................
Replacing the filters . .........................................................................................
Removing and reinstalling bottom plate . ...........................................................
Replacing the agitator belt ............................................................................... Replacing the headlight bulb .............................................................................
Edge cleaning ..................................................................................................
Annual checkup reminder .................................................................................
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Problem Solving Guide
Unclogging nozzle and hose .............................................................................
Thermal motor protection . ................................................................................
Trouble shooting . ..............................................................................................
How to contact your Authorized Retailer ...........................................................
Visit Simplicity on-line . ......................................................................................
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Warranty . ................................................................................................................ 28
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Polarization Instructions
When using an electrical appliance, basic precautions should always be followed, including
the following:
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE
USING THIS APPLIANCE
he manufacturer cannot accept responsibility for damage
WARNING: Tcaused
when the appliance is not used according to the
instructions, or for uses other than those for which it
was intended.
To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock or injury:
POWER CORD, 2-WIRE POLARIZED CORD
Household Models: SYM, SYMUSA, SYMCLNT, SYMCL,
SYMS, SYMD, SYMPNT & SYMP
To reduce the risk of electric shock, this product is
equipped with a polarized alternating current line plug
(a plug having one blade wider than the other). This
plug will fit into the power outlet only one way. This is
a safety feature. If you are unable to insert the plug fully
• Do not handle plug or appliance with
wet hands.
into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug should
• Do not put any object into openings. Do
not use with any opening blocked; keep
free of dust, lint, hair and anything that
may reduce air flow.
the obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose
• WARNING: ELECTRIC SHOCK COULD
OCCUR IF USED OUTDOORS OR ON
WET SURFACES.
• Do not allow to be used as a toy. Close
attention is necessary when used by or
near children.
• Keep hair, loose clothing, fingers and all
parts of body away from openings and
moving parts.
• Use only as described in this manual.
Use only manufacturer’s recommended
attachments.
• Do not pick up anything that is burning or
smoking, such as cigarettes, matches or
hot ashes.
provides a path of least resistance for electric current to reduce the risk of electric shock.
• Do not use with damaged cord or plug. If
appliance is not working as it should, has
been dropped, damaged, left outdoors,
or dropped into water, return it to your
Authorized Retailer for service.
• Do not use without vacuum bag and/or
filters in place.
installed and grounded in accordance with all local codes and ordinances.
• Turn off all controls before unplugging.
This vacuum cleaner is for use on a nominal 120-volt circuit and has a ground plug
• Do not leave appliance when plugged in.
Unplug from outlet when not in use and
before servicing.
• Use extra care when cleaning on stairs.
• Do not pull or carry by cord, use cord as
a handle, close a door on the cord, or pull
cord around sharp edges or corners. Do
not run appliance over cord. Keep cord
away from heated surfaces.
• Do not use to pick up flammable or
combustible liquids, such as gasoline, or
use in areas where they may be present.
• Do not attempt to service the unit while
appliance is plugged in.
• Do not unplug by pulling on cord. To
unplug, grasp the plug, not the cord.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
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still fail to fit, contact a qualified electrician to replace
of the polarized plug.
Grounding Instructions
Commercial Models: SYMCNT & SYMC
This vacuum cleaner must be grounded. If it should malfunction or break down, grounding
This vacuum cleaner is equipped with a cord having an equipment-grounding conductor
and grounding plug. The plug must be plugged into an appropriate outlet that is properly
(see illustration). Make sure the vacuum is connected to an outlet having the same
configuration as the plug. No adapter should be used with this vacuum.
WARNING – Improper connection of
the equipment-grounding conductor
can result in the risk of electric shock.
Check with a qualified electrician or
service person if you are in doubt
as to whether the outlet is properly
grounded. Do not modify the plug
provided with the vacuum – if it will
not fit the outlet, have a proper outlet
installed by a qualified electrician.
Grounded
Outlet
Grounding
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Grounded
Outlet Box
Description of the vacuum
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Description of the vacuum
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Ergonomic handle
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Main on / off power switch
(for models SYM, SYMS, SYMD, SYMPNT, SYMP, SYMCNT & SYMC)
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Power Cord
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Carrying handle
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Bag compartment cover (to replace vacuum bag)
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Xenon headlight
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Vacuum nozzle
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Furniture guard
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Carpet / floor selector (for models SYM, SYMUSA, SYMPNT & SYMP)
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Quick release cord hook
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(for models SYM, SYMUSA, SYMCL, SYMS, SYMD, SYMP & SYMC)
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Suction control dial
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Combination dusting / upholstery brush
(for models SYM, SYMUSA, SYMCL, SYMS, SYMD, SYMP & SYMC)
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14Crevice tool
(for models SYM, SYMUSA, SYMCL, SYMS, SYMD, SYMP & SYMC)
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Thermal reset button
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Full bag / clog indicator
(for models SYM, SYMD, SYMPNT, SYMP, SYMCNT & SYMC)
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Main on / off power switch (for models SYM, SYMCLNT & SYMCL)
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Handle release pedal
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Before using your Symmetry for the first time
Operation
Attaching the handle to the vacuum
Unwinding the power cord
The vacuum cleaner and the handle are
• The upper cord hook rotates to allow for
packed separately.
quick access to the power cord.
• After first removing the handle screw,
position the handle behind the vacuum
cleaner and level with the top of the unit.
Hold the power cord down and away
from the vacuum while the handle is being
attached. Make sure that the switch on
the handle is positioned toward the front
of the vacuum cleaner.
• On the bottom of the handle are two
“T-shaped” rails that slide forward onto
two guides located on the top of the
vacuum cleaner. Line up the handle so
that the “T” rails will slide into the guides
and push the handle forward.
• Insert the handle screw and tighten
securely.
• Turn the upper cord storage hook to
the upright position and wind the power
cord around the cord storage hooks
when storing the vacuum cleaner.
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Operation
Operation
On / Off switch
Models: SYM, SYMS, SYMD, SYMPNT,
SYMP, SYMCNT & SYMC
Vacuuming carpet
Models: SYM, SYMUSA, SYMPNT
& SYMP only
• To start the vacuum cleaner, flip the
• For carpet cleaning, slide the
“on / off” switch located on the handle
Off
to the “on” position.
On
carpet / floor selector toward the back
of the nozzle so that it reads “carpet”.
• To stop the vacuum cleaner, flip the “on / off”
Vacuuming hard surfaces
and using tools
Models: SYM, SYMUSA, SYMPNT
& SYMP only
switch to the “off” position.
• Turn the vacuum cleaner off before
Floor & Tools
unplugging from electrical outlet.
• To prevent brushroll from spinning when
cleaning bare floors or using tools, slide the
carpet / floor selector toward the front of
the nozzle so that it reads “floor & tools”.
On / Off switch
Models: SYMUSA, SYMCLNT & SYMCL
• To start the vacuum cleaner, flip the
Carpet height adjustment
“on / off” switch located on the side of bag
compartment to the “on” position as
Your Simplicity upright vacuum cleaner is
indicated on the switch.
designed with an automatic self-adjusting rug
nozzle. No manual adjustments are required.
• To stop the vacuum cleaner, flip the
The height of the rug nozzle is instantly and
“on / off” switch to the “off” position
automatically adjusted to carpet pile height.
as indicated on the switch.
This self adjusting feature allows the rug
nozzle to float evenly over all carpet pile
• Turn the vacuum cleaner off before
surfaces.
unplugging from electrical outlet.
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Carpet
Operation
Operation
Vacuuming under furniture
Carrying the vacuum
Your Simplicity Symmetry will lay flat on the
To safely transport your vacuum, especially
floor for effective cleaning under beds
when carrying the vacuum up and down
and tables.
stairs, use the carry handle.
• Press the foot pedal release once for
normal vacuum cleaning.
• Press the foot pedal release a second
time to enable the vacuum to lay flat
on the floor.
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Attachment Cleaning
Attachment Cleaning
Wand cleaning
Models: SYM, SYMUSA, SYMCL, SYMS,
SYMD, SYMP & SYMC
ReadyReach™ Cleaning tools
Models: SYM, SYMUSA, SYMCL, SYMS,
SYMD, SYMP & SYMC
With the on-board cleaning tools and vacuum
Your vacuum is equipped with a dusting brush,
wand, your Simplicity Symmetry becomes a
upholstery brush and crevice tool. Other tools
comprehensive cleaning system. The models
are available at your Authorized Simplicity
equipped with on-board tools include an
Retailer.
upholstery tool, dusting brush, crevice tool,
• Remove the cleaning wand from the
extension wand and stretch hose.
vacuum and turn the carpet / floor
selector to the “floor & tools” position
• Remove the telescopic wand from the
Wand with Dusting Tool
(SYMP model only, see page 9).
body of the vacuum. Unlock the wand
• Insert any of the tools onto the end
collar (located on end of wand), extend
of the wand.
the wand and re-lock the wand collar.
Dusting brush:
NOTE: The wand collar locking rotation is
Ideal for table tops, shelves, blinds or
marked with arrows on the wand. The wand
hard surface floors.
collar lock and unlock functions require only
1/2 turn of the collar.
Upholstery tool:
Ideal for soft surfaces like chairs and
couches. Remove the dusting brush clip
NOTE: You can connect any of the cleaning
tools to the end of the extension wand(s) and
twist for a secure fit. To remove the cleaning
for upholstery cleaning.
Dusting/Upholstery Tool
Crevice tool:
tool from the extension wand(s), simply twist
Ideal for tight places like between seat
and pull apart.
cushions or corners.
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Crevice Tool
Attachment Cleaning
Attachment Cleaning
Adjusting the suction power for
tool cleaning
Optional cleaning tools
All Simplicity Symmetry vacuum cleaners offer
On the back of the vacuum, locate the
an attachment port that enables you to insert
suction control dial and turn it to the desired
optional cleaning tools (available through your
position. This reduces the suction power
Simplicity Retailer). Should you have carpeted
coming through the hose. Close the suction
stairs, for example, it is highly recommended
control dial when finished to restore full
to use one of the two kits pictured, since each
suction power.
offers either a 12- or 15-foot hose for safe
stair cleaning. These kits are effective overall
cleaning tools to address some of the hard to
reach areas of your home or car. Talk to your
Simplicity Retailer to see which tools might be
beneficial for your home.
Deluxe Attachment Set (SDAK1)
1. 12-foot hose
2. Curved wand
3. Extension wand (2 pieces)
4. Dusting brush
5. Crevice tool
6. Upholstery tool
7. Upholstery brush insert
8. Deluxe floor brush
Deluxe Attachment Set (SDAK15)
1. 15-foot hose
2. Curved wand
3. Deluxe floor brush
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Attachment Cleaning
Attachment Cleaning
Connecting the attachment hose
to the vacuum cleaner
When to change the vacuum bag
and full bag indicator light
Pull out and open the suction control dial by
Models: SYM, SYMD, SYMPNT, SYMP,
SYMCNT & SYMC
turning the lid located on the back of the vacuum
cleaner. Insert the soft, rubber end of the hose
into the cleaning attachment opening. Push in
while twisting the hose end to ensure the hose is
fastened securely.
NOTE: You can connect any of the cleaning tools
to the end of the extension wand(s) and twist for
a secure fit. To remove the cleaning tool from the
extension wand(s), simply twist and pull apart.
The full bag indicator light is designed to
show when the bag is full or when there is
a clog in the vacuum.
The system measures airflow and alerts the
user when airflow is significantly reduced
– most commonly from full bags and clogs.
The light could also come on when
vacuuming fine powders such as flour or
drywall dust. These materials can quickly
block the bag pores, significantly reducing
airflow before the bag appears to be full.
WARNING
Models SYMCLNT, SYMCL, SYMS,
SYMD, SYMCNT & SYMC
The vacuum bag should still be changed.
The light could also come on during
There is no way to turn the brushroll off. 
attachment cleaning.
Therefore, when using the cleaning tools it is
important to keep your Simplicity vacuum from
running in the same spot for a period of time, as
carpet or flooring damage could result.  If you
Note: The vacuum bags are disposable
and intended to only be used once.
need to keep the vacuum in the same spot for a
Do not attempt to reuse as suction
period of time, such as at the base of the stairs
and filtration performance would be
when cleaning the stairs, place something, like
greatly reduced.
a flattened cardboard box, under the vacuum to
prevent damage to the floor.
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Maintenance and Care
Maintenance and Care
Replacing the vacuum bag
When to change filters
• Open the bag compartment lid.
At minimum, it’s recommended to replace
the filters once a year or after using twelve
• Remove vacuum bag by pulling bag collar
vacuum bags, whichever comes first.
off the bag holder.
If someone in your household is highly
• Attach the new vacuum bag onto the bag
sensitive to airborne allergens, it is
holder.
recommended to change the filter set
after every six vacuum bags.
• Tuck the bag corners into the vacuum
Replacing the HEPA post filter
Models: SYMPNT & SYMP
before replacing the bag compartment lid.
• Replace lid and press onto vacuum until
• Open the bag compartment lid and
it snaps into place.
locate the post filter on the inside base
of the cover.
• Remove the used filter and throw away.
• Press new HEPA post filter into place on
the inside base of cover.
• Close the bag compartment lid.
Replacing the electrostatic or
foam post filter
Models: SYM, SYMUSA, SYMCLNT,
SYMCL, SYMS, SYMD, SYMCNT & SYMC
• Open the bag compartment lid and
locate the post filter on the inside base
of the cover.
• Remove used filter and throw away.
• When inserting the new electrostatic
or foam post filter, align new filter over
the strips and press securely into place.
• Close the bag compartment lid.
NOTE: Post filters cannot be washed.
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Maintenance and Care
Maintenance and Care
Replacing the secondary filter
Removing and reinstalling bottom plate
The secondary filter protects the motor
CAUTION: Disconnect the vacuum cleaner
from dust and dirt. Before installing a new
from the electrical outlet before removing the
vacuum bag, check the filter. Accumulated
bottom plate.
dirt in the bag compartment will be
• Depress handle release pedal twice and
collected on this filter and may restrict
motor performance when the filter
place the vacuum cleaner in the low
becomes dirty.
position.
• Turn vacuum cleaner over, exposing the
• Open the bag compartment lid and locate
underside.
the secondary filter on the bottom of the
bag compartment.
• Slide locking latch to the right.
• Remove secondary filter from the bottom
• Press tabs inward on each side and pull
of the bag compartment.
bottom plate off.
• The foam secondary filter can be washed
and reused. If washed, make sure the
• Reinstall by placing lower edge of bottom
filter is completely dry before reinstalling.
plate along lower edge of nozzle. Snap
The charcoal secondary filter cannot
plate into place. Slide locking latch to the
be reused (models SYMPNT & SYMP).
left to secure.
Remove and throw away the used
charcoal secondary filter.
NOTE: To ensure maximum cleaning
efficiency, the condition of the belt should
• Insert the new filter by sliding it under
be checked regularly. If belt is stretched,
the bag support.
cracked or if excessive slipping is
• Close the bag compartment lid.
occurring, replace the belt.
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Maintenance and Care
Maintenance and Care
Replacing the agitator belt
Models: SYM, SYMUSA, SYMCLNT,
SYMCL, SYMS, SYMD, SYMCNT
& SYMC
NOTE: To ensure maximum cleaning efficiency,
the condition of the belt should be checked
Replacing the agitator belt
Models: SYMPNT & SYMP
NOTE: To ensure maximum cleaning efficiency,
the condition of the belt should be checked
regularly. If belt is stretched, cracked or if
excessive slipping is occurring, replace the belt.
regularly. If belt is stretched, cracked or if
excessive slipping is occurring, replace the belt.
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isconnect the vacum cleaner from the
electrical outlet.
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isconnect the vacum cleaner from the
electrical outlet.
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urn the unit over and remove the bottom
plate (See "How to Install Bottom Plate").
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urn the unit over and remove the bottom
plate (See "How to Install Bottom Plate").
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ove carpet / floor selector to the “floor &
tools” position.
• Remove agitator and worn or broken belt.
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otate belt so that the linkage rod can be
removed. Slide linkage rod out and move the
carpet / floor selector to “carpet” position and
let rod rest behind brush roll compartment.
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oop the new belt around the motor drive
shaft and the agitator pulley.
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einstall the agitator into the housing while
making sure that the positioning fork faces
down and straddles the support guide.
• Remove agitator and worn or broken belt.
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otate agitator pulley, making sure that the
belt is not twisted.
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einstall the agitator into the housing while
making sure that the positioning fork faces
down and straddles the support guide.
Linkage Rod
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oop the new belt around the motor drive
shaft and the agitator pulley.
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einsert the vented support fitting. Reinstall
bottom plate (See "How to Install Bottom
Plate").
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einstall linkage rod by moving carpet / floor
selector to the “floor” position.
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otate belt away from linkage rod, then install
linkage rod into agitator.
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otate agitator pulley, making sure that the
belt is not twisted.
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einsert the vented support fitting. Reinstall
bottom plate (See "How to Install Bottom
Plate").
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Maintenance and Care
Problem Solving Guide
Replacing the headlight bulb
Unclogging nozzle and hose
CAUTION: Disconnect the vacuum
CAUTION: Disconnect the vacuum cleaner
cleaner from the electrical outlet before
from the electrical outlet before cleaning
replacing bulb.
nozzle housing.
• Remove bottom plate (See “Removing
The nozzle hose, located on the back of the
vacuum, carries the dirt from the nozzle to
and reinstalling bottom plate”).
the vacuum bag. The hose also functions
• Remove the headlight bracket by pulling
upward on bracket. To remove the light
as the attachment cleaning hose. First
bulb, pull it straight out of the socket. To
check to see that a bag is installed or that
install new bulb, simply push it straight
the bag has not broken open.
into the socket for a secure fit. Reinsert
bracket back into nozzle.
If the hose should become clogged
• Reinstall bottom plate (See “Removing
and reinstalling bottom plate”).
• Pull out and turn the lid of the cleaning
attachment opening. Remove the clog or
Edge cleaning
blockage.
The edge cleaning feature provides for
• Remove the hose cuff from the nozzle
improved cleaning of carpets near walls
inlet and check for clog.
and stationary furniture. For maximum edge
cleaning, place the right side of the nozzle
• Turn unit over and remove bottom plate
against the wall or furniture.
(See “Removing and reinstalling bottom
plate”). Check the nozzle inlet tube for
obstructions. Clear tube and reinstall the
Annual checkup reminder
bottom plate.
To keep your vacuum in peak operating
condition, it is recommended you bring
your vacuum to your Authorized Simplicity
Retailer for an annual checkup. Your
Retailer will conduct a comprehensive
Inlet Tube
examination to ensure your vacuum is in top
operating condition.
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Problem Solving Guide
Problem Solving Guide
Thermal motor protection
Your Symmetry is equipped with a
Thermal Reset
1. Unplug machine 3. C orrect problem
2. Locate problem 4. Press reset button
source (clogged Ifproblempersists,
hose or full bag) consultowner’smanual
safeguard to recognize when the vacuum
heats up and shuts itself down to protect
your vacuum cleaner. Note that when this
or contact retailer.
happens, the headlight is still on but the
Trouble Shooting
PROBLEM
POSSIBLE REASON
POSSIBLE SOLUTION
Vacuum won’t turn on
• Power cord not firmly
plugged in
• Blown fuse or tripped
breaker
• Plug unit in firmly
motor shuts off. Common reasons why a
vacuum may overheat include operating a
vacuum with a full bag or when there is a
• Needs service
clog in the vacuum.
1. Unplug machine 3. Correct problem
2. Locate problem 4. Press reset button
source (clogged
hose or full bag)
• Unplug the vacuum.
• Inspect your vacuum for a full bag
• Check house fuse or
breaker. Replace fuse /
reset breaker.
• Take to Authorized Retailer
(1-888-9-SIMPLY)
Vacuum won’t pick up or
low suction
• Vacuum bag full
• Clogged filter
• Hose clogged
• Worn brushroll
• Broken belt
• Install new bag
• Install new filter
• Remove obstacle
• Replace brush strips
• Replace belt
Dust escaping from vacuum
• Dust cover not installed
properly
• Filter not installed
correctly
• Vacuum bag not installed
correctly
• Reinsert the dust cover
and secure latch
• Review filter installation
(page 19)
• Review bag installation
(page 18)
condition or a hose clog and correct
the problem. Locate the Thermal Motor
Reset button on the back of the vacuum.
Press button and resume vacuuming.
If problem continues, contact your
Authorized Simplicity Retailer.
Any other service should be done by an
Authorized Service Representative.
Service 1-888-9-SIMPLY
To locate your nearest retailer, visit our website at
www.simplicityvac.com
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Warranty
Owner’s Warranty Information
keep this for your records…
What is Covered:
This warranty covers any defects in material and workmanship in your new Simplicity
Symmetry vacuum.
Date of purchase How Long Coverage Lasts:
Warranty coverage for Simplicity Symmetry models SYMUSA, SYMCLNT and SYMCL
lasts three years. Warranty coverage for Simplicity Symmetry models SYM, SYMS, SYMD,
SYMPNT and SYMP lasts four years. Warranty coverage for the Simplicity Symmetry
commercial models SYMCNT and SYMC lasts one year. Household models used
commercially are only warranted for 90 days.
Serial number Model number What is Not Covered:
• Damage to the vacuum which occurs from neglect, abuse, alterations, accident,
misuse or improper ­maintenance.
• Normal replacement items: disposable bags, disposable filters, light bulbs and
agitator brushes.
Purchased from:
What Simplicity Vacuums Will Do:
This warranty provides, at no cost to you, all labor and parts to keep this vacuum in
correct ­operating condition during the warranted period.
Store name Address How to Get Service:
Warranty service can only be obtained by presenting the vacuum to an Authorized
Simplicity Retailer. A proof-of-purchase and product serial number will be required before
service is rendered. To locate your nearest Simplicity Retailer, please call
1-888-9-SIMPLY or visit the Simplicity website at www.simplicityvac.com.
City, State, Zip Telephone THIS WARRANTY IS EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF ANY AND ALL OTHER WARRANTIES
WHETHER WRITTEN, ORAL, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, (INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY
OF MERCHANTIBILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE). THIS WARRANTY
DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR ­INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.
How State Law Applies:
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which
vary from state to state.
Register your warranty on-line at www.simplicityvac.com
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