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Dirt Devil Jag3 Vacuum Repair

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  1. A8t0n

    A8t0n

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    Hi All!

    I am hoping for some help with repairing my Dirt Devil Jag3 canister vacuum. I was getting poor blower performance and was able to troubleshoot it down to a faulty speed or power control. The speed or power is controlled by a slider potentiometer which influences how much voltage is sent to the motor/blower. However, I don't know much about slide potentiometers. I would like to replace the defective pot with a proper resistor that will let the vacuum operate at almost full power as that is where we left the slider setting most of the time anyway. I am assuming (correct me if I'm wrong) that when the slide pot was at the "max power" or lowest resistance setting, there was still some residual resistance, and that is what I would like to duplicate with a standard resistor. I don't want to just short out the pot and take the chance of letting the smoke out :)

    Markings on the slide pot: NGWH501-470k-A
    Voltage measured when vacuum is turned on at the wires going to the pot (pot removed): 102 VAC

    Any help on understanding what resistor and power rating would be appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Andrew.
     
  2. Martaine2005

    Martaine2005

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    Hi A8ton,
    I would like to say that you can simply wire the motor direct. And avoid the pot. However, isn't Swiss Voltage 240v?

    Martin
     
  3. A8t0n

    A8t0n

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    Oct 13, 2015
    Thank you for your reply. If everyone is pretty sure I would be safe to simply short out the previous pot leads without a resistor, then I will. Swiss Voltage? In Canada the wall voltage is 110-120 60hz. However in the vacuum, the brain board is only sending 102 VAC to the pot.
     
  4. Martaine2005

    Martaine2005

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    Lol, Sorry, My mind was clearly elsewhere! Canada looks nothing like Switzerland..
    I think the main board has some rectification going on. I do believe that you can still connect the motor directly across the points where the pot was. That will give you full power..

    Martin
     
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