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Kirby Vacuum Brush Not Spinning? Here’s How to Fix it!

Published by: Katherine Frame

Kirby Vacuum Brush Not Spinning

Kirby is a well-known brand that offers vacuum cleaner models with powerful suction and various other excellent features, making them the best in their class. If your Kirby vacuum brush not spinning, it is probably because your vacuum cleaner’s belt is broken or detached. 

This guide will help you detect the problem and fix it yourself to ensure that your Kirby starts working efficiently and effectively again. 

Let’s get started!

A few Safety Tips 

Before you start servicing the vacuum cleaner to detect the issue and fix it, make sure to keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Your vacuum cleaner should be unplugged, and the vacuum’s power button should also be turned off. 
  • You should wear a pair of gloves while fixing the vacuum cleaner. This will ensure that you prevent any scrapes or cuts. 
  • Make sure that your hands are completely dry before you start working on the vacuum cleaner. 

Detecting the Problem & Fixing the Kirby Vacuum Brush Not Spinning 

First things first, check the light that is present somewhere near the vacuum’s powerhead. The light should be green when the vacuum is turned on. If your vacuum cleaner is on and there’s no green light, it simply means that your vacuum’s brush is not spinning.

If that is the case, it means that the vacuum’s belt is worn out, damaged, or broken, and it needs to be replaced. 

Replacing the Vacuum’s Belt

To start with the belt replacement process, lift the vacuum’s lift and look for sticker arrows that indicate ‘belt off’ and ‘belt on. You’ll find a round part present on the front side. This part is known as the belt lifter. You’ll see a red and green arrow on the side of this lifter.

To remove the belt, you’ll have to align the red arrows. To make the process of turning the lifter easier, open the tab on the front. Once you’re done aligning the arrows, you can close the lifter’s tab. 

Then, turn the release lever up. This will make the powerhead drop and allow you to remove the head. Take a look inside the powerhead, and you’ll find the belt there.

To replace the belt with a new one, find the tab levers present on the vacuum’s head and turn them to unlock everything. Doing so will make the bottom plate fall, and it will give you complete access to the vacuum’s belt and brush roll

Now, you should also turn the belt lifter. This will make the belt drop, allowing you to remove it and throw it away. 

Once you’re done getting rid of the old belt, take a new one and slide it back on the brush roll. Now, simply put the brush roll back in its position carefully and precisely to ensure it is fitted correctly. Don’t forget to orient the brush roll so that the large tab of the brush roll fits with the large side of the head and so on. You’ll know it is fixed properly when it pops right into its place. 

Once done, it is time to hook the belt back in its place. This time, you need to align the green arrows. Take hold of the belt and tightly hold it in its position on the brush roll. This will ensure that it sticks up appropriately inside the vacuum’s head. Then, turn the belt lifter once again. You’ll see that the hook has successfully grabbed the belt. Once done, keep twisting the belt lifter till the red arrows get lined up. 

Now, you need to install the bottom plate that fell off initially. Take the plate and put it back on precisely using the hooks that are present on it. Once it is back in its place, turn the tabs down to lock the plate. 

The last step involves reassembling the vacuum cleaner. Raise the vacuum’s height to its maximum length to make it easier. Hook the head and pivot the vacuum cleaner. Then, turn back the release lever to lock everything in place. Now, turn the belt lifter to ensure the green arrows are in line and finally close the vacuum’s lid. And you’re done replacing the vacuum cleaner’s belt!

Check for any Clogs

If you’ve replaced the belt and the vacuum is still not working properly, you should check for clogs. 

To check, you’ll have to remove the vacuum head once again and check if there is any debris or clogs inside. Don’t forget to check the head’s bottom as well. You should also check the hole in the vacuum. Nothing should be creating a blockage in the hole. 

You should also quickly check the vacuum bag to see if something is clogging it. Once done, check the vacuum’s exhaust port as well. 

If anything is clogged, just clean it, and you’ll be good to go. 

You can also watch this video to fix your Kirby vacuum brush not spinning…


Kirby vacuums are highly efficient, and if your Kirby brush roll is not working, you should thoroughly go through the steps given above to fix the problem and replace the vacuum belt. We hope this guide helps you go through the process properly and easily. 


Is it possible for my vacuum brush to wear out?

The brush roll of your vacuum cleaner does a lot of work, and it is normal for brush rolls to wear out with time. It would be best if you were replacing the brush roll at regular intervals to ensure the vacuum cleaner works effectively.

How often should I replace my vacuum cleaner’s belt?

It would help if you replaced your vacuum cleaner’s belt at least once every year. If you don’t replace the vacuum’s belt on time, it may stretch the belt, which will further affect the working of the vacuum cleaner. If you turn on the vacuum cleaner and notice a burning smell, it means that you need to change the belt.

How often should I clean my vacuum cleaner?

You should clean the vacuum cleaner’s parts individually as and when required. As for deep cleaning the vacuum cleaner, you should do it once a year.

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Katherine Frame

Katherine Frame is a professional writer and reviewer who worked in higher education for eight years before working on The Hardware Hub. She has written for multiple home magazines and blogs.

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