Dyson Bin Release Stuck? (Fixes for V8, V11, and V15)

You’re probably well aware of the problem that sometimes the bin gets stuck, and no matter what you do, you can’t unstick it! This is especially common among Dyson V7, V8, and V11 users.

According to many online vacuum-related forums, this is one of the most common problems experienced by 95% of Dyson vacuum users—the bin release latch gets stuck and won’t open.

Well, In this article, I will explain why the empty bin gets stuck sometimes and what you need to do to get your vacuum working again.

Why does my Dyson bin release get stuck?

Dyson bin release stuck fix

For various reasons, your Dyson bin release button can become stuck. The most common causes of your vacuum bin becoming stuck are overuse, misuse, and abuse. On the other hand, this can also happen due to a lack of proper lubrication.

If you’ve just finished vacuuming your family room carpet but kept your vacuum without emptying the dirty bin, problems like “bin release stuck” can occur.

Chances are that some of those carpet fibers will make their way onto your lid.

Over time, these crumbs can get compacted between parts of your vacuum and gum up its inner workings, causing the bin release button to become stuck and preventing you from opening the canister to empty your Dyson.

How to Fix the Dyson Bin Release Stuck issue?

Dyson bin release button stuck, can not open

First, make sure that the release button is not obstructed in any way. If something is blocking the button, simply remove it. If the release button is clear but still stuck, try pressing and holding the button for a few seconds. Sometimes, the release mechanism needs a little help getting started.

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Depending on the model of your vacuum, the process may be different. I have divided them according to the different models. Here’s the step:

1. Dyson V10 bin release stuck (How To fix it?)

Fixing this issue on the V10 is simpler than on other models. You just need to press the button forcefully, and the release mechanism should become unstuck.

Here’s what you have to do:

  • If you look carefully, you will see that the red lever button locks onto an outpouching area on the main device (see picture below).See the gray button
  • Apply some pressure simultaneously on the grey column below the red clip, and the red clip will click forward.Press the lever button

I hope this simple hack will help you to fix the issue. Let me know in the comment box.

2. Dyson V11 bin release stuck (How to Fix it?)

The release button on the Dyson V11 bin might also get stuck. If that happens, you won’t be able to open your bin to clean or empty the vacuum.

Here’s how you can unstuck the bin:

  • Dyson V10 and V11 look the same. So you can try the method I discussed for V10. If it has not worked, then move to the next step.
  • Try gently pressing and releasing the bin release button a few times. Sometimes the mechanism can get stuck in the “pressed” position and just needs a little help to get back to the “released” place.

On the other hand, a red lever must be pressed in by the lid when closing the top first. This results in a nightmare because you miss the opportunity to push the red tab.

To fix this, slightly release the canister by pressing the 1/2″ lever at the bottom and sliding it as much as possible before prying the lid. Look at the bellow image:

Dyson bin can't open fix

It’s scary and seems like you’re going to break it, but there’s just a lot of suction in the center. Once the lid is open, you should be able to close it correctly by pulling up normally on the main red lever at the top (top first, then lid).

If the red lever of your Dyson has broken due to heavy pressure, you can replace it with a new one. By the way, feel free to comment here if you have any further questions.


Q: What are some common causes of a Dyson bin release getting stuck?

Some common causes of a Dyson bin release getting stuck include overuse, misuse, and abuse of the vacuum, a lack of proper lubrication, and debris or dirt getting stuck between the parts of the vacuum.

Q: How can I prevent my Dyson bin release button from getting stuck in the future?

To prevent your Dyson bin release button from getting stuck in the future, make sure to regularly empty the bin and clean the vacuum, including the bin release mechanism.

Proper maintenance and lubrication can also help keep the release button functioning smoothly.

2 thoughts on “Dyson Bin Release Stuck? (Fixes for V8, V11, and V15)”

  1. Thanks for your article it’s really helpful. I have been able to follow it to empty however when I put everything back together it just gets stuck again – Any tips on preventing this? I have a V8

  2. I just purchased a V10 Absolute and used it once for 20 mins. The first time I emptied was fine however the second time the bin would not go beyond half way and the lid did not open. This really is a record for a device failing. Before you ask, it was brand new out of the box and I have notified the retailer who is very reputable and will no doubt refund me. I will never touch another Dyson, this is simply bad design.


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