Dyson Not Working? (A-Z Troubleshooting Guide)

What could be more frustrating than having your favorite vacuum cleaner suddenly stop working? Whether it’s due to faulty parts or clogs, there are many ways you can easily fix the problem on your own without having to call an expensive technician.

Here are some of the most common solutions for fixing a Dyson vacuum if it won’t work.

How to fix Dyson’s Not Working problem?

First, ensure the machine is assembled correctly, and all the parts are in good working order. Next, check the filters and make sure they’re clean. If the filters are dirty, they can restrict airflow and reduce the machine’s performance. Finally, check the brush roll and make sure it’s free of debris. If the brush roll is clogged, it can prevent the brushes from rotating correctly, reducing the vacuum’s performance.

I will now explain these steps in detail so that you can implement them quickly. Keep reading…

1. Check battery and Power Outlet

dyson vacuum wont work

One of the best solutions to fix your Dyson if it is not working is to check whether the machine is plugged in and the outlet is working. To check that, plug your mobile charger into it and check if your mobile is charging or not.

If your phone is charging correctly, then your power outlet is well. If not, then you need to replace your power outlet.

On the other hand, if you use a cordless vacuum, ensure the battery is still OK. If the battery is worn out, you need to replace it.

2. Check and clean the filters

Wash the filter

If the battery is OK, but your Dyson is still not working, then the next step is to check and clean the filter. Most Dysons have a removable filter located under the machine’s front grill. Sometimes this filter can get clogged up with debris such as pet hair or dust mites and prevent your vacuum from working correctly.

So check it and if it is dirty, wash it thoroughly in warm tap water and leave it to dry completely before reinstalling. Make sure all remaining dust particles have been removed. Cleaning the filter will ensure that airflow is uninterrupted, which should solve your problem.

If you have a Dyson V11 vacuum, you can read our complete guide to cleaning your Dyson V11 filter.

3. Check and empty the dustbin

Empty the dustbin

Have you emptied the dustbin? Your vacuum will stop working if its dustbin is filled up with debris or dust. Dyson recommends emptying your Dyson after each time you vacuum your house. So, check if the dustbin is full. If it is, empty it.

I have already published an article describing how you can quickly empty your Dyson. If you don’t know, read it from that link.

Sometimes the red lever (bin release button) can get stuck, and you will not be able to empty the dustbin. If this is the case, read our complete guide to unstuck this bin release button.

4. Clean the Brush Roll

Clean the brush roller

Another pretty way to solve this issue is to check the brush roll to see whether it is spinning correctly or not. When cleaning the floor, It gathers dust, hair, and debris and collects them into the dustbin.

Sometimes, the brush roll can often get stuck by hair or any other obstacles when vacuuming and can prevent your vacuum from working properly.

In this case, try removing any debris and hair that may be wrapped around it. Read this part of this article to clean the roller brush correctly.

5. Remove any blockage from the hose and wand

Remove blockage from hose and wand

When the brush roller does its job, it sends all the dust and debris to the dustbin through the hose. Using the vacuum for a long time without cleaning, some debris or dust may clog the hose and prevent the dust from reaching the dustbin.

In this case, cleaning and removing debris from the hose may fix your problem, and your Dyson may start working again. Check the vacuum cleaner’s hose and wand for any blockages, and ensure the suction path is blockage-free!

If you don’t know how to check and clean your Dyson hose and wand, read it from the above link.

6. Do a visual check of everything and call a repair man

If none of the troubleshooting tips fixes the problem, then first do a visual inspection of everything. You may have overlooked something simple. Start by checking each attachment and ensuring it is snapped into place correctly.

When you’re finished, give it a few solid runs. If it is still not working correctly, it is time to call a professional repairer.

Dyson Brush Not Spinning

Why is my dyson brusht stopped spinning?

If your Dyson brush isn’t spinning correctly, there could be a few reasons. But to fix it first, check to ensure the brush is not clogged with debris or hair. If the brush roller is clogged with hair or debris, then it won’t be able to spin.

To clean the Dyson brush bar, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the vacuum and unplug it from the power source.
  2. Remove the brush bar from the vacuum by pressing the release button and pulling it out.
  3. Use a screwdriver to remove the two screws holding the brush bar.
  4. Pull the brush bar out of the housing and use a pair of scissors to cut any tangled hair or debris away from the bristles.
  5. Replace the brush bar in the housing and the two screws.
  6. Plug in and turn on the vacuum. The brush bar should now work correctly.

I hope by following this method, you will be able to clean your vacuum’s brush roller. Let me know in the comment box if it works!

Dyson not working after cleaning filter (Solved)

Why is my dyson not working after cleaning the filter
Image Source: Vacuumist.com

If you’ve cleaned your Dyson vacuum filter and after that, it is not working, there are a few things you can try.

  • First, check to ensure the filter is properly seated and locked in place. If it’s not, that can cause problems.
  • Next, check your vacuum’s manual to see if there are any special instructions for cleaning the filter.
  • If not, rinse the filter off with water and let it dry completely before putting it back in your vacuum.

If your vacuum isn’t working after cleaning the filter, you may need to take it to a professional for service. In some cases, filters can become clogged with dirt and debris to the point where they need to be replaced. If this is the case, your best bet is to take your vacuum to a qualified repair person to replace the filter.


1. Why is my Dyson not Charging?

There are a few reasons why your Dyson may not be charging.

The first reason could be that the machine is not plugged in correctly. Ensure the power cord is securely plugged into the device and the wall outlet.

The second reason could be a defective charger or cable. Carefully inspect the cable for any visual damage. If it is, replace it.

The third and most possible reason could be a problem with the battery. If that is the case, you have to replace the battery.

Unfortunately, if neither of those solutions works, you may need to take your Dyson to a professional for repairs.

2. Dyson Vacuum Shuts Off After A Few Minutes

If your Dyson vacuum cleaner shuts off after only a few minutes of use, it may be because the airflow is blocked. Even if you have cleaned the filter, there may be other blockages.

The first thing you should do is unplug your Dyson from the power source and keep it unplugged for about 5 minutes. After that, plug in your Dyson again and check to see if the problem is fixed! If not, move on to the next step.

The second thing to check is the filter. If the filter is clogged, it can cause the vacuum to overheat and shut off. But if the problem persists after washing the filter with tap water, you may need to clean the filter more deeply. Please clean up the buildup deep inside the filter and its compartment.

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