Just the other day I was about to vacuum when I discovered that the retractable power cord was seriously stuck in the vacuum allowing me to only get about 2 feet of cord out. Of course the vacuum is constructed in such a way that it is nearly impossible to find what is holding it all together despite having removed all the screws that are visible.
I own the Hoover S1361 Portable Canister Vacuum and from some searching it appeared other people were having the same issues as I was. Apparently this is quite common. Thanks to Joe on the thread over at FixYa, I discovered there was a 5th screw holding everything together. Unfortunately he had destroyed his vacuum tearing it apart. Good thing I did a search, I was about to do the same thing.
I thought I’d post up some photos of the process to help along anyone else who might be going through this same problem.
After getting the cord stuck I tried to open up the housing in attempts to unwind the stuck cord, there are 4 screws when you open up the panel that covers the filter that are easy enough to get at. However, there is a hidden 5th screw just underneath the cord retract button.
The button has to be pried off and you’ll need to be careful not to snap the tabs that hold the button down. The screw is down a long hole, so you’ll need a nice long screwdriver to get at it.
After the fifth screw is removed from the vacuum, the cover itself comes off rather easily. You’ll want to be careful still as there are wires attached to both pieces and a delicate circuit board on the inside. Now all you need to do is just unwind the cord from where it is snagged. Knowing how this all works now I’ll probably be careful with how it retracts the cord.