Oreck XL type vacuum cleaner power switch replacement

Replacing a faulty power switch in an Oreck XL

In this video, Josh walks us through how to repair a Power Switch on this commercial Oreck. As well as discussing some other common repairs within the handle.

This is the switch used in this video


And the two speed switch is here:

2 Speed Switch for Oreck XL

The two speed switch back orders frequently. Back orders generally arrive in 2-4 weeks

Hello, I’m Josh from Vacuums R Us, located in Colorado. Today, we are embarking on a repair journey with a classic Oreck Excel-style vacuum. The customer’s work order specifies a switch replacement and tightening the chrome handle.

The switch, which is our primary focus today, is located in an upper position that isn’t immediately visible. When referring to the chrome handle, it’s typically the square metal handle part situated at the top. Initial observations suggest that there might be a loose screw contributing to the issue. Therefore, our course of action includes the removal of the entire chrome handle during the switch replacement.

Before we dive into the repair process, a helpful tip is to secure the cord neatly with a twist tie to prevent it from becoming a nuisance during the procedure.

Now, let’s proceed to remove the handle. This task involves two screws: a short screw with a locking washer, and another screw, which is shorter. These secure the handle, which can be removed easily. It’s noteworthy that in this specific model, a short cord connects from the handle to the base and is screwed in. We remove this cord as it simplifies the repair process.

The reason we opt to remove the handle completely during switch replacements is that it allows for easy work on the clamshell-shaped component when it’s laid flat on the workbench. This approach enhances both disassembly and reassembly, saving time and frustration.

Typically, we take a few minutes to dismantle the handle and then put it back together, which is a worthwhile step that significantly aids in the repair process.

Now, as we move on, we’ll focus on the switch replacement. The switch itself appears to be straightforward; however, it’s important to note that different Oreck models might have varying designs for accessing the switch. In some instances, there might be wires soldered onto the switch, and in others, clips are used on both sides. To facilitate the switch replacement, we might have to desolder wires. Alternatively, small clips can be used on both sides, preventing the need for desoldering.

Today, we’ve chosen to desolder the wires, and this is a technique that might differ depending on the specific model. While we complete the desoldering, it’s worth mentioning that some Oreck models offer a high and low-speed switch, which can be beneficial for various cleaning tasks. Switching from single on-off switches to high-low switches is an option that can be considered without requiring modifications to the vacuum’s motor.

Once the wires are soldered onto the new switch, we plug it in, securing the connections to ensure that everything is in order. It’s worth noting that commercial vacuums, including Oreck models, often have clips that secure the switch in place. These clips are prone to falling off over time, especially when there’s wear and tear due to the vacuum falling backward. To avoid repeated issues, a common solution is to solder these clips onto the switch, ensuring a secure and reliable connection.

With the new switch in place, we’ll complete the reassembly process, securing all the components back together. It’s recommended to perform a test of the vacuum before finalizing the handle reattachment. This helps identify any issues early in the process, avoiding the need for extensive disassembly in case any adjustments are required.

In this case, the motor is operational, making this classic vacuum ready for service. It’s essential to remember that Oreck vacuums, particularly older models, may require various repairs and adjustments due to wear and tear.

As we conclude this repair, we’ll wrap up the documentation, noting that we’ve replaced the switch, tightened the handle, and ensured that the vacuum is currently functional. The customer can now enjoy their revived machine until the motor eventually requires attention.