My Shark Vacuum Won’t Turn On!

My Shark Vacuum Won’t Turn On!

Shark vacuums are truly awesome pieces of equipment, but just like pretty much anything out there, they can break or something can go wrong. Of course, dealing with a vacuum that won’t turn on when you have several thousand square feet to vacuum is not ideal.

It’s not something that any of us want to deal with. However, things can and do go wrong, but there are often simple answers to the problem, and quite often there are fairly simple solutions too. So, what do I do when my Shark vacuum won’t turn on?

Top3 Shark Vacuum Cleaner Models

Shark Rotator Professional Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away Hand Vacuum and Anti-Allergy Seal (NV501), White with Red Chrome
  • Dust cup capacity 1.3 quarts. Powerful upright vacuum with lift away pod for convenient cleaning of stairs and above floor areas
  • Anti-allergen complete seal technology, HEPA
  • Rotator technology enhanced swivel steering and better deep carpet cleaning
  • Lightweight & ultra quiet operation. Hose length (feet): 8.4
  • Premium pet tools and ergo cleaning accessories

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360 Upright Vacuum, Blue
  • Lift away press a button to lift the canister away and easily clean hard to reach areas
  • Anti-allergen complete seal technology, a HEPA filter traps 999 percent of dust and allergens inside the vacuum. The full unit weighs only 12.5 pounds, the canister alone is 7.5 pounds
  • Swivel steering excellent control for maneuvering around furniture dust cup capacity: 12 dry quarts
  • Large capacity, easy to empty dust cup extended cleaning without interruption
  • What's included: (1) Upholstery tool, (1) 5.5 inch crevice tool

Shark Navigator Upright Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away Handheld HEPA Filter, and Anti-Allergy Seal (NV352), Lavender
  • Lift-away: Press a button to lift the canister away and easily clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • Anti-allergen complete seal technology and a HEPA filter trap dust and allergens inside the vacuum.
  • Powerful and lightweight upright vacuum. Portable and versatile at only 12.5 pounds
  • Brushroll shutoff allows for both deep carpet and gentle bare floor cleaning
  • Swivel steering for excellent control to maneuver around furniture

My Shark Vacuum Won’t Turn On? Some solutions here especially for you!

Plugging In

This is probably the simplest problem out there with the easiest solution. Sometimes you just didn’t plug the vacuum into the outlet correctly. Go to the outlet and make sure that you have plugged the power cord into the socket correctly and firmly.

The Cord


Sometimes when your Shark Vacuum won’t turn on, it might have to do with the power cord itself. Cords are a little delicate and they can strip or outright rip. Make sure that there are no tears or rips in the power cord as this may cause a total loss of power, plus it can be pretty dangerous too.

If the power cord is broken or the plug head is not functional, you will have to see a specialist to do the repairs. Unless you are an electrician and have expertise with this kind of thing, do not attempt to fix the cord yourself.

Breakers, Fuses & Sockets

The problem might not be with the cord or your ability to stick a plug into the wall. Your Shark vacuum might not be turning on because a fuse is blown or a circuit breaker is tripped. If your Shark vacuum won’t turn on, go see if a fuse needs replacing or if you need to reset a breaker. On a side note, electrical outlets can deteriorate or break.

If you can’t find any other problem, the socket you are plugging into may not have power flowing through it. If this is the case, it’s a problem for an electrician with the right equipment.


Some Shark vacuums have an “on” switch that needs to be in the appropriate position. Make sure that the switch is indeed in the “on” position.

The Filter

Sometimes, your vacuum not turning on could have something to do with the filter. Now, usually, if you have an old and dirty filter, it will just cause a loss of suction, but there are cases when it can cause the whole vacuum to shut down or never turn on to begin with. The solution here is to either clean or replace your current filter.

Smartide vacuum filter for Shark Navigator Lift-Away Nv350 Nv351 Nv352 Nv355 Nv356 Nv357, 2 Pre-Felt + 1 Hepa Filter for Shark Part #Xff350 & Xhf350
  • fit Shark Navigator Lift Away models NV350, NV351, NV352, NV355, NV356, NV356E, NV357
  • Made of high-strength and environmental protection material
  • 100% Compatible with Original machine, Absolutely Essential for Allergy Sufferers
  • Item includes :2 Washable Foam and Felt Pre-Filter Replacement Kits & 1 Hepa Filter
  • Please attention : NV350, NV580, ZU560 are very similar with each other. They are nearly same,The forth pic on the left shows the detail difference. This page item is fit for NV350 series machine; For NV580 series, it is ; For ZU560 series, it is .This item is also not fit for Sharp Lift away deluxe (shark DXL)machine. You can also contact us for help, we are very glad to help you to check your machine/filter model.

The Motor

Vacuums have motors and motors can break. Simply put, motors burn out over time. No motor lasts forever. They have lots of moving components, all of which can break. If the problem is the motor itself, you will need to bring the vacuum to an expert for repairs. In all honesty, in many cases, if the motor has blown out, it’s usually cheaper to just get a new vacuum altogether.



Some vacuums, especially older ones, can get really hot. Excessive heating will cause the motor to shut down, either due to simply being too hot or because of the thermostat. If the motor is too hot, you may have a problem with the filter or a clog somewhere along the way, that or the motor might just be old and dying, in which case a replacement is in order.

If the thermostat is not working right, it might cause the vacuum to shut down and not turn on. In this case, let the vacuum be for about an hour, let it cool, and try turning it back on. If this does not work, you need to call customer service or go see an expert.


Other than that, there is not much else that can cause your vacuum to not turn on or shut off. If none of the above issues is the problem, you might just need to invest in a new vacuum. Technology gets old and things break.

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