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?

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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.

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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