How to Replace a Kenmore Power-Mate Vacuum Belt

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The Kenmore Power-Mate is a series of canister vacuum cleaners, primarily designed for home use. Replacing the belt in a canister vacuum is slightly different than in a traditional upright. Although Kenmore does not specify a replacement interval for the Power-Mate belt, most manufacturers recommended replacing a vacuum belt every six months.

Things You'll Need

  • Kenmore belt No. 20-5218
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Turn off the power switch on the canister, and unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.

  • Flip the suction head over and remove the two screws. There is a screw on each side, near the wheels.

  • Turn the suction head right-side up. Press the adjustment button on the back to lower the handle. Flip up the latches on the rear of the suction head.

  • Grab both sides of the suction head, push inward and carefully pull off the cover. Lift the agitator assembly from the suction head and remove the old belt.

  • Route the new belt around the agitator assembly. Wrap the other side around the motor shaft. Mount the agitator assembly back into the suction head.

  • Replace the cover, flip down the latches on the rear and tighten the screws on the bottom.

Tips & Warnings

  • Kenmore recommends you clean the agitator assembly when replacing the belt. To clean the agitator belt, pull off the debris wrapped around it.

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