Dyson Troubleshooting (Dyson V8, V10 and V11 etc.)

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A worn out battery is the most common Dyson problem. © Vacuumtester.com
In short: with a Dyson vacuum cleaner you can experience various problems. For example, the suction power can suddenly decrease sharply, it can start to smell or it suddenly makes a lot of noise. In most cases, the problem is due to poor maintenance or old parts. New parts are often the solution. View the prices here.

At Vacuumtester.com I receive daily messages about Dyson vacuum cleaners. It often concerns Dyson problems, where people are curious what the solution is. I have written dozens of guides on solving specific Dyson problems on this website.

On this page I list the most common problems and how you can solve them – in most cases – quickly. A complete Dyson troubleshooting guide!

Various Dyson problems

Dyson vacuum cleaners come in many types and designs. When I look at the problems that I often receive in my inbox, it turns out in many cases to be the cordless Dyson vacuum cleaners. Specifically the following models: Dyson V7, Dyson V8, Dyson V10 and Dyson V11.

The problems can be divided into the following categories:

  • Notifications: a Dyson can provide notifications on the LCD screen or with lights near the battery.
  • Loss of suction power: the Dyson hardly sucks anything anymore
  • Electricity problems: the vacuum cleaner no longer charges or the battery suddenly has a very short life
  • Bad smells: the vacuum cleaner smells
  • Weird noises: suddenly makes a lot of noise
  • Visible issues: Damage or Dyson parts not fitting together properly
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A Dyson can suddenly give a message on the LCD screen. © Vacuumtester.com

Top 5 Dyson problems in a row

Over the past year I've been keeping track of which Dyson problems have come up the most. View the top 10 below for an interesting overview.

  1. The battery of the Dyson vacuum cleaner lasts very short
  2. The vacuum cleaner battery no longer charges at all
  3. The Dyson stinks of dog
  4. Dyson vacuum cleaner suddenly makes a lot of noise
  5. The Dyson no longer sucks properly

Have you experienced a problem with your Dyson vacuum cleaner yourself? Share your problem at the bottom of this page, so that I can continue to monitor which problems occur most often.

Dyson troubleshooting

Of course I would like to help you to solve these problems as soon as possible. As I mentioned in the introduction, I have already written a manual for all Dyson problems on Vacuumtester.com. You can quickly find the problem solution in the overview below. You can also click through to the complete manual (often with video!) for handy step-by-step plans.

Dyson problemCauseTroubleshootingManual
Dyson won't turn on anymoreWorn batteryNew batteryManual
Dyson not chargingWorn battery or defective charging cableNew batteryManual
Dyson red light onIf there is a red light, the battery is defective or has not been properly clicked into the vacuum cleaner.New batteryManual
Dyson blue light blinksThere is a blockage in one of the air ducts or the filters need to be replaced.New filtersManual
Dyson has no suction powerThere is a blockage, the filters are worn or the suction nozzle is not connected properly.New filtersManual
Dyson pulsesThere is a blockage in the air ways.New filtersManual
Dyson (filter) smellsThe filters are dirty or wornNew filtersManual

For many problems I have made useful videos, where I help you step by step. Check out my YouTube channel for interesting video tutorials.

Buying Dyson replacement parts

When you have come to the conclusion that you need new Dyson parts, there are a number of factors to consider. It is very important to know which Dyson you have so that you buy parts that actually fit your vacuum cleaner. For example, a filter for the Dyson V8 is different from that of a Dyson V11.

In addition, I recommend that you buy parts from Dyson yourself. I have found that many problems with a Dyson are caused by the use of aftermarket parts. In other words: parts that are not Dyson's own. Check out a complete guide to all the Dyson parts out there here.

I have found that many Dyson problems are caused by the use of aftermarket parts.

Preventing problems with your Dyson vacuum cleaner

It is interesting to think about how you can possibly prevent or postpone problems in the future. For example, I previously did research into the Dyson vacuum battery life, where I already gave tips on how you can use your battery for longer.

Below are some interesting tips that will help you extend the life of your Dyson vacuum cleaner and parts (and thus prevent problems):

  • Clean the Dyson filters regularly
  • Replace the filters of your Dyson vacuum cleaner at least every 12 months
  • Check the vacuum cleaner regularly for blockages
  • Keep the parts clean; For example, regularly remove hair from the brushes
  • Charge the battery at 20% battery life
  • Use the Dyson vacuum as little as possible in turbo mode
  • Only buy and use parts from Dyson itself

Fortunately, the various activities above are not a chore. For example, watch the video below to see how easy it is to clean a Dyson HEPA filter.

Check your warranty period at Dyson

When you have bought a Dyson vacuum cleaner, it is strongly recommended to register it on the Dyson website. This allows you to see exactly when you bought it and what your rights are in terms of warranty. You may experience problems within your warranty period, which means you may be entitled to a replacement battery.

I hope my article has solved your Dyson problem. If not, leave a comment at the bottom of this page so I can help you.

Robbert Tigchelaar
Robbert Tigchelaar

Robbert Tigchelaar has made testing vacuum cleaners his life's work. He has dedicated himself to conducting fully independent and valuable tests of vacuum cleaners to provide consumers with honest advice. His expertise in vacuum cleaners has been highlighted in The Washington Post and the Daily Express.

  1. Hiya, I have a Dyson v13 vacuum.
    It was ok until I tried to clean the air nose.it was still a bit damp when I turned it on.
    It’s not showing anything when you plug in now and don’t do anything. Do you think I have to take it to a shop to repair?
    Thank you.

  2. When I plug in to the
    charger the light on the plug flashes once then nothing. No charge!!! HELP PLEASE

  3. the red on/off switch does not seem to be working…please advise

  4. Thanks for sharing all your experiences. I have the Dyson V11 Animal. It’s a little over 2 years old and I use it daily to keep our carpets clean with 2 cats. I clean the V11 motor head religiously (cat hair accumulates at both ends of the bar) and recently replaced the exhaust filter(OEM) A blockage does not appear to be the issue. All of a sudden the torque head’s beater bar has started to chatter/vibrate loudly. It happens intermittently, not a constant issue. Sound familiar? I’m wondering if my motor is going out?

  5. Min Dyson V10 starter kun engang imellem, sel om den er fuldt opladet

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