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Clean the bin and cyclone

Remove the clear bin by pressing the catch on top of the carry handle.

Image shows how to remove the bin from the machine.

With the bin base open, press the grey button on the side of the cyclone (near the red rod).

Image showing how to open the base of the bin.

Separate the bin and cyclone.

Clean the shroud

Wipe the shroud with a soft dusting brush or dry lint free cloth.

WARNING: Do not use any liquids on the cyclone.

Ensure the bin is completely dry before re-assembling the machine.

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Does the noise occur when the machine is standing upright?

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Has clearing the cleaner head resolved the problem?

Whistling noise

This suggests that air is leaking, probably due to a blockage or clogged filters.

Image shows how to remove the bin from the machine.

Please note: In normal use, the brush bar automatically turns OFF when the machine is upright and automatically turns ON when the machine is in the vacuuming position.

Reset brush bar

To reset the brush bar press the brush bar control button twice or switch the machine OFF and back ON.

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Thermal cut out

Most Dyson vacuums have a built in safety system that stops the machine if it begins to overheat. This usually happens because the filters need washing or your machine is blocked.

Carry out the performance checks, and if your machine cuts out unplug and leave for at least 2 hours to cool down.

If the customer prefers to check the machine when the power has returned, wait for a minimum of 2 hours and ask them to call back.

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How to wash the filter

The filters should be washed once a month.

Please follow the steps in the video.

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Remove bin from machine

Remove the cyclone and clear bin from the machine.

Image shows how to remove the bin from the machine.

Remove pre-filter

Release the catch on the front of the cyclone handle.

Swing the handle back.

Lift out the filter.

Image showing how to remove the pre-filter.

Wash pre-filter

Wash the filter with cold water only.

Hold under a tap and run water through the open end until the water runs clear.

Turn upside down and tap out.

Squeeze and twist with both hands to make sure the excess water is removed.

Image showing how to wash the filter.

Dry pre-filter

Stand the filter on its wide, open end to dry.

Leave to dry completely for a minimum of 24 hours.

Image shows that 24 hours is recommended for drying the filter.

Re-assemble machine

Replace the filter into the cyclone. Swing the handle back into place.

Ensure the latch clicks to engage and is secure.

Image showing how to refit the pre-filter.

Remove post-filter

Turn the blue central locking dial on the outer cover of the ball anti-clockwise until the cover is released.

Lift off the cover

Image showing how to remove the ball shell from the machine.

Turn the filter one-quarter anti-clockwise to release.

Image showing how to release the post filter from the machine.

Wash post-filter

Wash the filter with cold water only.

Filter B should be rinsed and tapped out until the water runs clear, then tapped out again to ensure all excess water is removed. (Tap on the plastic rim, not the filter material.)

Image showing how to wash the filter.

Dry post-filter

Leave to dry completely for a minimum of 24 hours.

Image shows that 24 hours is recommended for drying the filter.

Refit the filter on to the ball

Secure the filter by turning it clockwise so the white arrows align.

Image showing refit the post filter.

When refitting the outer cover of the ball, keep turning the central locking dial clockwise. When it starts to click it is locked.

Image showing how to refit the  ball shell cover.

Test machine

Re-assemble and test the machine.

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Check electrical supply

Is the power cord or plug damaged?

Are the other household appliances working?

Does the vacuum work when plugged into another socket?

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Any order or repair as a result of water damage is not covered by the warranty.

Unusual smell

This indicates that moisture has got into the machine.

WARNING: Do not use the vacuum to pick up carpet shampoo or any liquids.

The clear bin and filters may be washed but must be completely dry before being refit to the machine.

The cyclone should never be washed (it may only be wiped with a dry cloth or brush).

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Check the brush bar

Plug in and switch on the machine.

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Recline it into the vacuuming position.

Check the brush bar through the window at the front of the cleaner head.

Does the brush bar spin when the machine is reclined?

Check soleplate

Check the soleplate to ensure there is no debris caught in the wheels or any damage/wheels missing.

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Please note: In normal use, the brush bar automatically turns OFF when the machine is upright and automatically turns ON when the machine is in the vacuuming position.

Resetting the brush bar

To reset the brush bar press the brush bar control button twice or switch the machine OFF and back ON.

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Has the ball shell come off the filter side or non-filter side?

Has the nut come out of the centre of the ball shell?

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How to refit the ball shell

The ball shell can be screwed back onto the bolt on the main duct of the machine.

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Check the red rod

When pressing down the red button to open the bin base, the red upper release rod may get stuck on the cyclone, preventing the base from opening.

Slide the red upper release rod on the back of the cyclone up towards the top of the cyclone pack and try the release button again.

Image shows how to check the red rod on the bin.

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Manual opening of the bin base

By sliding down the lower section of the red release rod, try to manually open the bin base.

Image showing how to manually release the bin base.

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Check the cleaner head.

With the machine unplugged, remove the cleanerhead.

Lay the machine on its back.

Image showing to lay the machine onto its front.

Locate the red clip underneath the cleanerhead.

Image showing how to remove the cleaner head from the machine.

Slide the clip towards the ball and firmly pull the cleanerhead off.

Image showing how to remove the cleaner head from the machine.

Clear the brushbar

Open the soleplate by undowing the two red release catches.

Image showing how to unclip the soleplate.

Using scissors, carefully cut away any hairs and fibres from the brushbar.

Image shows threads being removed from the brush bar.

Check the cleanerhead inlet and the corresponding opening on the machine for blockages and remove as necessary.

Image shows how to check the lower duct.

Check the internal hose

Undo the purple filter cap in the centre of the ball shell.

Image showing how to remove the ball shell from the machine.

Remove the ball shell to gain better access to the internal hose.

Pull the red collar away from the machine and check the hose for blockages.

Image shows how to check the internal hose.

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Which part of the hose has split?

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What problem are you having with the reclining mechanism?

Check the ducts

With the machine unplugged, remove the wand from the back of the machine (this is for a later check).

Image showing how to remove the wand.

Lay the machine on the floor, bin side down and remove the cleaner head by pressing the red release catch.

Image showing how to remove the cleaner head from the machine.

Check the lower duct (where the cleaner head fit on machine) for blockages and remove as necessary.

Image shows how to check the lower duct.

Turn the machine over and unclip the internal hose from between the two haves of the ball.

Check the internal hose for blockages and remove as necessary (it should be possible to see through to the lower duct).

Image shows how to check the internal hose.

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Check the changeover valve

Remove the main hose from the machine by pressing the red release catch (the catch is not part of the hose and remains on the machine).

Image showing how to remove the hose.

Check the opening where the hose was fitted for blockages (in particular any pens or pencils etc.) and remove as necessary.

Image shows how to check the change over valve.

Re-assemble and test the machine.

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Check the ducts

With the machine unplugged, remove the wand from the back of the machine (this is for a later check).

Image showing how to remove the wand.

Lay the machine on the floor, bin side down and remove the cleaner head by pressing the red release catch.

Image showing how to remove the cleaner head from the machine.

Check the lower duct (where the cleaner head fit on machine) for blockages and remove as necessary.

Image shows how to check the lower duct.

Turn the machine over and unclip the internal hose from between the two haves of the ball.

Check the internal hose for blockages and remove as necessary (it should be possible to see through to the lower duct).

Image shows how to check the internal hose.

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Check the changeover valve.

Remove the main hose from the machine by pressing the red release catch (the catch is not part of the hose and remains on the machine).

Image showing how to remove the hose.

Check the duct where the hose was fitted for blockages (in particular any pens or pencils etc.) and remove as necessary.

Image shows how to check the change over valve.

Re-assemble and test the machine.

The vacuum needs to be pushed slightly beyond vertical for the stabilizers to click into the correct position.

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Press red release button

The wand and handle can be released back into the machine by pressing the red release button near the On/Off button at the same time as the red button on the hose cuff.

Image showing which button releases the wand and hose.

Once the wand is un-jammed, there is no need to use the hose cuff button when lowering the wand.

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Raise handle

The handle needs to be pulled up before the wand (with the red top) can be clipped on.

Image showing how to pull the wand handle up.

Please ensure the handle is pulled up and locked into place before trying to fit the wand on again.

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Check the cable wind

The handle is made from a new mix of materials that ensure the DC50's weight is kept to a minimum without compromising its durability.

These materials are designed to flex slightly to absorb the stresses caused while the machine is use and is perfectly normal.

The handle may wobble slightly if the top cable wind has lifted up with the wand handle. Please push the top of the cable winder down so that it is level with the on off switch.

Image shows how to store the power cable on your machine.

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Assemble your Dyson

Attach the cleanerhead.

Lay the machine on its back and fit the cleaner head onto the connections.

Image shows how to attach the cleaner head to the machine.

Push firmly until the cleaner head clicks into place and the red latch engages.

Attach the wand to the hose

With the machine upright, push the wand and handle assembly into the top of the hose until it 'clicks'.

Press the red wand release button and push the wand fully into the hose.

Image shows how to attach the hose to the wand.

Attach the wand to the machine

Place the wand and handle assembly into the grooves on the top of the duct.

Press the red handle release button and push the wand and handle assembly down fully.

Image shows how to attach the wand to the machine.

Fit the tool holder

With the bin and cyclone removed, slide the tool holder onto the back of the machine, just above the ball.

Image showing how to attach the tool holder to the machine.

Press the tool holder on with your thumbs, while holding the front of the machine with your fingers. The fitting is tight, so use a constant, firm pressure.

Image shows how to attach the tool holder to the machine.

Refit the cyclone and clear bin unit and attach the tools.

NB: The tool holder is not designed to be removed once fitted.

Image showing how to attach the tools to the wand or hose.

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Use the brushbar

The brushbar will begin to turn automatically when the machine is reclined.

Press the grey button beside the On/Off switch to turn the brushes off.

Image shows what the brush bar does on different surfaces.

Keep the brushbar on for cleaning carpets.

Turn the brushbar off for use on tassled rugs or delicate surfaces.

Image showing how to turn the brush bar off for rugs.

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Carry the machine

Wrap the cable around the cable hooks at the tob and bottom of the machine's spine.

Image shows how to carry the machine.

Carry the machine by the handle at the top of the cyclone (not the handle that contains the wand).

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Quick start guide

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How to start vacuuming

Pull the handle up until it clicks into place.

With the machine plugged in, press the On/Off switch at the front of the handle to start the motor.

Image showing how to pull the wand handle up.

The stabilisers will move to the correct position automatically as the machine is reclined.

Image showing how to turn the machine on/off.

Press the red handle release button between the On/Off and brushbar buttons to lower the handle.

Image showing which button releases the wand and hose.

Use the wand and hose

To use the wand, stand the machine upright and pull the red cuff up, out of the handle. Pull the hose cuff down until it clicks into place at the end of the wand.

Image showing how to pull the wand handle up.

The red button on the hose cuff can be used to remove the wand so that the accessory tools can be attached directly to the hose.

Image showing how to remove the wand.

To stow the wand, press the button on the wand cuff and push it back up the wand. Replace the wand in the machine's handle

Image showing how to place the hose and wand back onto the machine.

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DC50/DC51 User guide

Please see the userguide attached above.

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Empty the bin

To ensure your machine continues to clean effectively, the clear bin must be emptied as soon as the dust reaches the max mark.

Remove the clear bin assembly by pressing the catch on top of the carry handle.

Image shows how to remove the bin from the machine.

To empty the clear bin press the catch on top of the carry handle again to release dust directly into a dustbin.

Image showing to empty the bin into a bag.

Shake or tap firmly to remove all dust from inside the fine dust collector

Press firmly on the centre of the clear bin base to close.

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How to wash the filters

Please follow the steps in the video.

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Remove bin from machine

Remove the cyclone and clear bin.

Image shows how to remove the bin from the machine.

Remove pre-filter

Release the catch on the front of the cyclone handle.

Swing the handle back.

Lift out the filter.

Image showing how to remove the pre-filter.

Wash pre-filter

Wash the filter with cold water only.

Hold under a tap and run water through the open end until the water runs clear.

Turn upside down and tap out.

Image showing how to wash the filter.

Dry pre-filter

Stand the filter on its wide, open end to dry. Leave to dry completely for a minimum of 24 hours.

Image shows that 24 hours is recommended for drying the filter.

Re-assemble machine

Replace the filter into the cyclone.

Swing the handle back into place.

Ensure the latch clicks to engage and is secure.

Fit the cyclone and clear bin unit onto the appliance.

Image showing how to refit the pre-filter.

Remove post-filter

Lie the appliance on its side.

Turn the blue central locking dial on the outer cover of the ball anti-clockwise until the cover is released.

Lift off the cover.

Image showing how to remove the ball shell from the machine.

Turn the filter one-quarter anti-clockwise to release.

Image showing how to release the post filter from the machine.

Wash post-filter

Wash the filter with cold water only.

Filter B should be rinsed and tapped out until the water runs clear, then tapped out again to ensure all excess water is removed.

(Tap on the plastic rim, not the filter material.)

Image showing how to wash the filter.

Dry post-filter

Leave to dry completely for a minimum of 24 hours.

Image shows that 24 hours is recommended for drying the filter.

Re-assemble machine

Secure the filter by turning it clockwise so the white arrows align.

Image showing refit the post filter.

When refitting the outer cover of the ball, keep turning the central locking dial clockwise.

When it starts to click it is locked.

Image showing how to refit the  ball shell cover.

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