Canister or upright, no matter the type, your Kenmore model 116 mainly consists of a powerhead or wand, a suction hose, and a handle. Until it comes to changing the belt, the process of disassembling it remains pretty similar. Follow the instructions below, and it’s only a matter of time before all the screws come loose.
How to Take Apart a Kenmore Vacuum Model 116?
So, first things first. Before diving deep, you will have to take the wheeled canister, the suction hose, and the power-mate wand apart. To do so, start from the handle and press every release button down to the base of the wand. Disengage all the parts by twisting the joints gently.
The power-mate wand consists of a footplate and two other pieces. Put these pieces away and move on to departing the canister. At the point where the hose and the canister meet, there is a plastic socket. Pinch the latch on that socket and take the plastic hose out of the canister.
Once you have separated the canister, press the built-in latch on its handle. Then release the hood cover sitting on the canister. Inside, you will find the vacuum bag, which you can easily discard. Now that all the main sections are taken apart, you may proceed to the more intricate job, which is disassembling each segment.
Kenmore Model 116 Powerhead/Vacuum Head Disassembly
You’ll catch sight of two screws near the wheels once you’ve turned the powerhead over. Remove them with a screwdriver and pull the wheels off. Get a closer look until you find two tabs on one side and two more at the rear. Release the tabs, and you should now be able to pull the top of the unit off.
As for internals, the brush roller should come off pretty easily with a slight pull. However, make sure to move the belt aside before doing so. Now remain the motor and wiring house, which are held together by four screws. Detach these and the spring clip near the motor. Finally, unsnap the elevator wheels and remove the components.
How to Disassemble the Handle of Kenmore Vacuum Model 116?
Three self-tapping screws hold the two sides of the clamshell handle together. One that goes right through an eyelet in the upper plate is the top back screw. You would better remove that one first and then the rest.
Beware of the fact that the handle has a few plastic tabs that have to be released from their slots. Use a screwdriver to pry the back of the top plate. Give it a slight push and let it slide forward. If you have followed accordingly, the top plate should easily pop off by now.
How Do I Disassemble Brush on Kenmore Vacuum Model 116?
Turn the Powermate upside down and unscrew the two screws using a screwdriver. Though any flathead screwdriver should do, you might want to consider a Phillips-Head screwdriver. Lift the four latches as described in the powerhead disassemble section to open the cover. Next, pull the brush up, slide it out from the belt and remove it from the Powermate.
How to Change the Belt on a Kenmore Vacuum Cleaner Model 116?
If yours is a canister vacuum cleaner, follow the instructions in the powerhead disassemble section. Once you have removed the previous belt, wrap the new one around the brush roller. Now, place the roller back and use the tabs to re-attach the powerhead. Instructions for an upright vacuum cleaner are as follows.
Over the agitator housing that sits at the base, you will find two plastic screws. Use your flat head screwdriver to turn them in such a way that they both point up and down. Pull off the agitator housing and locate the roller brush. Afterward, remove the old or broken belt from the roller.
All you have to do now is wrap the new belt through the roller brush and around the pulley at the back. Place the roller back into the plastic shell and attach the agitator housing. That’s it! Your Kenmore Model 116 is ready to roll.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How to check whether the vacuum belt is damaged or not?
Ans: If you have not tried disassembling your Kenmore model 116 yet, give a glance underneath. Turn the vacuum on and see if the brush roller is spinning or stuck. Unless it’s spinning, your primary guess should be a flawed belt. You can be sure of it if the broken belt is seen flopping around.
Q: How do I remove the vacuum hose?
Ans: Use a flat head screwdriver to remove the clamps. Once they are removed, grab the clamped end and twist to break it loose. You should be able to turn the hose side to side quite easily. Now hold the opposite end and pull the vacuum hose. Keep turning it side to side until it is completely removed.
Whether you’re up for some repair or only a few replacements, we hope this guide helped you sort things out. To get it back into one piece, simply follow the instructions in reverse order. And you’ll be there in no time.