An hour later, some 20+ screws removed and the entire thing disassembled to the point where it wasn't going to go back together, having surrendered on the concept of repair and determined to find the issue, I got access to the power switch. It was fine.
|Looks like it's time for a new vacuum cleaner.|
One thing I did learn is that assembling one of these beasts is extremely labor-intensive. As I took it apart, I imagined someone on a factory floor putting it together. No snaps, lots and lots of screws, each having to be done by hand, given the complicated design of the plastic body parts. Good jobs at good wages?