Dyson Starts Then Stops—What To Do?

A Dyson vacuum cleaner saves you time and energy and is also very effective in ridding your home of dust and other allergens. But the vacuum cleaner may occasionally malfunction, causing it to start and then stop. What can you do about it? We researched the topic, and this is what we discovered.

To diagnose and restore functionality on a Dyson that starts then stops, do the following:

  • Check the power connection for a corded vacuum cleaner.
  • Charge the battery of a cordless vacuum cleaner.
  • Empty the bin.
  • Clean the filters.

Dive in to learn more about troubleshooting a Dyson vacuum cleaner that starts, then stops. We will also discuss the frequency of washing a Dyson vacuum filter and address whether you can leave your Dyson on charge at all times.

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Diagnosing And Resolving A Dyson That Starts Then Stops

Although a Dyson vacuum cleaner is quite reliable, it may occasionally run into trouble, causing it to keep cutting out. While this can be quite frustrating, you do not need to budget for a new vacuum cleaner. This article will guide you in restoring the vacuum cleaner's optimal functionality.

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Causes of Frequent Cycles

Power Problems

The Dyson vacuum cleaner has an electric motor powered by a battery or by plugging the unit directly into a power source. The electrical energy from the power source is converted into mechanical energy which in turn creates suction power that enables the unit to perform its function.

Your corded Dyson vacuum cleaner can start and stop if it is not properly connected to a power source. It can also stop running if the socket is faulty or the charging cord is damaged. 

If you use a cordless vacuum cleaner, the unit may cycle if it is not charged. The appliance requires sufficient energy to power its motor, without which it will stop running soon after it starts.

A fully charged battery is critical if you use the vacuum cleaner's 'extra powerful' mode. Moreover, you may need to charge your battery frequently even when using it on 'normal' mode due to regular wear as you use the appliance.


Dyson vacuum cleaners need seamless air circulation through them to function efficiently. As they suck in dust particles, the dust gathers in a clear dirt cup. When the bin is full, it hinders proper airflow, which may then cause the appliance to cut out.

Also, some models have an automatic shut-off feature that bars the appliance from running if it detects a clog.

Dirty Filters

Close up of massively clogged, dirty filter of hand vacuum cleaner, dust and powder on the vacuum filter

Dyson machines are fitted with a motor filter and an exhaust filter. As the vacuum cleaners draw in the air alongside dirt and other contaminants from one end, it ejects this air from the other end of the machine.

The motor filter keeps the dust particles from making their way to the motor and causing it to overheat. On the other hand, the HEPA exhaust filter traps fine dust particles from the air to make it safe to breathe before releasing the air from the machine.

Like a full bin, the filters can impede air circulation within the vacuum cleaner, ultimately resulting in loss of suction. A full dust cup also contributes to the filters gathering dust quicker.

Resolving Recurrent Cutting Out

Power The Appliance

Some Dyson models have a flashing light that indicates when the battery needs to be charged. Connect the vacuum cleaner to a power outlet and leave it for the recommended time to allow the battery to charge fully. 

You can also consider replacing the appliance's battery if the battery drains out every few minutes. A fully charged Dyson V6 should power the appliance for about 20 to 30 minutes when running on 'normal' mode. Max mode shortens this time to about six minutes. The fade-free batteries often require replacing every 3 to 5 years.

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When working with a corded unit, ensure that you properly connect it to a power outlet. Otherwise, it will fail to run as expected. If you suspect that the power outlet is faulty, you can change the socket and observe whether it runs.

Remember that most battery-powered appliances do not function in charging mode. Therefore, unplug the unit before using it.

Empty The Bin

Empty the canister as soon as it gets about two-thirds full to enhance proper airflow. You can also rely on the maximum fill line on the dust cup to know when to empty it.

Emptying the bin also optimizes the vacuum cleaner's performance and reduces the spread of germs within the home. Running the vacuum cleaner when the bin is full overworks the motor, causing it to wear out faster.

Also, inspect the machine for any items that may stick on the top part of the canister. These items can cause the appliance to feel too full to keep running. You can use a thin blunt object to eliminate the stuck elements.

Some pieces of debris can also get stuck in the wand, the stick, or the hose of upright models. Check for these and promptly remove them. Ensure that your unit is disconnected from the power socket as you inspect it.

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Clean the Filters

Middle-aged man replacing an air filter in a vacuum cleaner at home on the floor

The motor filter and exhaust filter in a Dyson vacuum cleaner are washable. The frequency of washing the filters will depend on your frequency of usage.

We will discuss cleaning the filters at greater length in the next section.

How Often Should You Wash a Dyson Vacuum Filter?

Typically, you should wash the Dyson motor filter every month to maintain suction and keep your appliance operating at maximum efficiency. You may need to vary this frequency depending on your home's size, susceptibility to allergies, how often you use the vacuum cleaner, and whether you have pets.

Step-by-step Guide

Before you begin, disconnect your corded vacuum cleaner from the power socket to avoid electrocution. For cordless machines, turn them off.

  1. Remove the filters from the Dyson vacuum cleaner. Generally, you will find one filter near the cyclone and another at the back of the machine. But your user manual can guide you in locating and dislodging these filters.
  2. Gently tap the filters to get rid of loose dirt and dust. You can do this outside to avoid polluting indoor air.
  3. Rinse the filter with cold tap water. Avoid using detergents or putting the filters in a washing machine or the dishwasher. Instead, rub the filters gently with your hands while taking care not to damage the pleats inside. Repeat this step until clean water flows from the filters.
  4. Shake the filters to eliminate all the excess water. You can also squeeze the filters gently.
  5. Place the filters in a warm area or a place with sufficient airflow and away from naked flames. Leave them for at least 24 hours to ensure that they dry completely. Do not dry them in dryers. Physically inspect the filters for moisture before reinstalling them to avoid damaging the motor.

Remember to fit the clean filters correctly before using your vacuum cleaner. Running the machine without filters exposes the machine to possible malfunction and exposes you to contaminated air.

It is recommended that you replace the Dyson vacuum cleaner filters annually

Can You Leave Your Dyson On Charge All The Time?


We all want our machines to be ready for use when we need them. For cordless vacuum cleaners, we would prefer that they are charged. Luckily, it is safe to leave most Dyson machines on charge without worrying that they will develop electrical faults or become defective.

These batteries are designed with mechanisms to protect them from overcharging. They stop consuming electricity once they reach full charge capacity. 

Before deciding to leave your Dyson on charge always, check the type of battery fitted. Machines with lithium batteries can withstand being on charge all the time. But those with nickel batteries may fail to hold up as well.

Unlike lithium batteries, nickel batteries save memories. Therefore, they may fail to reach full charge capacity if they do not discharge. It is better to charge the battery when it is down and unplug it when it is full. You only need to remember to charge before cleaning using the machine.

Wrapping Up

A little TLC will resolve the issues that may be causing your Dyson machine to start and then stop. Often, ensuring proper power connection or restoring sufficient air circulation is sufficient. But if the issue persists, contact your local service center.

Carefully identify the type of battery your appliance has before leaving it on charge all the time. Fortunately, you can easily replace the battery if it becomes defective. You only need to install an original Dyson battery to avoid damaging your vacuum cleaner and achieve maximum output from the unit.

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