Kenmore Elite 12521814610 Owner’s Manual

Use & Care Guide

Manual de Uso y Cuidado

Kenmore Elite®

Vacuum Cleaner

Aspiradora

Model/Modelo:

125.21814610

Vacuum Cleaner Help Line:

1-877-531-7321 8:00am-5:00pm EST, M-F

Sears Brands Management CorporationEstates, IL 60179 USA

www.kenmore.com

www.sears.com

®

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Before Using Your New Vacuum Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . 2

Kenmore Elite Vacuum Cleaner Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . 3

Important Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . 4

Parts and Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . 5-7

Assembly Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . 8-9

Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . 10-15

Performance/Safety Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . 16-17

Canister Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . 18-21

PowerMate® Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . 22-24

Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . 25-26

Requesting Assistance Or Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Back Cover

BEFORE USING YOUR NEW VACUUM CLEANER

Please read this guide. It will help you assemble and operate your new Kenmore vacuum cleaner in the safest and most way.

For more information about vacuum cleaner care and operation, call the Vacuum Cleaner Help Line at 1-877-531-7321. You will need the complete model and serial numbers when requesting information. Your vacuum cleaner’s model and serial numbers are located on the Model and Serial Number Plate.

Use the space below to record the model number and serial number of your new Kenmore vacuum cleaner.

Model No.____________________________________________

Serial No. ____________________________________________

Date of Purchase ______________________________________

Keep this book and your sales check (receipt) in a safe place for future reference.

PACKING LIST

Your KENMORE ELITE VACUUM CLEANER is packaged with the following parts and components assembled separately in the carton:

Canister Vacuum Cleaner (with Fan Tool & Dusting Brush)

PowerMate® & Floor Brush

Pet PowerMate

Hose & Handle Assembly (with Crevice Tool)

Telescoping Wand

Use & Care Guide

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KENMORE ELITE VACUUM CLEANER WARRANTY

KENMORE ELITE LIMITED WARRANTY

FOR ONE YEAR from the date of sale this appliance is warranted against defects in material or workmanship when it is correctly installed, operated and maintained according to all supplied instructions.

WITH PROOF OF SALE, a defective appliance will receive free repair or replacement at option of seller.

For warranty coverage details to obtain free replacement, visit the web page: www.kenmore.com/warranty.

This warranty applies for only 90 DAYS from the sale date if this appliance is ever used for other than private household purposes.

This warranty covers ONLY defects in material and workmanship, and will NOT pay for:

1.Expendable items that can wear out from normal use, including but not limited tos, belts, bags or screw-in base light bulbs.

2.A service technician to clean or maintain this appliance, or to instruct the user in correct appliance installation, operation and maintenance.

3.Service calls to correct appliance installation not performed by Sears authorized service agents, or to repair problems with house fuses, circuit breakers, house wiring, and plumbing or gas supply systems resulting from such installation.

4.Damage to or failure of this appliance resulting from installation not performed by Sears authorized service agents, including installation that was not in accord with electrical, gas or plumbing codes.

5.Damage to or failure of this appliance, including discoloration or surface rust, if it is not correctly operated and maintained according to all supplied instructions.

6.Damage to or failure of this appliance, including discoloration or surface rust, resulting from accident, alteration, abuse, misuse or use for other than its intended purpose.

7.Damage to or failure of this appliance, including discoloration or surface rust, caused by the use of detergents, cleaners, chemicals or utensils other than those recommended in all instructions supplied with the product.

8.Damage to or failure of parts or systems resulting fr made to this appliance.

9.Service to an appliance if the model and serial plate is missing, altered, or cannot easily be determined to have the appropriate cer o.

Disclaimer of implied warranties; limitation of remedies

Customer’s sole and exclusive remedy under this limited warranty shall be product repair or replacement as provided herein. Implied warranties, including warranties offor a particular purpose, are limited to one year or the shortest period allowed by law. Seller shall not be liable for incidental or consequential damages. Some states and provinces do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitation on the duration of implied warrantiess, so these exclusions or limitations may not apply to you.

This warranty applies only while this appliance is used in the United States.

This warranty gives y s, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

Sears Brands Management Corporation, Estates, IL 60179

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

Read all instructions in this guide before assembling or using your vacuum cleaner.

WARNING:

Your safety is important to us. To reduce the risk of e, electrical shock, injury to persons or damage when using your vacuum cleaner, follow basic safety precautions including the following:

Use your vacuum cleaner only as described in this guide. Use only with Sears recommended attachments.

Disconnect electrical supply before servicing or cleaning out the brush area. Failure to do so could result in brush unexpectedly starting causing personal injury from moving parts.

Do not leave vacuum cleaner when plugged in. Unplug from outlet when not in use and before performing maintenance.

To reduce the risk of electrical shock - Do not use outdoors or on wet surfaces.

Do not allow to be used as a toy. Close attention is necessary when used by or near children.

Do not use with a damaged cord or plug. If vacuum cleaner is not working as it should, has been dropped, damaged, left outdoors, or! " dealer for inspection and possible repair.

Do not pull or carry by cord, use cord as a handle, close a door on cord, or pull cord around sharp edges or corners. Do not run vacuum cleaner over cord. Keep cord away from heated surfaces.

Do not unplug by pulling on cord. To unplug, grasp the plug, not the cord.

Do not handle plug or vacuum cleaner with wet hands.

Do not put any objects into openings.

Do not use with any opening blocked; keep free of dust, lint, hair, and anything that may#ow.

Keep hair, loose clothing s, and all parts of body away from openings and moving parts.

T all controls before unplugging.

Use extra care when cleaning on stairs.

Do not put on chairs, tables, etc. Keep on

# r.

Do not use vacuum cleaner to pick up

# " $ e,# s, etc.), or use in areas where they may be present. The fumes from these substances can create aexplosion.

Do not pick up anything that is burning or smoking, such as cigarettes, matches, or hot ashes.

Do not use vacuum cleaner without dust bag% '

Always empty the dust bag after vacuuming carpet cleaners or freshener, powders, andt. These products clog the dust bag,#ow and can cause the bag to burst. Failure to empty the dust bag could cause permanent damage to the vacuum cleaner.

Do not use the vacuum cleaner to pick up sharp hard objects, small toys, pins, paper clips, etc. They may damage the vacuum cleaner.

Do not operate the vacuum cleaner without the e* '

The hose contains electrical wires. Do not use when damaged, cut, or punctured. Replace if cut or worn. Do not pick up sharp objects.

Always before connecting or disconnecting either hose, wand, Pet PowerMate, or PowerMate®.

Hold plug when rewinding onto cord reel. Do not allow plug to whip when rewinding.

You are responsible for making sure that your vacuum cleaner is not used by anyone unable to operate it properly.

WARNING:

This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

Proper assembly and safe use of your vacuum cleaner are your responsibilities. Your vacuum cleaner is intended for Household use. Read this Use & Care Guide carefully for important use and safety information. This guide contains safety statements under warning and caution symbols.

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PARTS AND FEATURES

It is important to know your vacuum cleaner’s parts and features to ensure its proper and safe use. Review these before using your vacuum cleaner.

Handle & Hose

Assembly

Canister

Telescoping

Wand

PowerMate®

REPLACEMENT PARTS

Part

Part No.

 

 

Belt

20-53013

 

 

Dust Bag (2-pack)

20-53291

 

 

Dust Bag (6-pack)

20-53292

 

 

Exhaust Filter

20-53296

 

 

Motor Safety Filter

20-81002

 

 

PowerMate® Agitator Assembly

8192535

To order a replacement part call 1-844-553-6667 or visit www.sears.com

NOTE: Detailed illustrations and listings of all vacuum cleaner parts are also available at searspartsdirect.com

Scan to reorder bags or go to kenmore.com/reorderCQ

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CANISTER

Power Cord

Cord Rewind Button

Tool Storage Cover

(Attachment storage inside)

Exhaust Filter Cover (Exhaust Filter inside)

Motor Safety

Filter

Hose Port

Carrying

Handle

Check Bag

Hood Indicator

Latch

Dust Bag

ATTACHMENTS

Tool Storage

Cover

Pet PowerMate

Fan Tool

Dusting

Brush

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HOSE

TELESCOPING WAND

Electronic Suction

Switch

Control

 

Wand Release

Handle

Button

 

Crevice

Wand Length

Adjust Button

Tool

 

 

Storage

 

Hook

 

Wand

Hose Swivel

Light

Tool Release

 

Button

POWERMATE® & LIFT OFF FLOOR BRUSH

 

Nozzle

Floor Brush

Swivel

 

Wand Release

 

Pedal

Furniture

 

Guard

 

Dirt Sensor

 

Height Adjustment

Height Adjustment

Indicator

Pedal

Furniture

Guard

ADJUST

EHER

Handle Release

Pedal

BRUSHRELEASE

Brush Release

 

 

Pedal

Overload Protector

Reset

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Please pay special attention to these hazard alert boxes, and follow any instructions given. WARNING statements alert you to such dangers as e, electric shock, burns and personal injury. CAUTION statements alert you to such dangers as personal injury and/or property damage.

ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

Before assembling vacuum cleaner, check the PACKING LIST (page 2). Use this list to verify that y your new Kenmore vacuum cleaner.

WARNING

Electrical Shock Hazard

DO NOT plug into electrical supply until assembly is complete. Failure to do so could result in electrical shock or injury.

PET POWERMATE

This canister is equipped with an on-board storage area for a Pet PowerMateattachment.

1. Press the release button to open the tool storage cover.

Release

Button

2. Insert the Pet

Tool

Pet PowerMate,

press down into

Storage

Cover

place, and close

 

the tool storage

 

cover securely.

 

Pet PowerMate

 

POWERMATE®

Align wand and insert onto PowerMate® until the wand locks into place.

HANDLE ASSEMBLY

Insert wand into handle until lock button snaps in place.

To remove: Press

 

wand release button

 

and pull up on

 

handle.

Wand

 

To store: Disconnect

Release

 

hose from wand

 

and canister to

 

prevent stress on

 

hose during storage.

 

Store hose in a

 

loosely coiled

 

position so the hose

 

covering is not

 

stressed.

 

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Kenmore Elite 12521814610 Owner’s Manual

CANISTER

1.Open the canister hood.

2.Check to see that the dust bag is properly installed. See BAG CHANGING (page 19) for instructions.

3.Check to see that the motor safety is properly installed. See MOTOR SAFETY FILTER CHANGING (page 20) for instructions.

HOOD AND TOOL STORAGE COVER

It is normal for the canister hood and tool storage cover to come when opened further than needed.

TO REINSTALL HOOD:

Hood

Bracket

1. Lift hood bracket up as shown.

2. Align tabs located on the hood with slots located on the hood bracket. Press hood into hood bracket until it snaps in place.

Hood TabTab

Slots

Hood

Bracket

3. Press hood slightly towards the rear of the canister.

Hood

4. Lower hood to Latch close. Press until hood latch snaps

into place.

TO REINSTALL TOOL STORAGE COVER: 1. Press tool storage cover bracket down.

Tool Storage

Cover Bracket

2.Align front edges of tool storage cover on canister hood.

3.Press rear of tool storage cover down until it snaps into place.

HOSE

To install: Line up the hose latch tab with the notch in the canister hood, and insert hose into canister until it snaps into place.

IMPORTANT:

Hose Latch

Tab

Notch

The vacuum cleaner will not operate until hose is fully connected.

To remove: Do not open hood before removing hose. With hood closed, press the hose latch tab in to release and remove hose.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

CAUTION

Moving parts! To reduce the risk of personal injury, DO NOT touch the agitator when vacuum cleaner is on. Contacting the agitator while it is rotating can cut, bruise or cause other injuries. Always turn and unplug from electrical outlet before servicing.

Use caution when operating near children.

HOW TO START

WARNING

Personal Injury and Product Damage

Hazard

ALWAY before unplugging.

The cord moves rapidly when rewinding. Keep children away and provide a clear path when rewinding the cord to prevent personal injury.

DO NOT use outlets above counters. Damage from cord to items in surrounding area could occur.

When any abnormality/failure occurs, stop using the product immediately and disconnect the power plug.

NOTE: To reduce the risk of electric shock, this vacuum cleaner has a polarized plug; one blade is wider than the other. This plug will in a polarized outlet only one way. If the plug does not fully in the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does not t, contact a " electrician to install the proper outlet. Do not change the plug in any way.

1. Pull cord out of canister to desired length. The cord will not rewind until the cord rewind button is pushed.

2. Plug the polarized power cord into a 120 Volt outlet located near the # r.

To rewind: T

Cord Rewind

and unplug the

Button

vacuum cleaner.

 

Hold the plug

 

while rewinding to

 

prevent damage or

 

injury from the

 

moving cord. Push

 

cord rewind

 

button.

 

WARNING

Personal Injury and Product Damage

Hazard

DO NOT run over power cord with PowerMate®. Personal injury or product damage could result.

DO NOT pull plug from wall by

the power cord. If there is damage to the cord or plug, personal injury or property damage could result.

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3. Lower the wand from upright position by pressing on the HANDLE RELEASE pedal.

Handle

RELEASBRUSE H

Release

EASEE

 

ELHANDL

 

R

HEIGHT

ADJUST

4. Select a pile height setting by pressing the HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT pedal on the rear of the PowerMate®. The pile height setting shows on the indicator.

RELEASBRUSE H

HA

REL

N

 

EADLE

 

SE

Height

Adjustment

Pedal

Height Adjustment

Indicator

HEIGHT

ADJUST

SUGGESTED PILE HEIGHT SETTINGS

Attention: Refer to your carpet manufacturers cleaning recommendations. Some more delicate carpets may require that they be vacuumed with the PowerMate®event carpet damage.

For best deep down cleaning, use the XLO setting. However, you may need to raise the height to make some jobs easier, such as scatter rugs and some deep pile carpets, and to prevent the vacuum cleaner from shutting o . Suggested settings are:

HI – Shag, deep pile, super-soft, or ultraplush carpets, and scatter rugs.

MED – Medium to deep pile.

LO – Low to medium pile.

XLO – The preferred setting for many carpets# '

NOTE: + # < % HARDFLOOR'

5. Select a position on the handle 3-way% '

CARPET /

Slide the switch forward to the CARPET position to turn on suction from the canister motor and the PowerMate agitator. The CARPET indicator button will turn green, and the PowerMate® agitator will start to spin.

HARDFLOOR

Slide the switch forward to the HARDFLOOR position to turn on canister motor suction only. The

HARDFLOOR indicator button will turn green, and the PowerMate® agitator will not spin.

CARPET /

HARDFLOOR

Slide the switch all the way back to turn' + CARPET and HARDFLOOR indicators will both become gray.

NOTE: The dirt sensor and wand light will operate ONLY when the switch is in the CARPET position.

CAUTION

DO NOT leave the PowerMate® running in one spot for any length of time. Damage to carpet may occur.

CAUTION

Product Damage Hazard

Use care if the PowerMate® and wand is left in the upright position as it may tip over easily. Property damage can occur if tipped.

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Storage
Hook

VACUUMING TIPS

FOR BEST CLEANING RESULTS

• Slide suction control

SUCTION

forward to increase

CONTROL

 

suction for upholstery

 

and carpets.

 

Slide suction control back to decrease

suction for lightweight rugs or drapes.

= # ' > ! each assembly area in REMOVING CLOGS (page 18) occasionally for clogs.

WARNING: + cleaner from outlet before checking for clogs.

STAIRS

WARNING

Personal Injury Hazard

Use care if canister is placed on stairs. It may fall, causing personal injury or property damage.

CAUTION

Product Damage Hazard

Do not pull on the hose to move the canister from one stair to the next. When handle grip on the canister to move the vacuum cleaner to a new location for further cleaning.

The stair grip located on lower body of the canister will aid in preventing the canister from slipping when used on stairs.

NOTE: Be sure the stair grip has engaged a step and that the canister is balanced securely on stairs before starting to vacuum.

SUGGESTED SWEEPING PATTERN

For best cleaning action, the PowerMate® should be pushed straight away from you and pulled straight back. At the end of each pull stroke, the direction of the PowerMate® should be changed to point into the next section to be cleaned. This pattern should be continued across the carpet with slow, gliding motions.

NOTE: Fast, jerky strokes do not provide complete cleaning.

EDGE CLEANER

Active brush edge cleaners are on both sides of the PowerMate®. Guide either side of the PowerMate® along base-boards or next to furniture to help remove dirt

trapped at carpet edges.

POWERMATE® STORAGE

The lower wand has a U-shaped storage hook at its base that slides into the U-shaped slot on the canister. The storage hook allows the wands and PowerMate® to be stored with the canister to conserve storage space.

The canister must be stored on end for this feature to be used.

The PowerMate® # for storage attachment. Use the handle release pedal to place it in this position. The wand will slip out of the slot as it is lifted up for use and will slide into the slot as it is lowered for

storage.

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ATTACHMENTS

CAUTION

DO NOT attach or remove handle or wands while vacuum cleaner is ON. This could cause sparking and damage the electrical contacts or electronic controls.

ATTACHMENTS ON HANDLE

NOTE: If the PowerMate® is attached, turnfore removing handle from wand.

1.Press wand release button and pull up on handle.

2.Slide attachments needed. See

ATTACHMENT USE TABLE (page 15).

Wand

Release

Handle

Wand

Release

Pet

PowerMate

Crevice

Tool

Dusting

Brush

Fan

Tool

NOTE:

To remove Pet PowerMate, Dusting Brush, and/or Fan Tool, press the wand release button and slide attachment out.

ATTACHMENTS ON WAND

1. To remove wand from PowerMate®, lock wand in straight-up position.

2. Press wand release pedal with foot and pull the wand straight up and out of PowerMate®.

Wand

Release

Pedal

3. Put attachments on wand as needed. All except crevice tool will click into place. See ATTACHMENT USE TABLE (page 15).

Tool

Release

Pet

 

PowerMate

Wand

Crevice

Tool

Dusting

Brush

Fan

Tool

NOTE:

To remove Pet PowerMate, Dusting Brush, and/or Fan Tool, press the tool release button and slide attachment out.

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CROSSOVER BARE FLOOR NOZZLE

WARNING

Electrical Shock Hazard

To reduce the risk of electric shock – DO NOT use on wet surfaces.

+ # PowerMate® for quick transitions from carpet# '

NOTE: Turn vacuum cleaner before removing # brush from PowerMate®.

To remove the # brush, press brush release pedal on the PowerMate®. Lift # brush out of PowerMate®.

FAN TOOL

The fan tool will attach to the handle or wand for overhead cleaning of furniture such as cabinets and shelves.

1. Rotate the fan tool and lock into place.

2. Attach the fan tool to the handle or wand.

WAND (TELESCOPING)

The wand length is adjustable and requires no assembly. To adjust, simply

push on the wand

Wand

Length

length adjust button

Adjust

 

and slide the upper

Button

wand to the desired

 

height.

 

Brush

 

Release

 

Pedal

EASEH

 

B

 

RE R

 

L US

RE

HA

 

LE

ND

LE

 

 

ASE

ADHEIGH

JUSTT

To replace, insert the # brush into the PowerMate® until # brush locks into place.

ADJUST

ES

 

EL AE

EL

DN

AH R

HESAE

SURBLER

WAND LIGHT

This vacuum cleaner is equipped with a

light on the extension wand. The light can

be used for lighting hard to reach

locations. The wand light will operate

only when the vacuum

 

cleaner is in CARPET

 

setting. The light will

 

operate when attached

Wand

or not attached to the

Light

PowerMate®.

 

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CREVICE TOOL

Remove the crevice tool by pulling from

# '

Insert the base of the crevice tool directly into the handle or bottom of wand for

vacuuming in narrow spaces.

To attach the crevice tool to the handle:

1. Place the round end of

the crevice tool

onto the tab on the handle as

shown.

Tab

2. Align the slot on the

# end of crevice tool with the tab on the handle. Tab

3. Press the crevice tool onto the handle until the crevice tool snaps into place.

ATTACHMENT USE TABLE

 

 

 

CLEANING AREA

 

 

 

Between

 

 

Bare

Carpeted

 

ATTACHMENT

 

 

 

Furniture1 Cushions1

Drapes1

Stairs

Floors

Floors/Rugs Walls

Dusting Brush

Crevice Tool

Fan Tool

Floor Brush

PowerMate®

2

Pet PowerMate™ 3

1.Always clean attachments before using on fabrics.

2.3-way % switch should be in HARDFLOOR position.

3.Pet PowerMateattachment instructions are included with the product.

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PERFORMANCE/SAFETY FEATURES

WARNING

Personal Injury Hazard

" cleaner before cleaning the agitator area as agitator may suddenly restart. Failure to do so can result in personal injury.

OVERLOAD PROTECTOR

The PowerMate® has built-in protection against motor and belt damage should the agitator jam. If the agitator slows down or stops, the overload pr PowerMate®. The canister motor will continue to run.

OVERLOAD

PROTECTOR

RESET

To correct problem: T vacuum cleaner, remove obstruction, then

press OVERLOAD PROTECTOR RESET button.

If the PowerMate® motor still does not run after reset, have the unit serviced by a Sears or other " '

ELECTRONIC SUCTION CONTROL

The electronic suction control allows you to change the power of the vacuum cleaner suction motor.

SUCTION

Increase suction

CONTROL

for upholsteries

Increase

Suction

and carpets.

Decrease

Decrease suction

for draperies and

Suction

lightweight rugs.

DIRT SENSOR

The dir # ' When the vacuum cleaner is in use, with the switch in the CARPET position, the blue light on the top of the brush will illuminate to show that dirt is being vacuumed. As long as the light is on, dirt is passing across the sensor to indicate that the surface still needs cleaning.

When the sensor light turns o , the sensor is not seeing enough dirt to warrant further cleaning of that area.

Dirt Sensor

TO CLEAN DIRT SENSOR LENSES

The dirt sensor lenses are located on the

# ' + be cleaned periodically.

1.Remo # rom nozzle.

2.T # own.

3.The two dirt sensor lenses are located on the inside of the opening as shown. Brush each sensor lens several times to remove dust and dirt.

Dirt Sensor

Lenses

CAUTION

Never use water or any cleaning solution when cleaning the lenses. The residue of the water or cleaners will accelerate the recoating of the lenses and make cleaning necessary sooner.

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