The Dirt Devil Versa Cordless 3-in-1 stick vacuum is a versatile vacuum cleaner designed with the multi-floor capability to clean anywhere. This detachable hand vacuum makes cleaning quick and life a tad easier for customers. Due to smart features, the upright broom is highly appreciated by customers across the world.

However, over its course of time, the Dirt Devil can get clogged with dirt and limit the machine’s ability to accumulate dirt. To get rid of the contaminants, you need to get inside the machine and disassemble it following a straightforward procedure that requires some basic household tools only.

In this post, we have discussed how to take apart a Dirt Devil Vacuum cleaner without stressing yourself too much. Please note that the steps provided below are meant for the upright units designed by Dirt Devil. Now, let’s get into details without delaying any further.

Brief About Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner

The Dirt Devil upright vacuum cleaner was designed to provide 16V power and versatile cleaning capacity for multiple floors. The detachable hand vac works great for picking up dust from hard-to-reach areas and above-floor cleaning. The lightweight and powerful stick vac lets you clean anywhere and wrap up the cleaning with the help of an empty dirt cup.

Dirt Devil Featherlite Bagged Upright Vacuum houses a 10 amp motor that gives you plenty of cleaning power. It weighs less than 10 pounds, making the cleaning process feel like breeze. The bagless version comes with a quick rinse HEPA filter, an On-Demand cleaning wand, and a lot of other features at a reasonable price.

Dirt Devil had a humble beginning in a Cleveland backyard garage and soon it became a popular brand in North America. The company has gone through various owner changes and transformations until they came to be known as Dirt Devil. Their upright Dirt devil models are made of powerful Dirtlock Technology that collects dirt conveniently.

Step-by-Step Guide On How to Take Apart a Dirt Devil Cleaner

To disassemble the vacuum cleaner, you will need one basic tool and that is the screwdriver and nothing else. With just this one tool and no requirement of expert technical knowledge, you can easily take apart the vacuum cleaner completely, so let’s get ahead with the steps:

#1. Pull Out External Battery

While this step’s procedure may vary slightly depending on the type of upright Dirt Devil model you have, you will first need to remove the power supply. Most of the models come with an external battery that is also referred to as a power brick located at the sides. So, just remove the external battery and keep it aside for the time being.

#2. Disconnecting the Handle

This is probably the main step in taking apart the vacuum cleaner and it can get really messy. So, we suggest that you cover the floor area with a rug before removing the handle. Keep the vacuum cleaner on the sides so that the attachment faces upwards. Now, turn the collar counterclockwise and remove the handle.

#3. Unscrew Sections

Next, turn the handle until you see a screw and here use the screwdriver or any good quality screwdriver to take out the screw. Keep the screw in a safe place so that it does not get lost. We suggest that you use a small container for storing the screws temporarily. After removing the screws, take the two sections apart by pulling them gently in opposite direction.

#4. Release the canister

You will find a special button in every dirt devil and it is meant to release the dirt cup. To do this, you need to hold the canister in one hand and push the button using another hand. This will help the dirt cup come out easily.  You can now pull out the canister and empty all contents into a garbage can. After you have cleared the cup, rinse it well with water until it’s properly clean.

#5. Remove Metal Plate

To take out the metal plate, you must set the vacuum cleaner on the floor with its head facing upwards. Now, take the screwdriver and remove sections on both sides of the roll. Once the screws are safely removed, store them in a safe place. After the head of the screw is undone, remove the metal plate from the bristles.

#6. Pull the Brush Head

Next, you will need to pull out the brush head completely by removing the screws on the frame. Again, store the screws properly so that you don’t lose it when you need to reassemble the unit. You may now take apart the section and proceed with the cleaning process. Also, remember to let the components air dry completely before putting the Dirt Devil vacuum back again.

Trouble Shooting Any Issues

Dirt Devil offers good customer support and care system to help you manage any issues and troubleshoot any problems that might arise. There are a few issues that may not require professional help and get sorted at your end. Here are a few things worth noting.

Vacuum does not turn on

If the vacuum stopped while working, check to see if the unit is overheated. If yes, wait for at least 15-20 minutes for it to cool down. Unplug the unit from the power outlet and plug it in. If the vacuum starts operating, there’s probably some kind of obstruction within the system that stops the adequate airflow causing it to overheat.

When the unit turns on but does not operate, this means the main vacuum unit is not working properly. It indicates there’s some problem in the valves or wring within the coach. We suggest that you immediately replace the wire connection.

When vacuum runs but you can’t shut it down

Check to see if the relay is damaged or stuck in a closed position. Tap on it lightly using a screwdriver handle and then release the contacts. This works in most cases, but if it does not then you will need to replace the relay.

Vacuum runs but there’s no suction power

At times the hose connection may come off, resulting in loss of suction power. So, check all the hose connections to fix this problem. Sometimes the vacuum runs but the suction power is low, and probable causes may be leaks, clogs, crimped, twisted or pinched hoses

Unit turns on, shuts off by itself

This happens when the screws attaching the valve to the wall ate either too loose or over tightened. When it’s over tightened, the valve comes caved in so the door does not seal well. The system still turns on but the unit shuts off as the vacuum closes the door.


Taking apart a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner is not as tough as it seems at the first glance. Although it may seem slightly more complicated than the other brands, almost anyone can easily get the job done. We strongly recommend that you read the user manual thoroughly and check the many videos available online or on the company’s website before taking apart the unit.

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