I have had this vacumn for several months with no problems. About a month ago it started shutting itself off after only about 5 mins of use and will not turn back on for 30 mins. or longer. Thinking it was something I was doing to cause this I checked the plug in, emptied the cannister (there was barely anything in it), wiggled the cord, checked the hoses, even disassembled the entire vacumn, cleaned everything, checked the belt, and reassembled it. Started vacumning and - once again!! - shut off within 2 or 3 minutes!! I've been trying to find a solution and, in doing so, see that there are MANY more with exactly the same issue. I had, originally, wanted to purchase another brand of vacumn but my husband bought this one. Sorry Hoover, but, it seems, you may have contributed in the selling of a rival companies product.