Why does my cordless Dyson only work for 3 minutes?

Dyson DC 59 vacuum
Dyson DC 59

I love my cordless Dyson DC 59 which I bought 3 years ago. It’s lightweight, convenient and has great attachments. But recently I have not loved it.

Every time I used it, it would work for three minutes and then cut out, the flashing orange button telling me it needed charging.

This couldn’t be right. It is charged all day so what was going on.

Very simple ( and I feel very stupid that I had not realised). On the head of the vacuum is a large circular button that says MAX. This was lit up in blue every time I held the trigger down. It shouldn’t be. This is the boost button for when you need extra power. Keeping this button operational all the time depletes the battery (obvious) and makes the motor very hot!

Power boosted when blue light on max on cordless Dyson.
Power boosted when blue light on max.

All I had to do was push this button in for a second, when holding down the trigger, and the blue light went out. Normal power was resumed and vacuuming now lasts at least 15 minutes.

Normal power with no blue light showing on cordless Dyson.
Normal power with no blue light showing.

Thank you Beth at livingwithbeth.com. Her site alerted me to the problem and she has some other top tips relating to the Dyson.

Happy vacuuming!

24 thoughts on “Why does my cordless Dyson only work for 3 minutes?

  1. Thank you so very much for posting this problem and your easy fix! It worked for me too! I was getting so frustrated and lost the book that went with it so didn’t know what to do.

  2. Thanks so much, easiest fix as they say. Was going to take it to Repair shop – saved me some money. Thanks ever so. X

  3. V6absolute stick only 2 years old
    Fully charged……Works for 30 seconds and then cuts out. The battery feels hot and the amber light has come on.
    Recharged and then cuts out again.
    All filters are clean.
    Help!! The

    • My cordless vacum is fully charged but when i put it on its lasting a couple of seconds & cutting out what could be the problem

      • Dear Susan
        I’m sure you have checked the obvious things like the head (making sure there is nothing trapped)and no hair or thread wrapped around the beater. If nothing is working then you might need a new battery. This doesn’t have to be a Dyson one. I bought one online and it worked brilliantly. Good luck.

  4. was gonna chuck mine in the skip untill i read this, i thought the max button was to tell it was needing the filter clean as it was working for around 10 seconds before cutting out, pressed the max button in and its all good again , happy chappy now, thank you for the much needed information………..

  5. My dyson 6 still flashes blue and only runs for a few seconds. It is fully charged and I have plugged it in again to reset it. Pressed the MAX button to take it off that setting and it still does not help. What could I be doing wrong…

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