ntp71 wrote:it turns out the wire broke off...I'm going to bring it to work and see if I can solder it back on..
Go for it. It might last a good long time. I worked for a while doing maintenance at a hotel. They had a dozen or more upright vacuum cleaners...I can't remember the brand, they were red.... anyway, every single one of them died after 14 to 18 months. Of course the warranty was a year. Every single one had the same problem, a broken wire coming off the motor. It was a 20 minute repair. Open it, solder a short loop of wire to give it some slack and put it back together. Not one failed in that manner again.