Also I'd like to know an idea of what it's likely to cost if I can have it repaired at a repair shop.
And, if I can do it myself, as I'm usually pretty good at such things, would I have to take it completely apart to do so?
Would you be able to provide any guidance on doing it myself?
Any idea of what it should cost for a vacuum repair shop to do this?
I have taken it somewhat apart before, and this particular vacuum was not so easy to put back together. I don't want to do it unless getting it fixed costs more than $40.