Vacuums\015 The vacuum cleaner won’t pick up dust or dirt into the filter, the belt section works and spins it is the suction. Any idea how to fix please?\015
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Just six months after the warranty expired, I was vacuuming when it suddenly stopped. There was no blockage in the tube and it wasn’t working hard or long . . . it just stopped.
I looked around the Internet and it appeared that many similar Electrolux units have a fuse. I hoped my problem might just be a blown fuse, so I took the machine apart.
There are two small printed circuit boards, but no fuse. There is an in-line
.I don’t think you need a new motor, but please stop testing the machine with live power. It’s dangerous and unnecessary. Your tests indicate to me that the motor is fine and your thermal-fuse – I think this is what you referred to as “thermatrol” is blown. I assume you used an ohm-meter to test the continuity across the brushes? If so, and the reading was 0 ohms accross the brushes, then your motor is fine. Also, the 120v reading at the motor terminals with the power on shows that you are getting power to the motor. The reason there is no continuity at the motor terminals is because this circuit is routed through the “thermatrol”. If the thermatrol is open-circuit, i.e. blown there will be no continuity here.
.If you need parts, I can probably help you find a supplier, but let’s establish which parts need replacing first! Please confirm the resistance readings from the brushes and we’ll go from there, but no more live testing please, particularly the 120v A/C direct to the motor from the wall socket!
Replacement isn’t too difficult if you’re comfortable with hand tools and have some patience. Hope this helps and good luck on the repair!
If you push the switch down and there is no audible “click” you Likely need the rocker itself, especially if you tip the vac upside down and shake it and hear a piece rattling inside or find a broken narrow plastic finger about 1/2″ inch long when opened.
However if it clicks and works every 3-5 times,the rocker is fine and you will need the spring mechanism and switch button which you can see form outside.
To remove either the process is the same.
Separate the body by opening the bag cage and pulling the two bumpers forward with a set of pliers. They are locking keys. Once removed, the rear housing will drop off allowing the vac to hinge open back to front. Do this with the vac laying upside down and observe the hinge section of the front bag door .DO NOT REMOVE THE MOTOR. You will need to clip all these componnets back together to reassemble and slide the bag chamber back to seat against the motor with the motor housing engage in the ribbing of the vac side walls.
With the vac open you will only need to remove the spring loaded bag lockout switch and the bag housing it sits on, not the motor or rewind..
Once removed there will be 6 chrome philips screws visible. These hold the top trim on the front of the vac and the front ones hold the on off switch into its housing. At the very front will be two screws going through a black or whitish switch housing. That housing will lift out with wires attached to reveal the switch rocker, etc,. This portion will lift back and out at about 45 degrees of the inner housing, as a unit. The switch button sits atop the rocker via two end tabs and will pop off the housing to reveal if the rocker itself has a broken “finger” or if the button has a weak spring.
The suspect spring is not the coil rocker spring but the thin U shaped spring on the underside of the switch button. Remove the rocker spring with a pair of needle nose pliers.and examine the rocker comparing to your new one.Use more vaseline on the new rocker and if you have it reinsert the clear flex plastic into the coil spring. If not disregard.
Re-installation is the reverse order, tuck switch back in at 45 degrees from back to front.
Pay special attention the the rubber seal at the back of the bag cage.
If anything is misaligned in this body you will fight to reassemble. Don’t fight it , back up and look at your work. When and ONLY when it is perfect it will realign and click together like a lego set and the keys will slide in perfectly
You can and should test the vac before reassembling the whole body, simpley slide your hand under neath and activate the switch, with a bag inside the vac.
See now, wasn’t that EASY???????
Please post back to advise how you make out. Its a 7 minute process worth $25 for a good tech. A bad tech will spend half a day trying to figure this one out but just go slow and follow the instructions and you will do fine.
.If the motor dosen’t start, the cheepest way to start is to buy a new switch and install yourself. Just make sure where the wires go. The single terminal is to the front and the two terminals to the rear. The black wire goes to the front single terminal, the red wire goes to the far back terminal and the blue wire goes to the front back terminal. The suction motor should come on first and then the power nozzel. If not in that sequence,reverse the blue and red wires.
.If that fails, take it to the Aerus/Electrolux shop.