Miele S185 Powerhouse Bagged Upright Vacuum

How to Identify and Fix Common Vacuum Problems ?

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The most common problem with a vacuum cleaner is also the easiest to remedy: clogs in the hose or attachments. Also the electrical cord, motor, switch, fan, brushes, and motor bearings can all need repair or replacement. The drive belt may need replacing; and the attachments, hoses, and filters may need unclogging.
The most common problem with a vacuum cleaner is also the easiest to remedy: clogs in the hose or attachments. Also the electrical cord, motor, switch, fan, brushes, and motor bearings can all need repair or replacement. The drive belt may need replacing; and the attachments, hoses, and filters may need unclogging.
The brush roll or its bearings may be clogged with hair, threads or dirt. Make sure they are clean and the roll spins. The belt may also have slipped because it was loose. Check the fit of the new belt when it is installed.
The bag is reusable. It needs better instructions though. For instance, it`s washable but if you put it in the machine you`ll ruin it as the plastic part is fragile. It clogs with dust so every other use or so you do need to wash it to keep your suction and other filters from clogging.
With average use, a Miele vacuum cleaner bag should last for around three months. However, this can vary depending on your home and how often you vacuum. If you have a large home or wall-to-wall carpets, budget to replace your bag every month.
Cleaning your vacuum after every use

For bagless vacuum cleaners, empty the dust bin, and clean the cleaning head and brush rollers. You can remove tangled hair and threads from the roller head with scissors. If the floor head has a brush roller, you can usually remove it for easy cleaning.

A vacuum cleaner`s brush roller also called the beater bar assists in cleaning your carpets and depending on your vacuum model, a variety of floors. The brush roller is usually located under the vacuum cleaner and some in the attachment tool.
Therefore, we recommend that you clean your vacuum seal bags well after each use. Here is a step by step guide to how to do it best and what with: First, pour in some commercial dishwashing liquid and warm water and gently swirl around the bag. Then clean the bag with a suitable sponge or brush.
Yes. Just cut off the existing seal, remove as much food as you need, then re-vacuum seal. Be sure to wipe off any food or grease residue inside the FoodSaver® bag near the seal area. You can also re-seal FoodSaver® Bags after you have washed them.
Neglect your vacuum filter bags, and you`ll swiftly lose suction power. This, in turn, places unnecessary strain on your vacuum`s motor. Eventually, your vacuum will become a lot more difficult to maneuver, not to mention less effective at cleaning your rugs, carpeting, or other surfaces.
Durability & Warranty – If you`re looking for a vacuum cleaner with durability and longevity, look no further than Miele. Miele vacuum cleaners are designed and tested to last for 20 years. Miele vacuum cleaners come with a 7-year warranty on the motor and a 1-year warranty on parts and labor.
Check for a plugged hose:

Plugged vacuum hoses are sometimes the reason for a loss in suction. Hoses can get clogged with hair, dust bunnies, string, or anything else that can`t pass through the other end of the hose. Airways inside the machine should be looked at as well. Wherever there is an air passage, check it.

Clear the brush roll of any hair and debris and inspect by placing it on its end and spin. The brush should spin freely. If it doesn`t spin; it may be time to replace.
If your vacuum has a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA filter), you`ll know it`s time to replace it when the indication strip turns red. According to Miele owner manuals, this equates to about once a year.
A senior test project leader stated that one of his top tips for lengthening a vacuum`s lifespan is “Don`t let the bag or bin get filled to the brim, which can clog the machine.” In addition to the extra work, dust escaping from a reused bag tends to go right back into the motor, causing damage.
Suction power is low

A telltale sign that the bag is full is if your vacuum cleaner`s suction power is not as powerful. If you`re noticing dirt and debris left behind despite running the vacuum over a few times, it`s time to switch out your bag.

If the grease or active charcoal filter of your ventilation hood(s) is saturated, the red LED indicator will light up. Your filter should then be cleaned or replaced as soon as possible.
Typically users get about 50-60 hours of use from the filter before they need to replace it. Every new Miele filter and vacuum cleaner now comes with this Timestrip. To activate the Timestrip, simply push/crush the small green button, and when the bar is full red, it`s time to replace.
Miele`s vacuum bags should last you between two and three months. Combining the powerful suction of Miele`s bagged vacuum cleaners and a host of effective attachments, you`ll notice a huge difference in your cleaning abilities.
A full vacuum bag can also cause the motor to overheat and eventually fail, resulting in costly repair expenses or the replacement of a new vacuum. If you are using an upright vac with a belt-driven system, a full bag will increase the amount of force required to spin the brushroll, which can damage the belt.
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Don`t throw it away, and never use your vacuum without a filter in place. Step 3: Purchase the correct HEPA or Charcoal filter for your machine.
Yes, most hair is okay, but don`t use your vacuum for large amounts of hair at once. Long hair can get tangled around the brush roll and clog up your vacuum. Sweep up large piles of hair (such as after a big DIY haircut) before going in with your vacuum.
Most vacuum makers recommend cleaning or replacing filters at set intervals—and those intervals vary wildly. Tineco, for example, recommends cleaning the filters on its stick vacuums after every few uses, while Miele says you need to change its vacuum filters only after every fourth bag change.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

the most relevant questions and answers related to your specific issue

Hi my proheat bissell 7901 stopped pumping water to the floor, but it pumps water from the hand hose. I read the manual and followed how to check belt and the flat belt on right side of shampooer is fine and I turned on and it turns and so do the brushes at the bottom of the machine. I was reading online and I guess there’s two belts on this machine? where can I find the other belt to see if it needs replacing. I guess it’s a ribbed belt? that is the water pump belt?
ANSWER : Just taken ours apart with the same problem… found it was caused by the 2 halves of the main casing coming apart in the area where the upright pedal release is. I found this to be due to the upper casing having broken in 2 places – the bottom of the screw wells..This means that the water tank cannot exert sufficient pressure on the valve to release the water..Only solution is a new top cover assembly

I’m using (or WAS using) a Eureka ”the boss” model 8803. The belt broke, no biggie, so I replaced it with a Eureka model U belt, the problem is when I put the new belt on and turn on the vaccuum, the belt breaks again. I am also having trouble getting the brush roller to fit right when the belt is in place. I can’t find any sharp edges that would cut the belt,nor can I find where any small bits may have broken. Anyone have a solution for me?
ANSWER : First, make sure you have the right belt, second, i am thinking that you are not lineing the roller up right, it will only fit one way. look at the ends of the roller and the grooves where it slides in, you should be able to see clearly how it goes.

Windtunnel belt I have a new Hoover Windtunnel canister. The belt keeps coming off. It happened a couple weeks ago (several times after putting the belt back on) so I assumed I might need a new belt as it might have dried out at the store. I ordered new belts and today I used it for about an hour and the belt came off again, twice. There doesn’t seem to be anything to hold the belt on the stem as it seems to slip off. I have tried it centered, to the left and to the right….can you help. I am v
ANSWER : I’ve successfully used a compatible belt – Royal 104425001 .It’s still new, but for the time being at least – it works.

The original belt on my upright Kenmore Progressive broke and I replaced it with the spare that was in the vacuum. The vacuum and spare belt are about 10 years old. Then the spare broke after one vacuuming session and there was a burning smell coming from the vacuum. I ordered new belts and replaced it with the new belt. It seems to be working fine with no smell. I checked the belt after I vacuumed the family room and although it was in tact, the belt was very hot. Is that normal? Should t
ANSWER : The belt heats up due to the friction, as well as being in contact with the shaft of a hot motor. It is normal.

Hoover WindTunnel Self-Propelled V Belt
ANSWER : I had this same problem with the V belt on my Hoover Vaccuum..
.There are three (3) basic things that will cause the brush roll not to spin..
.1. When handle is upright, brush roll is OFF..2. When switch is set for HARD surface, brush roll is OFF..3. Broken/worn FLAT belt or V Belt, brush roll will not spin.
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.I noticed that the brush roll was not spinning when my vacuum was set for CARPET. After removing the cover I noticed that the V belt was loose, I thought the belt was worn so I purchased a correct replacement belt and installed it, but the new belt was also loose and when I turned the large flat belt pulley it did not turn the V belt pulley at the same time..
.I double checked the surface setting and I had the vacuum switch set for carpet, but still when I released the handle out of the upright position the brush roll would still not spin..
.My aggravation finally led me to this posting on FixYa’s website..
.The first thing I did was checked the screw to the left of the V belt as suggested by ejmjr5 and this did nothing to solve the problem or create more tension on the V belt, even when the upright handle was not in the upright position..
.After playing around with the surface setting control switch/nob I notice that when I moved the switch out of the HARD surface setting and over to CARPET, I had thought that the switch was set for CARPET as it visually appeared, but I was not pushing the switch over hard enough to click it into the CARPET setting mode..
.VOILA, the brush roll now spins correctly even though the V belt seams to be too loose for the pulley..
.You really have to force the switch into the CARPET setting. Be sure that you hear the switch/nob click into place..
.Now you can effectively clean up after that hangover of a party!.
.Burp!

We had to take the machine apart just to see that the belt had broken after only 5 use’s . We can not see how we are ever going to put the new belt back on. do you have instructions on how to take the belt off and how to put a new one on? Please send me one.
ANSWER : I have a Panasonic MC-V5746 upright vacuum. According to the booklet,
.MAKE SURE UNIT IS UNPLUGGED.
.1. Place carpet-bare floor selector in “carpet” position.
.2. Remove lower plate (there are two screws in the middle of the lower plate), and a pair of locking tabs located near the wheels that you push toward the wheels.
.3. Carefully pull agitator brush up and out and clean it.
.4. Look new belt around the motor shaft (I had to turn the belt edgewise to get it back in there). On my unit, there are two shafts. Put it around the one furthest back and don’t worry if it doesn’t touch the other one.
.5. Pull the other end of the belt and loop it around the “brush pulley” which is the narrow track on one end of the brush.
.6. reinstall agitator back into nozzle housing grooves.
.7. Turn the brush by hand to make sure it moves smoothly and isn’t pinched or twisted.
.8. Reinstall lower plate.

My older Dyson DC14 (the purple one) early model with a clutch on the beater bar belt needs a clutch replacement. The bar has been cleaned and there are no worn or damaged parts so I conclude that the clutch at the motor end of the belt needs to be replaced. I can find the part online but no instructions on how to disassemble the vacuum to get to and replace it. Dysons only advice is to give me the address and phone of the nearest service center. Can you help me?
ANSWER : Have a look at www.dysonmedic.com which has some very useful info on dismantling and repairing Dysons.
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.Although this site doesnt actually cover the DC14 yet, the DC14 is very similar to the DC07 so as regards dissassembling the machine, and replacing the clutch, my experience is that the DC07 info will enable you to do the job.

Replace the belt on a Eureka contour model 2900 upright vaccum. I just want to see a picture of the way it comes apart. It a almost new and just needs the belt replaced.
ANSWER : I have listed below a link to the owners manual for your model and a link where you can purchase the belt you need. Hope it helps you!

Eureka Contour 2900 Owner’s Guide

Eureka Contour 2900 Belt