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How to Identify and Fix Common Vacuum Problems ?

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Check the power unit reset button located above the power cord. Pressing the button should restore operation. NOTE: The reset button is located on the upper left-hand side of the unit where the low voltage wires connect to the unit.
Airflow Issues

If the device is clogged, or the dirt cup is full, this may cause the unit to overheat. Unplug the unit and allow it cool, empty the dirt cup and clean the filter.

Hold the Enter button down for 5 seconds, to Reset Power Unit.
If your vacuum cleaner keeps turning off, this could be due to the following reasons: Blockages – check the hose and head for any obstructions. Filter – always check your filters, if these are clogged this could be causing the vacuum cleaner to work harder and lose suction power.
Remove the brushroll and clean all hair, string, and lint from the brushroll bearings. If the vacuum cleaner brush still doesn`t spin after you clean the brushroll, consider replacing the brushroll.
Check that the vacuum cleaner is plugged into a working power outlet and that fuses and breakers don`t need resetting. An activated thermal cut-out due to a blockage is the next most likely cause of the problem. Check for blockages in the hose and filters, and remove any obstructions that you find.
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If your Shark ION Robot R75 vacuum stops moving unexpectedly after a few minutes of normal movement, it may simply have low battery power. Check that the device is powered on and that the battery has a significant charge.
To perform a hard reset, please follow the steps below:

Press and hold Cycle button for 5 seconds. Both blue AND yellow lights are now on. Press and hold Cycle button for 5 seconds. Yellow light turns off, blue light remains lit.

If all you hear from the vacuum unit is a click at the when you try to start the vacuum motor from inside the house, then the motor in the unit is dead and has to be replaced. A strong odor from the shellac, which coats the copper coil windings, is an indicator that the motor is about to or has burnt out.
If your vacuum always trips the breaker, you most likely have an actual electrical problem. Signs that indicate your AFCI breaker is tripping due to an electrical problem include: Frayed cords. If your vacuum cords are old, frayed or deteriorating, it could be producing dangerous electrical arcing.
Locate the Thermal Motor Reset button on the back of the vacuum. Press button and resume vacuuming. If problem continues, contact your Authorized Simplicity Retailer.
Inspecting the Vacuum Commutator for Motor Brush Problems

Test that by turning the motor off and pushing on the center shaft, the armature. If it has any play, besides spinning, then replace the motor. If solid then replace the brushes – motor brush replacement instructions.

If your vacuum cleaner has lost suction power, it`s time to empty the container. Vacuum cleaners come with various foam or mesh filters. These might get clogged over time if not cleaned or replaced properly. This will cause your vacuum to lose suction.
A carbon brush, also known as a motor brush, is the small part of the motor that conducts electrical current between the stationary wires (stator) and the rotating wires (rotor) of a motor or generator. The brush is typically made up of one or more carbon blocks and can come with one or more shunts or terminals.
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.
Problems can occur when overused or clogged filters cause the vacuum motor to overheat. This not only shortens the motor life but causes a loss of suction. In some cases, total motor burn out can occur.
The electric motor is a crucial component of the vacuum cleaner, providing the suction power necessary to effectively clean floors and other surfaces.
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One of the easiest ways to increase vacuum cleaner suction is to empty the dust bag or container. Dust containers need to have enough space for airflow, otherwise, they could get clogged and have less suction power. Regularly check your dust compartment and empty or change it when it`s already 70-80% full.
Sometimes you just need to try the simplest fix; turning the robot off for 20 seconds and back on again. This reset will reconnect the robot to your application and remote control, and the robot should move.
Check that the vacuum cleaner is plugged into a working power outlet and that fuses and breakers don`t need resetting. An activated thermal cut-out due to a blockage is the next most likely cause of the problem. Check for blockages in the hose and filters, and remove any obstructions that you find.

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I have a Eureka Boss Model 411… I need to know where the reset button is for the suction motor. The canister was clogged on the backside, I didn’t see it and the suction motor shut off. I have cleared the obstruction, but don’t know where the reset is for that motor. I know how to reset the brush head motor.
ANSWER : If your vacuum motor overheats, it will stop working. it will start working again once it cools.

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Motor My vacuum cut out as I was using it. After some experimenting I found that the circuit reset had gone off. When I tried a second time while near the motor , there was a flash and again the motor shut off. At this time I am guessing that the motor is faulty. The central vacuuming is approximately 12 years old.
ANSWER : If it tripped the reset again, I would probably agree with you. Check out centralvacuum.com for another motor. They aren’t the cheapest, but they have excellent support. Good Luck!!

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My tank foamed up into the motor and now the rainbow won’t come on. Is there a reset button for the motor somewhere? Will it dry out and reset on its own?
ANSWER : Reset switches are generally for use after a motor has shut off due to overheating. They don’t do any good for resetting a motor that has gotten moisture into it. Moisture in a motor will quickly ruin it. Allowing it to dry out on it’s own will just result in rusting and further damage to the motor. You can take it to a repair shop to see if they can undo the damage, but I think you’ll probably have to replace it.

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Bad Motor I have purchased two of the Kenmore direct drive beltless systems with Progressive systems. The first died after a year, the vacuum motor start making a grinding noies. I pulled the side HEPA filter and could see a fine coating of graphite like dust. Took it to a vacuum repair shop. They said the brushes were going and thus the motor was shot. I liked the vacuum and bought a second, 1 year later the motor is making a slight noise that and removing the HEPA filter I find a slight metall
ANSWER : That dust is from the carbon brushes on the motor. You may need to check them, and also clean out the motor compartment. A slight noise could be a motor bearing starting to go. Does the smell like rubber or electrical. If rubber, then the belt has stretched and needs to replaced. If electrical, then something is causing the motor to run hot, like a clogged filter, or it could be a motor going bad.

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DYson DC07 not sucking properly when in upright mode. I have tried cleaning out pipes etc and even tried an old motor section I had in garage (replaced once under warranty as kept cutting out and they left old motor section here). Even the old motor section had same prob so this suggests its something in the rest of the vacuum cleaner (whats left after you have lifted off the green motor section and dust collection area if you see what I mean? Any advice weclome please.
ANSWER : Blocked filters

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Dyson DC07 Vacume cleaner trips on thermal after 10 min motor not excesive hot resets after 15 min has been doing this for the last 3 mths. Could it be faulty thermal or motor overheat how can I check without changing motor
ANSWER : First, check both filters on that unit. the premotor filter on the side, and the hepa filter underneath the canister. if those filters are clean move through the suction channel and look for a clog or obstruction. also make sure the canister is clean. I have never seen the thermal go bad on those machines (not saying it cant happen though). it sounds like the filters are dirty or you have a clog. its also a good idea to change the pre motor filter if its older than a yr. the foam is fine but the white material behind the foam gets clogged frequently. let me know if you have any other questions and if this doesnt fix the problem.

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I have a Hoover, Steam spin scrub, Model F5897-900.
Only used it a couple times and the motor gave out.
First started being noisy then a bad smell. It did seem
noisier that what I would expect from the start but I
didn’t realize it was a problem with the shaft of the motor.
I took it apart and found the motor shaft wasn’t
true and causing sparks. The motor looks like it can
not be taken apart and repaired. This seems like a default from the beginning but it is past warranty. Also noti
ANSWER : You will have to replace the motor and the hose asm. thehooverstore.com may be able to help, or you should be able to find a repair shop that can order them for you.

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The motor in my Powermate (Kenmore Canister 116.27614700) is whining, high pitched, but still works. A local shop told me the motor is dying (the one in the Powermate that drives the beater bar) and would cost $150 for them to repair. The machine is only 1.5 years old and I paid $300…yikes.

I think I can fix it but don’t understand why the foam gasket that apparently wraps around the motor costs as much as the motor. This is assuming that part 32 (ks747156) is the foam I see glued to my cur

ANSWER : I think you are right! Buy the motor…..use the gasket from the old motor if you can cut it off clean and just glue it on the new one.
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.The connectors are just brass blade connectors which you should be able to get at a Home Depot or Lowes in the electrical section. Or…just cut off the old connector AND use wire nuts to connect them to the new motor *(which assume comes without any kind of connector right?).
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.That should do the job for the cost of a motor…a little glue and two wire nuts. Good call!
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.Good luck and be careful!

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