Kenmore 31912 Progressive Direct Drive Bagged Upright Vacuum\015 My kenmore progressive with direct drive vacuum cleaner makes a high pitched whine when it is on. It still has suction, but not as good as originally. This machine is about 8 years old. It is the purple machine. It doesn’t appear to be clogged.\015

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What should I do? If your vacuum cleaner whistles, this is usually a sign that your device can`t suck in sufficient air. Often, it`s the dust container or bag that`s full. Check these first and exchange them if necessary.
One of the most common reasons for your shark vacuum (and most vacuums for that matter) making a loud suction noise is because there is a blockage. They`re a very common issue, and easily fixed. Blockages occur when there is a large enough build up of dirt or dust that it blocks the air flow to the vacuum.
It`s caused by a worn-out motor belt. The burning smell can also be as a result of the rubber belt burning due to the loss of elasticity. All in all, the belt is worn out and needs replacement. To fix the burning smell problem in a vacuum cleaner, you will have to replace the motor belt.
If your machine is making a whistling noise, this indicates that there is a blockage or a damaged or missing seal. Remove the hose from the hose inlet on the front of the machine. Place your hand over the hose inlet and test the suction.
Noise Level

Handheld vacuums aren`t as loud either, coming in at around 60-70 decibels. Upright Shark vacuums, however, can be as loud as 70-80 decibels since they have powerful motors.

A high pitch whistle could indicate a seal is damaged or the machine is blocked. If the noise occurs without the Wand and Cleaner head, it is likely to be caused by either the bin or cyclone.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, certain models of the Bissell Multi-Surface Wet Dry Vacuum are being recalled because the battery pack can overheat, start smoking, and poses a fire hazard.
Wash the hose – dust and dirt particles get stuck in the hose and decay over time, causing your vacuum to smell.
A high pitch whistle could indicate a seal is damaged or the machine is blocked. If the noise occurs without the Wand and Cleaner head, it is likely to be caused by either the bin or cyclone.

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High pitch My Hoover fusion vacuum cleaner began making a high pitch sound that makes it very annoying to vacuum. I cleaned all the things I could clean. I even cut out all the hair that was entangled in the brushes. Any idea what is causing the sound. It sounds like an siren is going off.
ANSWER : The Hoover Fusion has design flaws in the motor, including a metal plate that is too thin to contain the forces acting on the motor, particularly the constant strong tension from the drive belt, and a plastic plate that is attached to the metal plate by two screws that gradually loosen over time. Assuming the filters and canister are clean, a high-pitched noise coming from the motor indicates it is about to fail as a result of these problems. You can replace the motor after it fails, but the problem will eventually occur again. For those very mechanically inclined, when the motor first starts making the high-pitched noise, you can dismantle it and tighten all screws.

The vacuum is making a noise like something is stuck when it is in the carpet position but not when in the floor position. I can’t find anything that is stuck in the areas that I can see. I have cleaned the brush but it does not seem to want to turn. Does this machine need to be oiled so the roller will turn? Is there a way to check inside the motor? Do you think that because the brush won’t turn that is making the noise? Do you know of any repair shops in the Lake Havasu City, Arizona area?
ANSWER : As far as the roller brush goes, yes, it does need to be cleaned. Follow the directions to remove it and clean as best you can of all debris. On both ends of the roller brush there will be two “holders” of sort that connect the brush to the frame of the vacuum. These need to be able to turn freely around the brush. Clean them as best you can and spray some WD40 in between the roller and both the holders. Work the holders around by hand to be sure they move freely..I would also check to see if your belts are snug..
.Please let me know if this does not help solve your problems..Paul

I have a hoover steamvac model # F5915-900 and the brushes are not turning when I turn the selector from off to low or high. I’ve checked to make sure the brushes are locked in place and they turn manually with no resistance. What else can i do?
ANSWER : (1) Remove the brush assembly by pulling/unlatching it from base on each side.
.(2) Does one of the brushes have the drive pin present? It should be about ¼ inch square, and two inches long. It attaches the brushes to the drive mechanism.
.(3) Remove and clean the intake filter. One the base of the cleaner, behind the brushes, squeeze the two red abs together and pull the panel down to access the screen. Clean the hair/debris off the screen and reassemble.

Infinity Vaccum by Shark, model number NV31COS, will not start. The vacuum was running just fine until it grabbed the edge of a curtain. Turned it off to release the suction. Turned it back on and was working fine. About a minute later the vacuum was making an odd noise. Every 2 seconds or so it would “heave” (lack of a better word) then go away, then come back and so on. Turned the vacuum off and checked for blockage, none that could be seen or felt, and now the vacuum won’t turn. Any suggestio
ANSWER : Carpet brush won’t turn when vac on

My dyson turns on but when i push it to vacuum it makes this awful sound like something got sucked up and caught. i turn it off and turn it over and nothing is stuck. My husband even looked at it and he thinks it’s the belt. The belt doesn’t turn as loose. Please help.
ANSWER : If yours is one of the DC07 models that has a clutch (there’s a knob you can turn, close to the front on the right side – right as you look from behind, that is). Sometimes this problem is cured by simply turning that knob from one extreme to the other a few times. If that doesn’t help, the clutch may need replacing..
.It may also be that the bearings at the ends of the brush bar are worn or dry. That can make a terrible noise (although most people call it squealing). Remove the brush bar, pull the bearings off both ends (one at a time, so you know which is which) and clear any entangled hair from the spindle. When you’re sure it’s clean, use just the smallest drop of oil or grease and reassemble. If the bearings are badly worn, that solution won’t last long (if at all) and you’ll have to get a new brush bar..
.I hope this helps. Any further questions, just post a reply here and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Samsung sc8442 vacuum – has lost its suction and makes a meduim to high pitched humming noise if turn up above halfway on the suction. this also makes the red light come on. I’ve cleaned the filter and checked around a bit but cannot find out why it’s doing it…?
ANSWER : There are several filters. when you take the dust box out, you need to clean this filter as well

The brushes on the Hoover All Terrain Steamvac won’t turn. However, when I try to turn them manually they will turn. So, why won’t they turn when the machine is turned on?
ANSWER : Some vaccums have a belt on the brushes. might need a new one if it does have the belt

ANSWER : The impeller fan is broken.needs to be replaced