Hoover U5432-900 WindTunnel Plus Bagged Upright Vacuum\015 My vacuum started to smell hot, then the belt broke. The belt didn’t even look worn out at all. It sort of looks like it got stuck and melted in one spot. My belt was a 38523-033, but I couldn’t find that one. The store had Style 160 for Hoover Windtunnels, so I bought that one. It is a little bit shorter, but I was able to put it on. But, when I used the vacuum, it still smells hot. It is picking up fine. I didn’t continue using it because I didn’t want another belt to break. Do you know what may be causing this smell, like hot rubber?\015
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The vacuum filter will stop all the fine particulates and dust from getting into the inner workings of your vacuum, but can also store a lot of the odour causing material. We advise replacing your vacuum filter every 6 months to maintain performance and to prevent those smells.
Sometimes the belt may be the root cause as it is made with rubber and because it circulates the brushes, it picks up dirt, hair and food, which clogs the entire belt mechanism. It is easy to detect a burning plastic kind of smell.
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.Perhaps your cyclones are clogged as well. You can find steps to disassemble and clean your cyclone, pretty easy actually. Only 6 parts inside there and they only go together one way so you can’t screw it up. Search google for dc14 cyclone disassembly and you’ll probably find the video. I just did my DC17 and it took about an hour total to take apart, clean and then reassemble. You can also take the opportunity to wash all the parts and disinfect with a mild water bleach solution. That’ll help with the smell. .
.I am betting though that your post motor and premotor filters are the blame for the smell..
.I bought my DC 17 from some lady who used it to clean her cat’s litter boxes. Cyclones were totally clogged after only 6 months. What do you expect from poop and wet kitty litter. She said it was junk and bought a $1500 Kirby in it’s place. She’s gonna have some new and interesting smells with that machine sucking up wet kitty litter.
.What are the first 4 digits of your serial number? this would be the month and year of mfr. even without a receipt, a warranty service shop should be able to assist you.
like it should just leaves the house smelling like ive had a fire. Any advice on how to fix will be greatly appreciated.
then check around and under the belt and likely there is debris wrapped around it.
the post is getting hot as your pulling too much of a load.
though if it continues the motor may have a bad set of motor brushes (inside the motor) or bad wiring (kinda unlikely).
.Anyway, it would probably be cheaper (and a LOT lees frustrating) to buy a new vacuum than it would be to try to repair that one. Even IF you could find the parts necessary, they would probably cost nearly as much as a new vacuum.
.In the meantime, I would not plug it into the wall anymore unless you would REALLY like to see how long it takes the fire department to get there to resuscitate an electric shock victim and put the fire out. 🙂