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Electrolux Renaissance power nozzle turning on and off, brass pins hot

My Renaissance vacuum recently started to do several strange things. First the power brush began randomly turning on and off while vacuuming, almost like there was a loose connection. At the same time I also could feel warmth through the plastic tube at the point where the hose handle connects with the first rigid tube that goes to the power nozzle. When I separated the handle and tube the brass colored pin was so hot it seriously burned my finger. I took the entire nozzle apart and didn't notice anything wrong, everything is clean and in good shape, motor and brush spinning fine, the brush assembly and belt were replaced about a year ago. I put everything back together but the power nozzle continues to turn on and off at random.

Now, in addition to the power nozzle problem, the entire vacuum will randomly shut off by itself. After turning it back on it will sometimes stay on for several minutes before shutting off again, or it might immediately turn itself off. Sometimes after it turns off, the red light next to the off button will blink (not the bag change light).

The hose is not obstructed. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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  • Dpether Jan 04, 2009

    I have a similar problem. However if I have the power head disconnected and bang on the control (nozzle) handle I can get the unit to shut off. I'm guessing there is a problem, loose connection, in the control handle. Any suggesttions?

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2009

    My Renaissance was turning off after only a minute or two of being turned on. I took it in to the dealer who said it was the electronic circuit board in the power nozzle. Is there anywhere to buy one direct without dealing with the dealer who kept changing his price? I haven't been able to find one online. Does the power nozzle for the Guardian work for the Renaissance?

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    EL8505 brush will only spin at certain handle positions. There are no brush hindrances and the belt is in good conditions. It feels like there is a good vacuum.

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The deal with the Renny is that it runs off of circuit boards. Usually the problem of the main motor shutting on and off is caused by one of the Triac boards located inside the canister. Another problem could be the thermostat wire located on the inside of your motor itself. It's almost never the thermostat, so the triac board is most likely the issue.

As far as your power nozzle goes, the head eminating from the swivel body is in most cases due to an older design of the power nozzle. I would suggest investing in a new elbow assembly that includes a new swivel body as well as newer style of wiring that is proved to reduce arcing and heat production within the power nozzle.

In some cases, fixing the power nozzle will fix the problems you are experienceing with the main motor as the arcing happening in the power nozzle can in fact turn off your machine. So investing in a new elbow assembly for your power nozzle could in fact solve the problem in its entirety.

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