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Need to replace the power cord

I am trying to replace the power cord on my rainbow and I need to know how to get to the wiring. It looks like the top cover should pop off but I don't want to force it until I know that is what I need to do.

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  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    Yup, use a small screw driver to push the tabs down that hold the plastic windows on. As said above, pry them off (but carefully).There are three screws on each side; remove those and the top comes off. The power cord that comes with the rainbow is very thin and I'd recommend upgrading to 14-2, which is what I've done. You can get appliance cord from Home Depot or Lowes for fairly cheap. Buy a two-prong plug...and your good.
    Also, while you have the top off, you may want to check your motor filter and perhaps clean it. It should look like a circular automotive filter; in this case it can be washed clean. If it has platic feet on the bottom, you'll need to replace this with an newer version as this type is defective and will shorten the life of your motor (it happened to me).
    FYI: I rebuilt my E-series from ground up...and it runs better than ever.

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Pry out the clear plastic covering the Fins going around the body
Surprise no fins in there but there are some screws

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This one does not have the tabs to depress as but has two screws in that area still doesn’t see how to get to the filter. Also I need instructions to replace power cord; On the E series single speed.


Hello,
I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. On the Rainbow E Series there really is no actual filter – the water is the filter for this particular vacuum. Before you remove the separator under the motor, place a newspaper or towel under the Rainbow without the water pan under the vacuum and then turn it on for a short period of time and spin the water moisture out of the motor and separator; then some of the maintenance is to remove the separator under the motor and clean that and then replace it. As far as replacing the cord there are screws under the Rainbow that need removal and then you can get to the end of the cord for replacement. The easiest way is to mark your wires and the cord will be much easier to replace otherwise check the owner’s manual for cord replacement or check with your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or to cal the cust serv @ the Rainbow factory for questions.

The Rainbow / RexAir Factory phone number is listed below:
http://rainbowvacuum.com Customer Service
1-248-643-7222 Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST

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