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I have a 10 year old AirVac central vacuum system that has worked until this morning. As I was using it this morning, and turned it off for about five minutes it would not start again. The tank in the garage (that accepts the dust) sounds like it is just huming not working. What is wrong?

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Sounds like the motor finally siezed on you. Motor is trying to turn but won't thus the hum. Do not allow the vacuum to stay on like this as it may cause a fire. Requires a motor replacement.

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