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Hoover empower Hi! My vacuum is only 5 months old - it started smelling like something was hot/burning and usually I get that smell when the belt breaks so I checked the belt and it is fine. Im not sure what to do next -- any suggestions? Maurine

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Don't ignore your instincts. If you think it smells like a scorching belt, you're probably right. Check that the pulley the belt is meant to spin is free to turn. If it isn't, find out why and then sort that out. A.

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