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Power head has power but motor won't run

I started the vacuum yesterday and it sounded a bit off. So I checked the power head, it was running but sounded almost plugged. I shut it off and checked it; the belt was fine and the bar was turning. I turned it on and it still sounded odd so I hit the stop button on top of the power head and now it won't run at all. The red light is on but the power head itself doesn't run. I've turned it off, undone all the electrical plug ins and replugged them in but it's a no go. What on earth did I do wrong??:(

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  • catinthehat4 Dec 10, 2008

    Thank you. I took it apart and was able to turn the belt but didn't take out the brush. I did get it going again but it's just not itself. You may be right about the motor....Thanks again, though. This is an awesome site!!

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Circuit brealer switch may be bad, but the fact that Rainbow nozzle made this strange sound makes me think that it may have happened because there is something wrong with the motor.

While unplugged - remove the brush and belt. Try turning brush ends - see if they yurn easily... Try turning the motor shaft - see if it turns and if it does - if it turns smoothly and if makes any strange sounds...

To really test the motor you can just bypass the circuit breaker switch.

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