I purchased a used, but seemingly pretty new, good condition dust buster. However, whenever I turn it on to use it, it lets off this horrible smell! I looked to see if the filter could be cleaned, and it doesn't look like it can. Are there new filters you can buy? Any suggestions?
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a burning smell is usually an indication that the belt is slipping. It may just be worn out or the brush and or bearings may be bound up with hair. Remove the brush cover, some are on top other on the bottom, and look for anything wrapped around the brush. Also look at the belt where it goes around the drive spindle, if you see small black specks the belt needs to be replaced. Check the brush fro free movement, if it dosen't spin easly the bearings may need cleaning.
The problem is that you have is that hair,strings,etc has gotten wrapped around the beater bar of the vacuum and it is trying to slow down the motor but the motor will not slow down so the smell you smell is the belt burning up because it is slippling and creating smoke and smell
You will need to remove the beater bar from the bottom of the machine and clean the hair,strings,etc from around the bearings on each end of the beater bar.
Also check your filter bag, check the hose going to the vacuum if you have one for blockages, and once you have the beater bar off check your belt condition and look for blockages going to the bag.
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I know what you mean! My B&D dust buster used to do this too. The hi power boost means that it can only be used for a limited amount of time. Due to the age of the dust buster though its a sign that the battery is on its way out and regardless of whether or how long its been used or not used, batteries can lose power regardless.
Try to let the dust buster completely lose power and then charge it up for its initial burn in period of 14 hours. Also clean the connection metal strips or hole with a dry cotton bud incase there's any static or dust. Then see if it lasts longer. If the turbo mode or speed 2 is still short, then the battery is dying out.
I don't know where you are but in the UK its hard to get battery replacements for B&D products. You could check your local seller where you are if they have battery replacements but at the cost of current dustbusters it may make more economic sense to consider buying a new dustbuster.
If this thing has a fast-spinning belt in the "head" of the unit, you are smelling the dust that is being collected in the back of the little drive "chamber" and is being heated up by the motor and the friction of the belt. This is a pretty common thing on vacuum cleaners designed like the Oreck. If it is huge bunnies of dust, well then that means there is a leak somewhere...
Hi! Highly unlikely that you need a new motor. Highly likely that you need new carbon brushes. The smell is caused by excessive sparking between the worn brushes and the copper commutator segments. Most carbon brushes (and from memory I suspect this includes Henry's) have a copper wire buried in their last few millimeters, and you really need to change them before that becomes exposed. The longer you run it like this, the more likely you are to damage the commutator, so change them sooner rather than later. When you change the brushes, you can smooth off the commutator with very fine abrasive paper (the objective is to smooth it, not scratch it!), and then blow all the dust away (or **** it away if you have another vac, of course).
Incidentally, you don't say if you are using a paper bag in your Henry. Some people, because the top-hat filter is so good, try to manage without a bag. This is false economy! You should always use a bag.
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http://geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=0&thid=859375 Generic problem for all Vacuums DUST BUSTER 7.2 POWER LASTS FOR Posted by bettedxx on July 31, 2008 DUST BUSTER 7.2 -- POWER LASTS FOR UNDER ONE MINUTE?? Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. The problem that people have with dustbusters is that when they 1st get them they need to say train the dustbusters to extend the battery life, the process is simple – when you 1st buy the dustbuster then you charge it up the 1st time and then you turn it on and drain the battery down to nothing, and then recharge the dustbusters again, and by doing that you have a larger battery life and it will run longer – but dustbuster and vacuums like that do not tell you and when people buy the item they just turn it on for a minute or two and then the battery does not get a “memory” as per how long it should run. By doing this the dustbuster will last and run longer and will have fewer problems. So if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions. Thanks, Don the Vac Man Go Ahead. Use Us.
This could be a motor problem. There is always a slight blue arcing that occurs when an electrical motor runs and can be visible through the exhaust vent, but any excessive arcing indicates a problem. If the carbon brushes are sticking, this will cause excessive arcing and can be corrected by an experience service person, but if there is any electrical failure, the motor would have to be replaced. There are no parts available for these motors and the expense of replacing an armature (the likely culprit) would be more than the motor. This could also be as simple as a worn belt, but usually, belts will not produce the smell your describing. When a motor is burning out, it will produce an acrid odor that will linger for a long time.