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Sparks from the Kirby Motor

Hi,

My cleaning guy plugged my 110V Kirby G4 into 220V outlet... (it was purchased in the US, but now I am in Israel using 220V via a transformer, but forgot to brief the new cleaning guy)

It obviously filled the house with a burnt smell...

Surprisingly, the Kirby motor still works and rotates, but there are a lot of sparks coming out from the carbon brushes and the commutator.

I managed to disassemble most of the Kirby. I cleaned the brushes and the commutator, but the sparks continue. I suspect the armature isolation is damaged.


1. Do you think this may be the problem?
2. How come it continues to rotate?
3. Do I need to replace the armature?

Thanks,
Ofer

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1. Do you think this may be the problem?
YES

2. How come it continues to rotate?
Motor armature consists of multiple coils and just some of them burned so even though it keeps spinning it does not function properly.

3. Do I need to replace the armature?
We have switch replacement instructions HERE and they will take you as far as accessing the motor. We do not have motor assembly instructions yet but if you get that far - motor is not that hard to reassemble. You may have to spend some time getting tolerance ring back in and make sure you install finger spring properly.

Good Luck

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