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Does the Roomba say anything after it hits something? Mine usually says to reposition it or somesuch message. Mine will run up on a towel left on the floor, get stuck, say to reposition it and then if we don't, he shuts off. The thing with Roombas is they have to be cleaned after one or two runs. I think that's probably your problem. Take the filter compartment off, empty it out, pop the filter off and shake that into the trash. Press the two yellow plastic (on mine) release latches and take the brushes off. Remove the hair, thread and dental floss wrapped around the brushes and caught around the ends. We just added another dog to our house and I have to clean Roomba at least 33% more often now. Get a thin screw driver and insert it in the side to pop out the axle attached to the black and white roller ball. Hair gets trapped in here and the ball can't turn as well. Wipe off the two sensors on either side of this ball.
The belt may look ok but they lose elasticity and should be replaced at least every 6 months to deep clean properly. The beater bar may have debris stuck in the endcaps which keeps them from spinning freely. Depending in what vacuum you have, some have a separate motor which turns the beaterbar. If yours has a separate motor it could be the motor, the switch, the wiring or a variety of other possibilities.
we are a central vacuum service company and we service all of new jersey. sounds like you have a short some where that keeps your unit running or it could be your relay module thats stuck our number is 908-721-7595 its j&j central vacuum services
Sometimes hair and debris get in the end of the rollers and keep them from turning. Also, the bearings can become corroded and stick. Try removing the rollers and check for any debris and remove it. If the bearings are stuck, you can spray some lubricant or WD40 or them and try to free them up. On occasion the belt can come off of the motor. You can turn the unit over and see if the belt is moving over the roller. Good luck and let us know how you made out.
As hooton8 stated i have the electrolux epic 6500 sr. as well and when i attempt to vacuum i turn it on and it turns off after about 3 seconds. new bag nothing stuck in tube. I turned dial to the right all the way. Works when hose is not connected..hose is clear.
Make sure you take off the little cap at the end (the one that spins -- just grab it and pull it straight off) and clean under it too. The rest of the brush may look perfectly clean but what happens is that hair gets stuck under spinning cap and, like a slowly growing washer, it pushes the whole brush toward the gear box. When it gets pushed over enough, the large yellow ring starts to rub against the side of the brush deck making it harder for the motor to turn the brush and you get that "remove and clean brushes" message.