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My vacuum kenmore canister smells

My vacuum when used on the carpet makes a burnt smell. And when I use on the floor no smell. What could it be? I've cleaned all the rollers and changed filters and bags. THanks in advance.

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Re: my vacuum kenmore canister smells

My guess would be a slightly loose belt - tight enough to spin the roller on a hard floor, but loose enough to slip (then get hot and stink) when the roller is having to work against the pile of a carpet. Worth buying and fitting a new belt without pausing to investigate further, simply because they're so cheap and you'll have to replace it sooner or later anyway. A.

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This could be a few things:

A. If your model has a floor selector switch (Bare floor/tools - Carpet) your clutch could be worn. (there is a rubber clutch pad between your cam and roller shell) - Fix would be to replace the clutch pad and belt.

B. If you don't have one of the above models, your belt could be stretched. The belt slipping could cause a rubber burning smell. Fix - Change belt.

C. Have you got any new carpet you are vacuuming or have you moved? Some of the newer style frieze carpets can cause burning rubber smell. The fibers of the carpet are longer and cause the brush to slow down causing the belt to burn. (Imagine brushing long hair with a thick brush, the hair easily gets tangled in the brush, same effect with this carpet.) Some of the newer rugs can do this as well. Some newer carpets with the thicker felt backing and/or the "pet padding" under the carpet can too. it doesn't allow enough air to flow through causing the cleaner head to seal itself to the carpet causing a burning smell. The fix is Move to another home, replace your carpets or replace your vacuum. The vacuum is the cheaper option but be cautious as most vacuums now do this with these carpets. We have had really good response from customers using the Simplicity Tandem Air models, (Synchrony and Synergy models.)

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at sears there is a bag fresh lemon scent tab that you can load inside your vacuum,

also at vacuum shops there is a product called "Featherlite Carpet and Vacuum Freshener" - it works very well and a little bit goes a very long ways.

I will comment that on the back of the package it claims "for extra freshness use each time you vacuum" This stuff is so strong that I would not advise using it like that. just put about a half cup of the particles on the floor and **** them up with your hose.

I bet your smell will be drastically improved.

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Never heard of this odor but if you have had it in both vacs it might have something to do with a disintegrating rubber backing on a carpet.
Arm and Hammer makes a baking soda based vac powder that will help eliminate some odors.
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Economically, you should just get a new one instead of replacing the whole system guts

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if it smells like burnt plastic it is something wrong with the motor part, but if it is a wet dog,burnt hair gross kinda smell it cool change the bag and buy deoderizer tablet to put under bag kinda like a airfreshener. if it dont work like it used too not picken up like should something wrong

hope that helps,

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