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Rainbow SE vacuum cleaner has no power

We bought our Rainbow SE vacuum ten years ago. We only used it twice the first year that we bought it. Unfortunately the power nozzle and the bottom plate were not working well. We had them replaced because they were still under warranty, but our representatives never gave us the replacement parts. As a result, the vacuum was just sitting in our house for the last ten or more years.

Today, we decided to take it out for a clean on the windows and furniture; however, the power is not on. As we already turned the on/off switch to on, we heard nothing. There is no power.

Does anyone know what's wrong with it? If we are to repair it, how much would it cost?

Thank you
Rainbow just stopped running. Acts like no power. Electrical plugs are fine

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If it doesn't have any power then its an issue with the power board of your rainbow vacuum or the motor. You'll need to disassemble the vacuum to look for any loose connections or burnt components. If everything inside the vacuum looks fine then check for input power coming to the vacuum and to the control board. If the power is there then the motor has gone bad else the control board is faulty and you'll need to replace it. You can buy the parts for your Rainbow Vacuum from this link---

Rainbow SE vacuum cleaner Parts link 1


Rainbow SE vacuum cleaner Parts link 2


Please do accept this solution and revert for further assistance.

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Invert the vacuum cleaner without the water tray installed. With the machine unplugged, give the separator a spin clockwise. If it spins easily, this is a good sign. If the bearings are good on an SE, you should hear the faintest of rapid clicking sounds as you spin the motor. This is the sound of the brushes as the commutator segments pass under them. The brushes on SEs will sometimes hang up and not make proper contact; they are too precise a fit in their holders and the carbon dust they generate plus a tiny bit of moisture will cause them not to extend as they wear. When this happens, the brush tension spring overheats, relaxes, and it's time for new brushes and a service. Anyway, if you determine that the motor is turning smoothly (resistance or binding indicates bad bearings), install the water tray dry, plug the vac in, switch on, and give it a couple of bi__ch slaps with the palm of your hand on the side of the vac near the top. This can sometimes free up a stuck brush but the effect is likely not to last. It will, however, give indication of whether the machine might run or not after a fairly cheap repair (under 100 dollars).

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