I need to disassemble the cleaner to access the motor
Have been given a Miele S5210 which is fine on lower speeds, but smells an odd smell at higher speeds. There is a lot of what looks like decorating dust internally. Where are the hidden screws please - any ideas welcome!
Re: I need to disassemble the cleaner to access the motor
Took me forever to find it but it is in the very bottom. You have to open the top where the attachments are stored. In the back in front of the power on\off button down at the very bottom is a tiny screw.
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If dirt or other debris collect around the armature of the motor the stator will no longer communicate and turn. Usually the brushes wear down and need replacement also. Once you replace the brushes and clean the interior of the motor housing, the motor should start up again. AS long as there is no smell, the motor parts are still in tact. You will also need to replace the belt from the motor spindle to the brush.
The only thing that might save it is to disassemble it, preferably outside, to get access to the entire path from intake to collector and clean that path with something that will neutralize the stench without harming the machine. I used this technique on an upright and had to scrub and flush every part with scented household cleaner. After it was dry, I started it and let it inhale a good dose of Lysol.
Anytime that you smell that electrical burning smell on a vacuum cleaner, this is the motor going bad. There are two distinctive burning smells in fixing vacuum cleaners, the electrical burning smell which is the motor, and a rubber burning smell which is the belt.
The bagless vacuums cleaners in general, their motors last usually no more then 3-5 years. The motor in bagless vacuums work much harder then the motors in their bagged counterparts.
The motors in Eureka vacuums can range in price from $70-$120. If you can provide me with the exact model number on your vacuum cleaner (can be found on the bottom or the back of the machine on the sticker that also contains the serial number) I will be able to get you the part number, and price of the motor that's used in your vacuum.
It may be worth considering to just get a new vacuum cleaner at this point. If you'd like me to give you a personalized recommendation specifically for your unique cleaning needs, I'd be honored to do so. Please just let me know what types of floors you have mostly in the home and I'll be happy to share my knowledge of vacuum cleaners.
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The burning smell may be the motor that's on its way out. Vacuuming with a blocked pipe or sucking up liquids may cause the motor to burn prematurely. The motors arent very expensive, but on the small vacuum cleaners it is sometimes more cost effective to go for a cheap second hand vacuum than to fix it. Depends on if the guy that fixed it is trustworthy, but i can guarantee you the secondhand machine will not have a lifelong guarantee on it. ask for prices on the motor and decide which you can afford.
You've got a 7 year motor warranty. Take it back to your dealer and have the motor replaced, unless you've been running it without filters or you've been using generic bags, which would have voided your motor warranty.
This is actually very rare: I've only ever seen one miele motor break that wasn't water related or related to negligence.