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Water in the power head

I was vacuuming carpet and dumped over the canister unit. I immediately up righted the unit and shut it off. I noticed a small amount of water on the carper, retrieved a towel to clean it up. When I picked up the power head to continue my chores, water had puddled on the carper where the power head rested. I noticed water in power head. I am afraid to use unit now. How should I proceed?

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Make sure machine is un plugged. Open up the power head that you are worried about and put some uncooked rice inside then close it back up, wait a few hours (or day if you want more reassurance). The rice will soak up any moisture trapped underneath anything or stuck in corners etc. Re-open use a cotton que-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean the inside, electric boards and all, large surface areas that are not electrical could be cleansed in a less tedious way. Close it up again then try plugging in and turning it on. Watch for and smell for any burning signs, if you see or smell any turn it off and unplug it immediately. That is how to dry and clean any electrical device. Hope this solves the problem.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014

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    4Help Mar 24, 2014

    Quick note: if your cell phone ever gets to wet to work, I have seen this method work for cell phones without opening the phone up, just put it in a sealed zip-lock type bag with the uncooked rice. It will suck the moisture right out of the phone.

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    4Help Mar 24, 2014

    Also do not worry about drying the rubbing alcohol it will evaporate quickly.

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It is at the back side of it, behind that rectangular cover, where the exhaust cover is. It either snaps off with two plastic tabs on the bottom of it, or has two screws on the bottom of it, and two screws behind the cord holder taps thing. If it is that kind, the cord holder tabs thing, snaps off with a flat head screw driver on either side of it. You will see the little slots on it, if it is the kind with the screws on the filter cover. Two screws behind the cord holder tabs thing, towards the top of the filter cover, and two on the bottom of the filter cover.

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