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Re: Oreck Commercial XL 21
Check that the beater bar is completely clear of thread, this will bring the brush roll back to normal. Also check the sides of the brush roll doesn't have anything such as thread or thick string at the sides.
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Kevin, you can replace them anytime that you need to. One way to tell if it needs to be replaced is, if when you run the vacuum and the brush will stop when it makes contact with the carpet, it is time to replace. If you are wondering because the vacuum no longer pulls itself across the floor like it used to, that might be a belt problem as well, but could also be a brush problem. If you take the bottom cover off and look at the bearing blocks at each end of the roller, you will see one side that has several "hash" marks and the opposite side will only have one. When you take the cover off, if you see several hash marks, rotate the bearing block at both ends until you see only one and re-install the brush and change your belt. When you see several marks that means it has been in there since the brush was new. The single mark side will actually lower the brush closer to the floor and will allow the vacuum to pick up better. If you only see one mark when you take the cover off, you might have to replace the brush roller to get good pick up. Hope this helps!
sometimes the little rubber wheels in front wear out of round and bind. Try those first (if they're the tiny ones you must buy a pack of 20 from oreck directly) and Orecks are known for being hard to push when bag begins to fill up.
There is a small drive belt that turns the wheal that may need replacing open the drive belt compartment and replace like the brush belt. Turn the vacuum upside down to take out the screws it helps keep things in place.
It might be that the beater brush is spinning when you tip it up to look at it but slight pressure of it contacting the floor is enough to stop it.
If it were my machine I would remove the beater brush and clean it as best I could, paying particular attention to the end pieces on the brush that hold it in place. A little WD40 between the end pieces and some twisting to be sure it worked in well.
I would then reassemble with a new belt being sure it is on correctly so it turns the brush in the proper direction.
That is about the least expensive thing(s) you can do at this point before going further.
I have one more potential cause, but it is best to check these first.
Please let me know how you make out.
uh, probably not sure what the issue is, but
1. unplug unit.
2. Remove the multiple screws from the bottom of the unit.
3. remove the bottom baseplate (usually black)
4. the brush roll is now visible, and the belt should be around it.
5. Pull the brush roll away from the unit, and disengage the belt.
6. Replace in the opposite order. Make sure that baseplate fits properly to insure a good seal. Also watch the bumper (rubber part that is wrapped around the unit) to make sure it is properly seated.
7. Handroll the roller brush before plugging in. Make sure it moves freely.
8. Run unit, may get a slight burning smell, but if this continues for more than a minute - turn off and inspect the unit. Brush roll requires a short burn in time, on initial build, factory accomplishes this during test procedures.
Hi, I see your post is from May. I just joined Fixya this month so, id you're still looking for a solution, I would saythe belt broken or is so stretched the roller isn't spinning. Here is an link to an online guide with illustrations for changing belt. Also check the roller brushes for wear and change if necessary. Hope this helps.
http://geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=19810&thid=703827 Oreck XL Classic posted by balis on Jun 24, 2008 The belt is on properly, however the brush will spin, then stop. Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. Oreck XL Classic.It sounds like the belt may be stretched out and my needs replacing. The average belt change is every 4 to 6 months and to store the extra belts in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator. Also check the brushroll, the gray bearing ends with say on either side the words NEW or OLD and both ends need to be identical – new/new and old/old NOT new/old, if the belt and the brushroll are OK then it may be the motor but I don’t think so. So if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions. http://www.oreck.com/Customer Service1-800-989-3535 Monday thru Friday Hours are: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm CST Saturday and Sunday Hours Are; 8:00 am to 4:30 pm CST Thanks, Don the Vac Man Go Ahead. Use Us.