I have the vacuum apart and the retractor apparatus has the spring/coil very tightly wound around the large cylindrical center, but there is a small er round plastic piece nearby. Does the coil wrap around it too? If so, how much of the coil should be around the smaller one? By the way to spin the center piece is very difficult.
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You can hope that the retractor spring has not broken. If you can open the cover you will see it at the back. The spring is a long flat wire wrapped around the center. You can pick the entire unit up and wind the wire until tight and then reinsert the unit being sure to slip the square into the slots on both sides. Do not let the wire unwind until it is safely in the slot. Replace cover. If the wire is broken go to centralvacuumestores.com the have lots of parts. order a new one and install in the same manner above
Hi to do this you will have to somehow find a service manual, this will give detailed instructions on why and how. I have searched for one however i was unable to find any. Perhaps a direct plea to the manufacturer may help?
In any event, usually the is NO "Fixing" of the retractor, most often, the mount at the rear attachment of the coiled spring, brakes and this stops it retracting.
The fix is to replace the entire recoiler assembly. This is pretty simple job, if one can obtain the parts.
However my professional advise is to take it to a vacuum repair shop, (NB: Only take it to a repair shop that deals in YOUR brand) and ask for a "Quote" for the repair, I am sure it will be modest indeed. You see this is just such a common thing that they fix all the time.
You need to take apart the reel. The cord is wound over itself and kinked. Be careful taking apart because if it gets away from you, you will have to wind the spring by hand and it is difficult to do and frustrating.Good luck
The return is stuck on your cord retractor. Take the machine apart untill you can see the retractor, then there is a button or wire that retracts the cord. If it is stuck in the down possition simply reset it, if it is broke you must replace the complete cord retractor.
if it is anything like an electrolux there is a coiled spring inside that free wheels around a hub. pulling the cord too far out makes the spring slip on the free spinning hub. you may need to take apart the vac and rewind the spring.
Most times you will have to replace the cord rewind. Sometimes just the cord, but usually there is a problem with thr reel contacts. But now that the spring has unwound, you will have to replace it. You will need model number rather then Red Star.
The trim pieces along the sides just pull off seperating the two housings. The back portion where the retract drum is is held by two plastic tangs on top inside. use a screwdriver to pry the ring down to dislodge the tangs. the bottom part will lift off. remove the front part using two screws just below the hinge. the retract has a long coil spring wound around a free spinning hub.
there are two "tangs" inside that engage a ratchet-pawl assembly. you'll need to rotate the drum to rewind the spring onto its hub.