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Kirby is smoking?

Hi, Ive just been delivered a Kirby G, purchased online, and upon giving it quick test run (20 seconds) smoke started pouring out of the top. The manual was not included, so I have no idea what is wrong, how to go about fixing it etc. All help appreciated. Thanks!

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Send it back

It smokes & has no manual

You don't want either situation

It is defective,obviously

Posted on May 12, 2014

  • Tahli Swain
    Tahli Swain May 12, 2014

    So I googled possible problems and it said the belt at the front would be the cause. I checked it, all was connected properly.. so I (possibly stupidly) turned it back and the motor caught on fire. Clearly been sold a defective machine. Sigh

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sounds about right you should change that type of belt every six months to a year regardless if its broken or not. one other thing you should do is make sure the brush roll itself isn't bound up it should spin freely if not you can pull the plastic ends off the roller to clean any hair or thread out .

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I don't believe there are any service manuals online, as Kirby has service centers around the country. There are 3 things in the power string--on/off foot switch, the power cord, and the power assembly that the cord plugs into underneath the bag in the main part of the body. One of the problems the G3 had was where the cord plugged into the body--the assembly was a very thin plastic piece supporting the 2-prong electrical connection. This plastic piece was known for breaking, and was actually recalled back in the 90's. You can take the cord connection off and look to see if that piece is broken, then you'll have to take it in, or buy a "switch" as it's called on ebay or somewhere and replace.

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First thing , make sure that the roller brush is turning freely.. should spin like a top.. free and easy, if not that is the problem
the bearing on the ends are seized up and it isnt turning and you belt is turning on the motor shaft, thus causing the smoke and burning
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Try my troubleshooting guide...

http://reviews.ebay.com/COMMON-PROBLEMS-WITH-THE-KIRBY-VACUUM-TROUBLESHOOTING_W0QQugidZ10000000003800312

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any electrical unit that smokes,is ,not worth repairing

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