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I agree with the previous poster, every time you run Romba, you have to empty out the dirt compartment, take the beater brushes off and pull the hair, lint and thread off the brushes (if you use a cat or dog brush this works fantastically) and remove the lint that's wrapped around the ends of the beater brushes. Every other time, you need to remove the thread and hair wrapped around the rotating brush (sometimes you need to remove the Phillips head screw holding this on and really clean it out). Finally the rolling ball wheel needs to be popped out using a narrow, small screwdriver and all the stuff trapped in there removed.
Most vacuums have an adjustment at the front so when you go from linoleum floors to thick carpet you can raise or lower them. Try raising or lowering it. Also every vacuum with problems I've ever looked at has needed a serious cleaning. Hair gets caught and wrapped around the wheels, hair gets caught on the "beater" bars and slows down the whole vacuum. Finally string or thread gets caught around everything. My wife does a lot of cross stitch and knitting projects, so I have to dismantle and clean our vacs about once a month. Finally if the air filter is clogged, then air can't pass through it. Change the filter or rinse it out in the sink. You'll breath a little better after you do this too.
I can't tell for sure from the pictures, but there are two possibilities - the drive belt to the brushes broke, or the brush can't turn due to excessive hair wrapped around the shaft. If the belt is OK but the brush does not turn, you should smell burning rubber.
If the belt is broken, you have to remove the bottom plate to expose the brush, remove the brush and the broken belt, and replace the belt, and put it back to gether. While you have the brush out, now would be a good time to clean it - remove the hair, etc from the brush and around the shaft. Good Luck!
The number one cause of brushes not rotating is a broken belt. If you
remove the four screws holding the bottom plate, you'll see a short,
wide rubber belt that goes around the roller.
If this is broken, it's easy to replace. They do break because of age
and wear. One of the leading causes of breakage is when the roller gets
something - a curtain cord, for example - wrapped around it. If you
don't immediately shut off the vacuum & remove the cord, the belt
will continue to try to turn the roller (which can't turn), and this
generates a lot of heat in just a few seconds.
The number two cause of brushes not rotating is, as suggested above,
something jammed & wound around the roller. It's always a good idea
to turn the vacuum over periodically and clean the roller... including
using scissors or a knife to snip & remove wound hairs &
threads. A clean and healthy roller will help to keep your belt happy!
Be sure that there are no fibers wound around the roller or lodged in the wheel well of the brush roller. That is usually the cause of a brush roller not rotating. You might need to use scissors to clip the fibers and then pull them from the roller. The fibers might range from human and pet hair to carpet fibers, threads, string, yarn, embroidery floss. They wind around the roller and eventually "tighten up" so that the rotator will not move. I have found that, depending on my current craft project, I may have quilting thread, knitting yarn, embroidery floss, or other such goodies wrapped around the roller. When our daughters were at home we would have long, beautiful blonde hair tangled in the roller. I hope this helps.
Pull out the 2 pieces on each end (don't be afraid...use a plyer it will eventually come out) - clean it with WD40 (you'll probably find hair wrapped around end pins) .... Spray again w/WD40 or a lubricating grease and put the ends back in (I used a hammer, again don't be afraid - it's metal and I've done it seveal times).
I had this problem with my Roomba Discovery. I ran across your question while searching for an answer. My main symptoms were, Roomba hesitated a lot, and the dust bin did not fill. I had plenty of hair wrapped around the brushes and against the filter.
I just finished taking my Roomba apart. I found the motor drive shaft had a LOT of hair wrapped around it and it had climkbed into my gearbox. I took that apart and cleaned all the hair out of the gearbox. My Roomba is back to normal now, filling the dust bin.
http://www.geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=49876&thid=506980 I am wondering how I Posted by carriespets on Apr 12, 2008
I am wondering how I can clean the inside of my Bissell Spotlifter Powerbrush hand held cleaner. I want to clean the part where you suction up - it is full of gunk and hair and I can't figure out if it comes apart or not so I can clean it. Can you help?
Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. Normally on the Bissell Spotlifter Powerbrush the item will comes apart from the sides into 2 halves and then you can either clean out or blow out the inside of the Bissell Spotlifter Powerbrush, also you can take a wire coat hanger and straighten it out and bend a hook @ the end of the wire hanger and you can use the hook to pull out the clog or whatever is blocking the opening and you can also use a blower or an old tooth brush to clean the motor or to brush it off. Always, check with your local vac dealer. 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.bissell.com/By Phone Customer Service: (800) 237-7691 Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. ET Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET Thanks,Don – The Vac Man Go Ahead.Use Us.