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My hoover dual v steamvac make loud noise and sparks

The problem happens when i turn the machine on. It smells like burning electrical wires or plastic. The sparks seem to be coming from the motor behind the dirty water reservoir. The machine is 5 years old. Thanks.

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Unfortunately the motor did go out on this machine. the commentator brushes and the armature are burnt and the motor or the machine will have to be replaced

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Be careful. This could be a shorted wire inside where the motor is. If there is sparks , something is exposed and touching. The motor also may be ready to give out. Unless your daring enough to open the whole thing up I would bring it to a shop or replace it.

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

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