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Brush doesn't turn, and hard to push on carpet...

Worked fine up to a couple days ago... of course I really need it right now with flea season upon us...

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Hiyas, have you checked underneath take off the brush base cover and see if the brush belt has snapped to the side of the brush bar, if so you can get a replacement easy enough at most electrical retail stores, take the make and model number with you ;) it will be hard to push with the brushes not spinning, try raising the setting in the meantime until you can replace a new belt

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