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Where is the manual switch reset located for the thermal overload . the motor has no external buttons do I need to take the plastic cover off a picture would be great .

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It depends on what brand and model you have

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usually caused from being plugged, so first find the plug and clear it. The motor has an automatic reset, should restart after about 30 minutes, if it continues to shut off, there is still a plug.

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This is not really expert advise but I have a vaccuum with hepa filters and if the filters get dirty My vaccuum acts like your what you are describing.

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Eureka Airspeed Unlimited Pet Vacuum need to find reset button. Looked around & near motor & cannot find. Please help me find?

Ivan say for sure without knowing your model number but it most likely does not have a reset button. Most have a thermal reset belt into he motor because it's cheaper than putting on a reset button.

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How To Replace The Thermal Overload Switch on Hoover Windtunnel Uprights

All Hoover Windtunnels have a safety feature that will shut down the motor if it starts getting to hot, which prevents the motor from burning out. Usually after this switch trips itself you just need to let the machine cool down for 30-45 minutes and it should come back on. Sometimes even after clearing a clog, or replacing the filters and bags, the vacuum will continue to cut off. If you're absolutely sure that there's no obstructions, or other things that are causing the motor to overheat, then the thermal reset switch itself may have gone bad. Usually you can tell when the switch is bad by feeling the motor cover immediately after the machine shuts off. If it's warm or hot to the touch, this indicates there is something still stuck in the machine. If it's not hot, this means usually the thermal switch itself has gone bad.

Here's how you can replace this switch. Again, it's very important to check all other possible fixes before attempting this repair.

What you'll need to do this repair:
  1. Phillips Head Screwdriver
  2. T20 Torx Bit Screwdriver
  3. Hoover Windtunnel Thermal Reset Switch (this varies from model to model, please contact us to find out which exact one your model uses)

Use a countertop or work bench, and turn the vacuum cleaner upside down so that the handle is resting on the floor, and the brushes are facing upwards. Unscrew the four screws on the corner of the bottom plate that covers the brush roller:

Remove the bottom plate, then pull the roller brush and belts out of your machine. There are 3 screws that hold the top brush cover in place that need to be removed. On the right side the screw is down below the transmission to the right. There's also a screw in the agitator tray, in the middle that needs to be removed. NOTE: This small screw in the agitator tray is only present on some models, may or may not have this little screw, but all models will have all other screws circled. I have circled both screws that need to be removed:
The screws on the left side that need to be removed are also circled. One screw holds the upper brush cover on, and the other two screws secure the hose in place. Remove all three screws as well as the transparent hose cover:

After all of these screws have been removed, there are two clips that are the last things holding the top brush cover onto the vacuum. Use a flat head screwdriver to push these clips off on both the left and right sides. The right side clip is near the pulley that the flat belt rides on, and the left side clip is next to the internal hose.

After popping these two clips out, put the machine on top of the table or work bench, and remove the top agitator housing. You'll see on both sides of the vacuum, two metal brackets that have two black screws. These brackets actually secure the agitator housing to the upright part. All four screws need to be removed from the machine.

After removing the 2 brackets from the machine, you'll now to need to release the self-propelled cable from the agitator housing. Unscrew the 2 screws that are circled (in red), then use your Torx T20 Screwdriver and remove the washer and screw from the actuator arm on the transmission (circled in green)

You will now be able to completely remove the agitator housing (the plastic housing that roller brush fits into) from the rest of the vacuum cleaner. It's best at this time to remove the door that covers the vacuum cleaner, as well as removing the bag itself. Next, remove the two silver screws that hold the headlight lens in place, and remove the lens:

After the headlight cover has been removed, you'll now have access to the light bulb. Unscrew the black screw that secures the headlight. Now you'll need to remove the motor cover to get inside the motor compartment. There are 5 long screws that hold this cover down, two of these are underneath of the plastic piece directly above the headlight (on some models, the dirt finder controls that turn red and green when the floor is clean):

If your model has an "Embedded Dirt Finder" control, carefully turn the plastic housing over so that the circuit board inside is facing you. You can see at the top of the circuit board housing two plastic clips. Simply pull these two clips back with your hands, and release the circuit board from the plastic housing.
There are two wire harnesses that connect onto
this circuit board that need to be removed also. The larger terminal that has the black and white wires has a simply clip that you press, and pull out, the smaller blue and white wire terminal just simply pulls off without having to press a clip.

After removing the circuit board, you'll see a foam part where the headlight, and the two wire harness from the circuit board go into the motor housing. Simply use a pair of needle nose plyers and pull upwards on this foam part to remove it:

Now you can remove the motor cover, and get direct access to your motor. The thermal reset switch is located on the orange wire, right before it connects into the motor terminal. I have highlighted the actual thermal switch in the picture below.

I found that it's much easier to splice the new orange wire to the old wire as opposed to opening up the entire rear of the vacuum to get access to the other end of the orange wire. Cut the existing wire where I have marked it with an X in the picture of above, and use a simple Wire Nut to attach the new orange wire to the old one.

After splicing the two orange wires together, simply re-install the motor cover over top of the motor. Now plug the machine in and let it run for 15-20 minutes while the machine is still apart, just to ensure that the new thermal switch corrected your problem. If the machine did not cut off while testing it, great! Simply put the machine back together and you'll be back to vacuuming.

I really hope that this repair tip was helpful. Due to the complexity of this repair, and the length of time it takes, most vacuum repair shops will charge a lot of money to do this. Hopefully with this guide, you'll be able to complete this repair on your own.

If there's a step that you don't fully understand, or if you have any follow up questions, please don't hesitate to use the comment field, or the clarification request, and I'll be happy to answer any questions for you.

If you need to obtain any of these parts for your vacuum cleaner, please visit our website. Here's a link to most of the Hoover Windtunnel parts that we sell online. If you need something that's not listed, feel free to give us a call or use our online live help chat.
Hoover Windtunnel Parts & Accessories

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Thank you,

Chris Jones

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Where is the thermal reset button

Riccar uses an external thermal reset which is more reliable than most brands which use a thermal reset built into the motor. On your Riccar it will be on the back on the bottom left. It is a little tiny button that you epwill hear "click" when you push on it if it has been popped. If not it will not push in and you won't hear the click. The older models did not all have a reset button. If you have to keep pushing the reset it means that most likely you have a clog somewhere or the bag is full. It's rare but occasionally a thermal reset button may go bad and need replaced.

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Why wont the reset button depress on riccar 8955 or turn on after trying

The reset button does not have a significant amount of movement in response to pressing to with a paper clip or ball point pen. If the vacuum does not start upon pressing the button, then either the thermal protection circuit is not why the vacuum stopped in the first place or the reason the thermal protection circuit tripped has not been cleared. Quoting from the manual

"Your Riccar vacuum cleaner comes equipped with a Manual Reset Thermal Fuse Protector. This thermal protector is designed to protect your vacuum cleaner from overheating due to a restriction in airflow (i.e. clogged hose, operating the vacuum without a bag). Should this situation occur, the thermal fuse protector will safely shut off the vacuum cleaner to avoid any potential damage. NOTE: To determine it was the thermal fuse protector that turned off your vacuum
cleaner, please refer to the vacuum cleaner's headlight. If the headlight is on while the motor is off, then the thermal fuse protector did safely shut down the motor. If both the headlight and motor are off, then there is some reason other than the thermal protector (i.e. pulled plug) your vacuum is off.
To reset the thermal fuse:
. Unplug the vacuum cleaner

  1. Check for problem - over-filled bag, clog in hose, clogged filters, etc.
  2. Correct problem
  3. Locate "tripped" fuse - the small white button located on the bottom of the back side of the main body (roughly one inch to the right of the left wheel)
  4. Using a pencil, paper clip or other pointed object, push the reset button in
  5. Plug vacuum cleaner in and resume use"

Mar 08, 2015 | Riccar 8955 Upright Vacuum

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How do i replace dc17 thermal switch. i have

I don't believe there is an external thermal reset. It is most likely built into the motor.

Oct 22, 2013 | Dyson Vacuums

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On the piece that covers the brushbar and motor (the clear plastic piece that has the dyson logo), it looks like a small plastic ridge that holds the cap for the brushbar snapped off. Would too much...

In theory, yes. If the brushbar isn't held firmly, then the belt isn't running smoothly which puts more strain on the motor. This can cause the motor to get hot very quickly which will trip the thermal overload protection.

After it switches off, do you have to wait several minutes before it will turn back on?

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Brush won't turn

The Agitator Overload switch is located on the top of the base assembly. Unplug the vacuum and press the reset button. The vacuum also has thermal protection, which will reset itself once the vacuum cools. The agitator will also stop when the vacuum is in the full upright position.
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Roller motor on a DC17 dyson wont turn on

there is a reset button under the cover that houses the on/off switches. remove the handle/wand and look on the back (where the top of the hose sits) for 2 screws (its a torx/star head screw size t10 i believe). remove them and locate 4 small locking tabs that hold the switch cover to the frame of the vacuum. Depress them and pop the cover off (2 towards the top and 2 towards the bottom). Youll see 3 switches (2 square red buttons and one small cylindrical shaped one). Push the small red one (the one to the left if my memory serves me right). you should hear a click. if you do than the switch is reset. if not check all connections to all 3 switches. if you see nothing loose or not connected, you may need a new brushbar motor. try it

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Electrolux 2100 hot motor light came on because hose was plugged

The thermal switch should reset itself after it has cooled. If it still won't restart after a while longer, put a a new bag in the machine and turn the machine off and back on. The only other things that should keep it from running other than the thermal overload, is the bag being full or the bag not being present. Either of these faults would need to be corrected and then the machine switched off and back on to clear them. I hope this helps. Good Luck!!

Jan 03, 2009 | Electrolux Epic 6500 Vacuum

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Fantom Cyclone XT Vacuum Cleaner

Here is the owners manual which goes over some troubleshooting problems.

At first I would think it was the thermal overload, which is covered in the manual. But I would guess that you have let it sit for 30 minutes to cool down and tried again and the vacuum still didn't work.
I would think you may have one of four problems.
1. Your thermal overload was tripped and is stuck and will need replaced.
2. You have a clog in your vacuum lines or the brush roller is froze, which keeps causing the thermal overload to trip.
3. Your power cord has a short, which would need replaced.
4. Your power switch is bad, which would need replaced.
Out of these 4 possible problems I would say the only one you could fix on your own would be problem #2. Make sure the vacuum is unplugged and take the brush roller off and clean it, make sure it moves free. Check your vacuum lines to make sure you do not have a clog, other wise the motor does not get air flow to cool it down causing the thermal overload to trip. As for problem 1, 3, and 4 I would suggest taking it to a repair shop.
Hope this helps, post back.

Jul 11, 2008 | Fantom Vacums XT450K Upright Vacuum

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