Question about Vacuums
Usually a general cleaning and minor maintenance is all that's necessary to repair a vacuum. Here's how you do it:
With it unplugged, flip the offending machine beater bar up. Remove the base plate and check that the beater bar still has the belt on it. Rotate the beater bar and feel for resistance. On some models, hair and debris tends to wrap around the beater bar and the beater bar bearings. Carefully remove the beater bar. The bar rides in sockets in the vacuum frame, so make mental note as to how it comes out, making reassembly much easier later. With the bar out, remove any hair, etc built up on the ends. Now is also the perfect time to inspect the vacuum cavity behind the beater bar.....this is where they usually plug up. Inspect the belt, and run your fingers along the inside of the belt. If a belt has become stuck it will erode a groove across the belt. Check it also for cracks, etc. Anything less than a great looking belt should be replaced. They also stretch over time, so if your's is old.....
With your fingers, spin the motor shaft, where the belt rides on it. It should turn freely, and continue to turn after you let go. If the motor works OK, and you like the condition of the belt (or have replaced it), reassemble the machine in reverse order.
Hope this was all you needed. Feel free to rate this answer.
Best regards, --W/D--
Posted on Jul 24, 2009
Sounds like it broke a belt. They do smell awful.
Posted on Jul 24, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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