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Re: Machine wont turn on
Either the motor is fried or the belt is burnt. If you can't hear it turn on, then check for any fuses that could have blown. They will be glass tube type. If fuse is good, motor or power supply could be bad. You can test them with voltmeter.
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That is the smell of perhaps burning insulation when there is excessive current going into motor. If something in unit is binding the motor will not spin fast enough, generate less back emf, use more current, overheat and burn out!!!!!!!!!!!
If it has a drive belt and that is rubbing up against something and not turning properly that will also cause the smell.
Do not use unit in this condition -you risk permanent damage.
Replace the Roller Brush. Sounds like bearing in it is locking up and the the belt is slipping and not turning the Roller Brush as it has a locked up bearing. You will need to go ahead and get a replacement belt just in case you have stretched the older belt to a bigger size. I had this same experience with a Hoover and it solved my problems of "rubber burnt smell".
you need to change belt on brush and also check for locked up bearings on brush roller and or debris lodged between brush and guard dislodge if need be or replace bearings on brush roller if they are bad
Easy to fix. The burning rubber smell is hair in the roller against the belt! Congrats, you have a healthy vacuum, you are lucky! Unplug the vacuum, remove the screws that cover the belt and roller brush. If you are nervous, take pictures with a cell phone or digital camera as you go for re-assembly. ok, pull the long roller out of it's slot and out of the vacuum. cut all hair off the roller and carefully move the belt from side to side to do the same. If the belt slips off, it slips back on easily. If the area is too tight for fingers guide it back on with any long thin wooden object. You can squeeze the belt to narrow it and slide it back over the thin metal rod that spins it from the motor. Slide the roller through the belt and back into it's slots. If it won't slide back on, turn it a quarter turn. Repeat till it does slide back into place. Put the face plate back on-tighten screws, flip it over, plug itr in and it should work!
I have the same vacuum. The burning smell is letting you know that your belt is either broken or about to break. I have had mine for a year and have had to replace the belt 5 times. Now I have to replace the brush roller 'cause it broke under normal use. My next vacuum will be a Dyson Ball.
the front of the machine ( the peice that holds the brush roller ) and the bag unit are part of a safety system that will only let it turn on if both are locked firmly in place, after checking that examine the cord, look for any burn marks especially at the plug and where the cord clips into the retainer on the handle and if you can where it plugs into the machine but you will probably need a set of torx screwdrivers for that. if there was any funny noises before it shut off the kids could have damaged the motor, and just because the belt isnt broken it can still get burnt and make a bad smell change them ever six months to a year
If by "suction" you mean it's not picking up dirt and debris on carpet, odds are your belt needs replacement, and the belt has burned, causing the burning smell. Ensure that your brushroll spins free, and replace the belt. (Belts should be replaced in any vacuum with a rubber belt every 3-6 months, regardless of use.)
If you mean that you are not having any airflow at the end of the hose, you most likely have a clog in the main hose and the burning smell is caused by your motor overheating. Ensure that there is nothing blocking the hoses.
If you have suction in the hose, and your brushroll is turning, there may be a clog in the head area behind the brushroll. Look in the hose that your wand plugs into, and ensure that it is also clear.
http://www.geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=0&thid=542493 Generic problem for all Vacuums The vacuum turns on but Posted by mmetcalf on Apr 24, 2008
the vacuum turns on but wont run smells like burning rubber I took the bottom off and the belts don’t appear to be broken but the one connected to beater bar seems like it may be loose
Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. In answer to your question, the reason it smells like burning rubber is because the belt is too loose and it is burning the inside of the belt because it is to loose, the average belt change for a Kirby vacuum is every 4 to 6 months, the tighter the belt the better the cleaning and always use the genuine Kirby belts because they are designed to work with the Kirby, there are replacement belts that will work and are less but they are made to the correct size but Kirby vacuums always s work better with genuine parts. 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://kirby.comContact Us by Phone United States and Canada 1-800-494-8586 Between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST Monday thru Friday www.A-1Vacuum.com1-800-657-1874If you cannot find a local dealer near you they can ship you the parts UPS. Thanks,Don – The Vac Man Go Ahead.Use Us.