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The breaker on the vacuum trips after about 3 seconds on. The canister was extremely full and started to smell like burnt wood, we fully cleaned out the unit. Now when the vacuum is turned on, the motor sounds weak, and then turns off in a matter of seconds,and we have to reset the breaker on the vacuum to get it to start again for another few seconds.

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  • Chemist1961 May 11, 2010

    What brand an model. sounds like a central vac???? This sounds like an aging motor where the carbon brushes are worn and shorting, but the burning smell is indicative of a damaged armature. Please post more info

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This sounds indicative of a worn set of carbon brushes on a dieing motor for a central vac. the armature is ,likely damaged causing teh breaker to blow. Please post back with more details as to make and model. Do not atempt to run the vac

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