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If the motor is real loud, then it is bad and will have to be replaced. Either the fan or motor bearings have gone bad.

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Hoover not sucking

Remove all filters and try the suction on your hand, NOT THE FLOOR!
Filters are vital to keeping the motor working.
Most vacuum sucking probs are a result of a clogged filter or filters. Sometimes, hoses also. Or a full bag.
Remove all filters, clean them thoroughly, check hose for obstruction.
Use another vacuum to remove dust/dirt (or an air compressor) from the dirty filters.
That's first step.

Feb 26, 2015 | Hoover Vacuums

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After using for a while it gets hot and cuts out. So far it has done this twice and re-started after cooling down.

The cutting out is, in a way, a good thing. Most vaccuum cleaners have a thremal cutout, so if the cleaner overheats it cuts out until a safe temperature is reached to save the motor from damage.

The question here is why is the motor overheating. There are only 2 possibilities:

1: The motor its self is failing and windings in the motor are burning out, causing the overheat. If this is happening, then the overheat will probably be accompanied by much louder noise from the motor that you are used to and possibly the smell of burning emectrical equipment. If this is happening then you should stop using the cleaner right away. Generally the cost of a replacement motor (Unless the appliance is under warranty of course) is more than the residual value of the vaccuum cleaner.

2: The motor is overheating because it is being overstrained. Possible causes for this are:
Dust filters on the machine are clogged (Bagless machines typically have at least 2 filters, one on the exit airflow from the motor and another somewhere around the top of the cylinder. In a Dyson for instance, there is a foam filter in a clip open housing directly above the dust container.

Clean, wash or replace the filters as per the manufacturer's instructions.
If it has a bag, then the pores of the bag may be blocked - swap out the bag.
If it is an upright with a brush, ensure that the brush is turning freely
Ensure that all pipes are free from obstructions, pay particular attention on upright cleaners, to the pipe that leads from the beater brush housing to the waste dust collection

Jul 26, 2011 | Vacuums

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The vacuum cleaner is not sucking it has been cleaned out so is not jammed up anywhere it just won't ****.

Have you checked the filters?
It is true, you have a bag less machine-- and it catches the big dirt particles in the cyclone device--
But above that are a couple filters-- When they get dirty, you can't have any vacuum!
They really should be cleaned each time you empty the Cyclone section of debris.

Remove them, and tap them clean-- or replace them with new--

I trust that you have already checked the hose-- and it is not clogged?--
Often you can clean the hose, by reversing it-- so that you clean it from the handle, backward into the machine..

Dec 28, 2010 | Dyson DC11 All Floors Bagless Canister...

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Eureka Rally 2 had great suction the first two times I used it and now faint. No blockage and new bag and clean filter. What coud it be?

The dust bag holder is an important part of this vacuum. Make sure the bag is installed into the holder sliding bag collar into slots to secure.
Make sure the bag is tucked into cleaner. or the bag cover will not latch securely.
Also, the motor and exhaust filters should be cleaned at each bag replacement.
Filters should be cleaned or replaced when they become visibly soiled or suction power is reduced. Always operate the cleaner with the filters installed to avoid motor damage. The dust bag must be changed and the filters cleaned or replaced if the window of the Clean Filter Indicator changes into red when the cleaner is operating at maximum power and the nozzle is raised from the floor.

Dec 25, 2010 | Eureka Vacuums

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Model UH60010, Series X12.0, Mfg code K09A. While attempting to use the hose and the extensions to clean shelves, my wife reported no suction. I removed the brush roller and the plastic piece just below...

There are six different reasons a vacuum can lose suction, a plugged vacuum hose, bad motor, full vacuum bag, or cracked or damage hoses. Purchasing a vacuum cleaner can be a costly expense while repairing the suction on the unit can be virtually free. Most suction loss problems on a vacuum can be easily fixed or remedied with common house hold tools and very little technical expertise.
If your vacuum cleaner losses suction, the first and easiest solution is to check the bag. If the vacuum cleaner bag is full suction will be greatly reduced and the unit will become ineffective. A vacuum cleaner works by passing air through the bag fibers leaving dirt and debris behind inside the bag. If the refuse bag becomes full, airflow is restricted, limiting the amount of air passing through the vacuum bag resulting in loss of suction. When replacing the vacuum bag always consult your owners manual to insure that the vacuum bag seals with the vacuum inlet hose. If your vacuum cleaner bag is not tightly sealed to the vacuum inlet hose you will decrease the air flow through the bag resulting in loss of suction.
The second and sometimes most common reason for loss of suction on a vacuum cleaner is a plugged vacuum hose. If the hose becomes plugged, air flow will become restricted. To unplug a vacuum hose detach it from the machine and inspect the inside. If there is a restriction in the hose, remove it with your fingers and replace the hose onto the unit. If the hose is long and the debris is hard to get too, a broom handle or other long object can be passed through the hose to dislodge the debris. Most vacuum cleaners contain more that one suction hose, so make sure to check each one by process of elimination. Another area that can become easily plugged on a vacuum cleaner is under the lower base of the unit by the roller brush. Large debris can get caught in this area and restrict air flow to the hose.
If your vacuum refuse bag is not full and the suction hoses are not plugged the next thing to check is the condition of the hoses. Many hoses are made from plastic which can easily tear or crack. If your vacuum cleaner shows signs of wear or are cracked they need to be replaced. Even the smallest hole in a vacuum hose can leak enough air to greatly diminish the suction potential of your unit. Replace your vacuum cleaner parts with OEM parts from the original manufacturer to ensure the tightest fit.
Most vacuum cleaners contain filters. Filters are used as a last line of defense to remove dust and smaller debris particles before the air is recycled back into the environment. If vacuum cleaner filters become dirty or plugged they also can decrease the amount of air traveling through the unit. Some filters can be easily rinsed with water whereas others need to be replaced. It is important to check your owners manual before rinsing a vacuum filter.
The last and probably least common problem for a vacuum cleaner to loose suction is a bad or failing vacuum motor. Over time vacuum motors lose power due to worn carbon brushes or long term damage. A vacuum cleaners worst enemy is moisture. If water or moisture is sucked into the vacuum motor it will greatly diminish the amount of suction the unit has. Replacing a vac motor can be a costly and time consuming ordeal. In some cases, replacing a vacuum motor can outweigh the cost of buying a new vacuum. Vacuum suction is measured in water lift which can easily be measured by using a water lift gauge. If the water lift measured in inches, falls below half the original water lift specifications for the unit, it is time to replace your motor. Most vacuum cleaner repair shops carry this type of equipment and can easily tell you if it is time for a new vac motor.

Jul 25, 2010 | Vacuums

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When I turn the vacuum on it sounds really loud, louder than usual, and after a few minutes it smells like burning rubber around the canister. The vacuum is still sucking.

The armature is probably missing a plate and the motor is about ready to burn up, but check the filter and screen on the bottom of the motor first. The screen can be checked by removing the filter and looking up at the motor from below. Clean if necessary by removing the motor. Unplug the unit first. If the motor sounds rough and smells like something electrical burning. It's going to need to be replaced. Check your model # and order a replacement. Pretty easy to install if you get the right motor. Get the foam gasket for under the motor if your replacing a three stage motor.

Jun 06, 2010 | Electrolux Centralux Vacuum

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Vacuum is making a burning smell from the motor/fan.


Actually the screws to access the motor on Kenmore canisters are located underneath of the foot pedal that retracts the cord reel, and there's usually also two screws that underneath of the tool lid arms.

You may access the screws underneath of the cord reel by prying the foot pedal off of the vacuum. Simply put a flat head screw driver in between where the foot pedal and the vacuum cleaner meet on the top of the machine, and pry upwards with the screw driver. Once you remove the pedal you'll see the screws and have direct access to the vacuums motor.

If you are trying to access the power nozzle motor, here's a detailed step by step instruction tutorial that will walk you right through it.

When a vacuum cleaner smells like something is burning, it can only really be one of two things. Either the rubber belt inside of the power nozzle is burning, or the motor is burning. If it's the belt that's burning, it will be a burning rubber type of smell, but if it's the electrical motor, it will be more of an electrical smell.

If you have any further quesitons, please feel free to reply using the clarification request tool here on Fixya. I'm always more then happy to answer any follow up questions.

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Chris J.

Apr 11, 2010 | Kenmore 25614 / 25615 Progressive Bagged...

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Motor makes loud racket and smells like burning, but still works.

Bag? There is a paper filter and maybe a foam filter ... bag? Maybe this is a newer model that I am not familiar with. Anyway ... ...

It sounds like your motor has been eating dust. Please check here for your repair:

Feb 21, 2010 | Shop Vac 584-06-00 Canister Wet/Dry Vacuum

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Doesnt ****


If the vacuum sounds like it usually does and still doesn’t pick up, you probably need to replace the belt. To check this, turn the vacuum on and lay it down sideways. Check to see if the roller is spinning. If it's spinning, turn the vacuum off. Stand it up and turn it back on. Do you hear the roller spinning. Some belts stretch over time. If the roller was spinning when the vacuum was on it’s side and stops when the roller has some pressure on it (your carpet), change the belt.
A clogged vacuum cleaner usually sounds "clogged". The noise the vacuum normally makes will seem muffled. First, Unplug Your Vacuum. Then change the vacuum bag or empty the dirt cup. If the bag is filled up more than halfway, this could reduce your suction. Throw out the bag. Look at the area that holds the dirt cup or vacuum bag. Remove any debris. Look for a filter in this area. If you find a filter make sure it's relatively clean. A clogged filter will shorten the life span of your vacuum. Make sure your filter is back in place or replaced, and reinstall the vacuum bag or dirt cup.
A lot of the current style upright vacuum cleaners have attachments and a hose on board. If you have a vacuum hose on your upright, pull it out like your going to vacuum with it. Look at the area you removed the hose from. Remove any debris. I recommend wearing gloves, and try not to use any sharp tools like a needle nose pliers that might puncture your vacuum hose.
For the final step in this vacuum cleaner repair, place the vacuum in a position where you have a birds eye view of the bottom plate. You can usually see if there is any debris that requires removal.
Here is a link that will take you to a site that shows how to access your machine to change belt or look for clogs.

Hope this helps

Jan 30, 2010 | Hoover U6311-930 Power Drive Bagged...

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My kids ran the vacuum without a bag in it while i was on vacation. When it runs the motor sounds a bit strained and much louder. How can I fix this on my own?

Is the filter behind where the bag is clogged? It's possible whatever that was sucked into the bag area may have clogged up the motor. To avoid overheating the motor I would see if you can clean the area where you can reach, otherwise you can either try to open up the unit (with the power cord unplugged of course) or have a qualified technician take a look.

Nov 08, 2009 | Kenmore 25512/ 25513 Progressive Canister...

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