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Decrease in suction

My brand new SteamVac was working fine and then in the middle of a job, all of a sudden the suction decreased significantly. The lid of the waste water tank is correctly fitted, and I have checked all the gaskets and seals. The motor is also getting hot pretty quickly. Could something have got into the motor?

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Check to make sure the round gasket seal, under the hood, is in place. It is a rubber seal that sits on the plastic pipe, under the corner of the recovery tank, when the tank is placed in to the foot. It seals the vacuum from the motor, to the tank.

Posted on Oct 03, 2009

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