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Hello, I have an Electrolux vacuum. In desperation, I vacuumed up some water and my machine stopped. I am hesitant to take the machine to a repair place for fear that if it is a simple repair they will not be honest. Can anyone give me advice on whether this is a problem that requires a new motor or major repair? Thank you!

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  • matkabob Oct 07, 2009

    Thank you very much for your help! This gives me a good idea of the extent of the problem!! :]

  • Chemist1961 May 11, 2010

    In most cases, you will severely damage the motor with water. A wet dry pickup vac would have a float WHICH RISES UP TO BLOCK THE WATER FROM ENTERING THE MOTOR. At a minimum you will need an overhaul and new motor bearings, but the overhaul will include dismantling the entire motor to allow it to dry and prevent mildew.Over an hour in labor with wet dirty parts some of which will begin to rust together very soon Most shops are NOT motor rebuilders so the simple fix is a drop in replacement motor. Figure on at least $125 depending on age and model of the vac

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Although it's never to be recommended, it is sometimes possible to vacuum up a little water without doing significant damage. However, the fact that your machine then stopped suggests that the electrics got wet. That may or may not have caused expensive damage (probably not), but it is essential that the machine be thoroughly dried out before further attempts to use it. That will involve dismantling it, and my guess is that the labour involved will be the most costly part of the job. A competent vacuum engineer should be able to complete the job in about an hour.
Good luck! Please remember to rate this response - thank you.

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