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Vacuumed water - won't work

Vacuumed water up on carpet - burning smell - now won't work- took apart to "dry out" ... cut it back on... ran for a minute or so... burn smell, then shut off?!? Can this be repaired?

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It sounds like the motor overload is cutting out.
it should automatically reset in time.

  • try removing the motor from the vacuum.
  • jump the motor. (power directly to the motor leads) be careful doing this! because once you plug it the motor will jump...keep your fingers from moving parts.
  • With the motor running, you will want to inspect the commutator -(where the carbon brushes push against)
  • if a blue spark is large and wrapping around the commutator then you will need to replace the brushes to begin with...in worse cases the armatures commutator would have to be cleaned with emery paper.... or armature should be replace. i think vacuum motors sell as a assembly...depending on what type of vacuum you have it might be better just buying a new one.



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