Hi, A couple of weeks ago my separator broke one small piece, but it still runs. The problem is when it runs for about 3 min. it smells like something electrical getting hot...whould the separator cause this problem.
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If you were not vacuuming, just running it on blower setting you should be alright. The Separator prevents large items from getting into the vacuum when you are vacuuming. There is a gasket there that protects the motor from water. Double check where the separator goes and make sure there is no gunk or debris there, if so clean it out before running. Being that you were able to run it without any problems, noises or smells I would say you are probably fine.
Your Rainbow should be o.k if you completely dried it out. But rinsing the hepa filter has usually not worked out well for most people (soory for that news) but good news is that they should last around 8 to 10 years with no rinsing.
So depending on how long, you may have rusted out the bearings in your motor, especially if it sat so long as to eat the glue off of your gasket.
Sounds like you may need a new motor, gasket, baffle plate and separator.
the water basin has a safety on it so the unit cannot run without it. if you look on the bottom of the rainbow you can see a small oval shaped space that you can depress just to test and see if it still runs it will only run with this depressed.
http://geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=19674&thid=749568 Cleaning the filter on a e series rainbow vacuum Posted by jonesjpc on Jul 06, 2008 This one does not have the tabs to depress as but has two screws in that area still doesn’t see how to get to the filter. Also I need instructions to replace power cord; On the E series single speed.
Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. On the Rainbow E Series there really is no actual filter – the water is the filter for this particular vacuum. Before you remove the separator under the motor, place a newspaper or towel under the Rainbow without the water pan under the vacuum and then turn it on for a short period of time and spin the water moisture out of the motor and separator; then some of the maintenance is to remove the separator under the motor and clean that and then replace it. As far as replacing the cord there are screws under the Rainbow that need removal and then you can get to the end of the cord for replacement. The easiest way is to mark your wires and the cord will be much easier to replace otherwise check the owner’s manual for cord replacement or check with your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or to cal the cust serv @ the Rainbow factory for questions. The Rainbow / RexAir Factory phone number is listed below: http://rainbowvacuum.com Customer Service 1-248-643-7222 Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST Thanks, Don the Vac Man Go Ahead. Use Us.
Some of the e-series has a corrugated filter in the top section. To get to it, remove the clear plastic panels that are the sides. Most have 3 screws on each side to move, then the top half will come loose. There also is filter on the back, there is a door to remove to get to it.
http://geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=19674&thid=528929 Rainbow SE makes Squealing Noise when switching it... Posted by ray_s51 on Apr 20, 2008 My Rainbow SE works and runs strong but when I switch it on and off for approx. 20 to 30 seconds the motor makes a loud squealing noise. Do I need to oil something or what? Nothing smells, it does not make the noise all the time, but it does more often than not. Thanks Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. Rainbow E Series Canister Wet/Dry Vacuum. The Rainbow has 3 fans in the bottom of the motor and if they are weak they will make noise from the motor unit. Watch out… the repair of the Rainbow may exceed the cost of a new motor of which will solve your problem of noise and separator --- compare the cost and the labor and make a decision. The separator is part of the armature, the separator should be able to be removed and that might be one of the things making noise. As normal maintenance the separator should be removed and cleaned after every use and re-installed, then place a newspaper or towel under the motor unit and turn on the Rainbow and spin the moisture out of the motor unit. This should be done every time you use it. If you have further questions please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer. . So if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions. The Rainbow / RexAir Factory phone number is listed below: http://rainbowvacuum.com Customer Service 1-248-643-7222 Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST Thanks, Don the Vac Man Go Ahead. Use Us.