Our Eureka vacuum doesn't seem to be working properly. The brush does not turn unless you are pushing the vac. It occasionally has a slight burning smell also. Can you think if there is something we might have done wrong? We just brought it home today. Thank you very much for any advice.
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Re: brush does not turn when vac touches floor
You need to change the belt. The belt will not turn the brush roll and is slipping on the drive shaft. This is creating the burning smell you describe.
You say you just brought it home.From where? From repair or is this a new machine.
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Check to see that the beater brush is not frozen up. Pull the brush and clean it, spraying some WD40 on each end piece that holds the brush in place.
Also be sure the belt is properly installed so that the brush turns in the correct direction.
If the brush is not turning or not turning in the correct direction, it will not beat the dirt from the carpet so that it can be picked up by the vacuum's suction.
Yes I repair them all the time. What that means is that the connection of the hose handle to the power brush upper wand is loose. This can happen over time with use. The connection just loosens up. Do you have the exact model of the power brush?
Turn the vac over so the brush is facing up.. There is a cover plate that surrounds the brush.. Take the screws out and remove the cover plate.. Pull up on the side of the brush that the belt is on.. Replace the belt.. The belt goes around the metal shaft and the brush.. Push the brush back in place.. It might be a bit tough going in because the belt causes some tension.. Put the cover plate and screws back in..
You either have the wrong size belt, most likely too small, or you have installed a new belt incorrectly. When you open the cover on the bottom of your vac, you will see the pulley that moves as you flip the switch from floors to carpet. The belt does not go around this pulley. When activated(carpet) the pulley puts tension on the belt causing it to turn the roller. When switched back to hard floors, the belt looses tension allowing motor to cause suction but disabling roller. Also, the dial on top of vac is only to direct suction, not for disabling roller
If the brush isn't working then its maybe because the drive belt is broken. Locate cross head screws on top of the hood of the Eureka vac (two at the front usually and one below the duster or at the left hand side if looking at the vacuum from the front) Once the screws are undone check to see the drive belt is intact. If its not then replace with a new one and check at the same time that the roller brush is properly put in. If the drive belt is ok then check the brush roll - something may have jammed it if it isnt the belt. Dont forget to rate please.
Check that you have put the seal caps at the end of each brush roll side properly - it fits in usually with the arrows down the way, or if there is a triangular "angle" sitting, its how the caps fit into the sides - sometimes Electrolux/Eureka models have different caps on either side of the brush that need to be aligned properly as well as ensuring that the brush belt is on. Also check that the brush bar is completely clean. Hope that helps you!
http://www.geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=618889&thid=573865 Agitator brush wont spin once vacuum is placed on... Posted by coral7980 on May 05, 2008 This vacuum has given me nothing but problems!!! The newest problem is the brush. I have changed the belt several times, it is a new one now. The brush spins, but as soon as you set the machine in place to start cleaning, it stops and burns up the belt. I need help. I don't want to buy another vacuum!!! Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. The problem that I can see id that you may have a bad brushroll that doesn’t spin freely, and has either bushings or bearings, a simple test is that take the brushroll out of the vacuum, set in on end and spin the brush, does it spin freely or does it stop, the next thing is to turn the motor pulley on the motor, it should spin freely as well, if either one is not spinning freely or easy then there is your problem, or make sure you have the correct belt size and that is a genuine eureka belt instead of a replacement belt for that model, those are the 3 things that should work for you, if the vacuum is less than a year old – take it to a factory authorized vac dealer and if it is the motor and pulley, it is covered, usually the belt and the brushroll are wear items and are NOT covered, some places however might cover the brushroll as a courtesy to the customer. So feel free to contact your local vac 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. http://www.eureka.comCustomer Service Phone Number 1-800-282-2886Hours of Operation Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 7:30 pm CST Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 6:30 pm CST Don – The Vac Man Go Ahead.Use Us.
Sounds like either the belt wasn't routed correctly or the idler clamp asm.(part # 704194CSV) has a problem. There should be a diagram showing the belt placement either by the belt or on the inside of the cover.