I've had a Eureka Optima lightweight upright for 7 months. One day while vacuuming the carpet in the living room, the motor started making a grinding sound. I thought something was caught in the rollers. After cleaning the small amount of fibers from the rollers, the sound continued. I have no suction. What could have happened? I have only two floors that are carpeted in my apartment. I don't use the vacuum cleaning alot. Please send my some information that could save my vacuum cleaner.
Check to make sure that your agitator still spins. (Agitator = brush). If your agitator still spins, it eliminates your belt and agitator as likely culprits. The last possible solution would be that your vacuum is clogged. The grinding sound might be a motor-related issue or could possibly mean your bearings are going out. Check the bearings of the agitator and the motor of the vacuum.
Accessing to the agitator and belt can be done by removing the bottom cover of your vacuum. There are 2 scews that are holding the bottom cover to the head of the unit. Remove these 2 scews and the bottom cover should snap off.
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If you can hear the motor but the beater bar doesn't turn, it's the belt that needs replacing. If you don't hear a thing when it's plugged in and turned on, then you need a new vacuum. Besides, the part, if you could buy one, may cost half of what a new unit will cost. Treat yourself!
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I checked the vacuum hose to see if there was a clog. 1st, disconnect the hose from the unit so you have access to both ends. Now, place a marble or other ball in one of the hose and see if it will make it all the way through. I found a major "hairball" about 8-10 in down from the vacuum end. I took a metal cloths hanger and bent it in half and did a "roto-rooter operation. It took about 30 minutes, but now it runs like new. I hope this works for you.
http://geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=414813&thid=453845 Brushroll not spinning Posted by vistaloopy on Mar 19, 2008 I have a Eureka Bagless Optima 431 Lightweight Upright that is not working. I took it apart to clean the brushroll and have tried to put it back together several times, but the brushroll will not spin anymore. Maybe I'm putting the belt in the wrong spot? Where can I find a diagram or something? Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. Eureka 431A Optima Bagless Upright Vacuum. You have only 2 choices, the belt is either side driven belt or the belt is a center driven belt and the brushroll has one side that is for the belt and the side driven brushroll and the motor pulley must be in line in order to work properly, you may want to check the bearing holders, some vacs will mark the ends with words like NEW or USED and both have to be identical in order to fit right. Once you have the brushroll out it should spin if you set it on it’s side and if that happens you are OK, then watch the ends of the brushroll. Align the end with the motor pulley, B4 install the belt place the belt on the pulley side and install the brushroll. Then once the brushroll is in and spins properly, and then you can use a belt puller and stretch the belt onto the motor pulley and then track it in a straight line. If you need further help please feel free to contact your local vac dealer in your area. 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 1-800-282-2886 Customer Service Dept for U.S. Electrolux Home Care Products P.O. Box 3900 Peoria. IL61612 Hours of Operation Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 7:30pm CST Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 6:30pm CST Thanks, Don the Vac Man Go Ahead. Use Us.
Is the brush roll turning while on the carpet. If the belt is old, then it has stretched and will slip causing a rubber smell. But if it is an electrical smell, then your motor is failing and will need to be replaced.