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Blown motor, or just a fuse?

I have the model 3750-T, and the other day I had a power surge, while vaccuming, which caused the motor in the "brush" section (the bit that makes the most noise) to stop working completely.
Basic suction works, but this thing doesn't do much's essentially an oversized hand vac.
Wondering if anyone has had any problems like this before, i'm hoping it's a blown fuse and not a totally blown motor.
I'll see if i can pull it apart later today and find out for sure.

Any help is most appreciated,


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  • pdm08 Mar 10, 2008

    Unfortunately, it's not just the belt.
    I've taken the whole thing apart, and yeah, there are 2 motors.
    There's a motor in the canister section (removable canister on this model, handy!) and another motor in the floor brush section.
    The motor in the floor brush is the one that is dead.
    I can't actually open up the motor though, as there are some strange screws. I spoke to a vacuum repair company and they reckon the motor is dead. I am considering going to home depot and buying the appropriate screwdriver to open this little ****** and maybe trying to fix it myself.
    If there's a fuse in there, I can definitely fix it (swapping a fuse = not hard!), otherwise, I will at least be able to say I tried :)

  • Anonymous May 02, 2009

    The brushes turn, but the vacuum motor doesn't work and won't power on.



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Suggest you double check that this machine really does have a separate motor to drive the brush roller - most just have a single motor that drives the vacuum impeller directly, and the roller through a belt.

If yours is the same, then the most likely problem is a worn-out belt. Hope so, as this makes for a cheap and easy repair.


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    Alastair Macleod Mar 11, 2008

    Suppose it's worth a try.

    Be careful when opening it up - there are likely to be a couple of lightly spring-loaded components in there. and while I doubt they'll p'doing out fast enough, it would be good to know which way they went in.

    While it's open, have a quick look to see what state the brushes are in.


  • Alastair Macleod
    Alastair Macleod Mar 12, 2008


    In last comment, for "fast enough", read "fast enough to damage your eyes".

    Oh, and when I was talking about "brushes", I meant the carbon ones in the motor, not the fibre ones for sweeping the floor.

    Not the most clear and unambiguous prose that's ever left my keyboard!




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