The power bar stopped working. The vaccume is only 2 months old. How do I check the belt I can't seem to access the undercarriage without unscrewing 9 screws. Or is there another way to access and see if the belt is broken?
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Re: The power bar stopped working. The vaccume is
Yes the belt is broken. In order to access the belt you will have to remove the hood, to do this you will have to remove at least 4 scews. The base is shaped like the capital letter "T" On the widest part, in the front corner of each side there is a screw. At the back of the short part, on each side there is a screw. There may be 2 more, just where the wide part starts and the short part begins. Then you can remove the hood. There is sort of rectangular cover over the brush roller, that comes off to access the brush roller and belt. If you have a new belt, slip the belt over the silver shaft from the power nozzel motor. The insert the brush roller, so the belt is in the carved out section of the brush roller.
Grab the brush roller by each and stretch the belt till you can put the brush roller back into the housing. Turn the brush roller backwards 3 compleat turns and then 3 compleat turns forward to seat the belt.
Put back on the cover and the housing and you are done. If you need a new belt here is the link to that part. Agitator Belt Hoover Part # 40201180 (38528036) - Free ShippingAgitator Belt Hoover Part # 40201180 (38528036) (2 pack)
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take the vacuum head off the end of the tube , turn the machine and place your hand over the end of the tube
if it sucks your hand onto the tube , the machine is working as a vacuum machine
then check fro a blockage in the elbow section near the head
if there is no vacuum , junk it and get a new one
Most likely your belt wore out and broke.
Here is a handy vacuum repair tutorial that should get you back cleaning.
Below is a short excerpt from the instructions. The link above will take you to the full version with images.
When your vacuum starts to lose cleaning power, requiring multiple passes to get an area clean, or the self-propulsion loses its zip, chances are you need to change the vacuum agitator belt. After only a few months of use, most vacuum belts stretch out enough to slip, causing the agitator to spin more slowly. Replacing the belt is quick and inexpensive. New belts are available starting at about $5. Belts come in numerous brands and sizes, so bring the old one to the store for a guaranteed match. Fifteen minutes, two screwdrivers and a new belt are all you’ll typically need to complete the job.
If the brush won't spin at all, it's either the drive belt or the roller beater brush is clogged. Pet hair can quickly clog a vacuum. Turn the unit over and see if the brush will rotate by hand. If yes, it's probably the belt. Also look for debris and clear as much out as possible. You may have to remove the bottom plate and clean the bottom of the unit out. If you do have to go that far, it would be best to replace the drive belt and thoroughly clean the vacuum.
Sounds as if the v-belt came off the idler arm or you broke the v-belt. Either way, take the 4 screws out of the plate around the roller brush and make certain the belt is there and that it sits on the idler wheel. If you remove the roller brush you'll see the wheel. Pay attention to how the ends of the roller brush go back into the vacuum when inserting it and put the plate back on. Also check the thicker main belt is in place as well, it's to the left of the v-belt.
Also, the roller brush should stop when you put it in the upright position. Next time just stand it upright so the throw rug doesn't get drawn quite so far into the vacuum.
You probably have a worn belt that drives the beater bar... 2 year old belts with reasonable use are more than likely due for a replacement. You should be able to get a replacement drive belt from Sears and change it yourself.. The baseplate of your power brush seperates and should provide access to the beater brush and drive pulley system.. Hope that helps..
very simple to repair its a broken belt read owners manual or somtimes they print instructions on the head of vaccum belts are sold at walmart you must know make and model or get number of old belt. before buying one check the back where the attachments are some cleaners have spare belts
http://geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=0&thid=747767 Generic problem for all Vacuums ORECK VACCUM Posted by FISHERMAN928 on Jul 06, 2008 Older Oreck XL, new belt, new bag, checked for clogs, does not pick up as it used to, and, much harder to push, seems to grab or drag, why???? Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. There are a couple of things that may work. Depending on if you have the old style brushroll you can upgrade to a new style Oreck brushroll that has twice the brushes and will a work a lot smoother. Also, clean the bottom plate – get rid of any dust and dirt build up and then spray the bottom with silicone and let it dry after you have totally cleaned it. Always use Oreck genuine belts and to change the belt every 4 to 6 months for the best cleaning and store the extra Oreck belts in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator, other wise if you have a new belt, gag, you have checked for clogs there is no reason why it should be hard to push, if the silicone does not work replace the bottom plate. http://www.oreck.com/Customer Service1-800-989-3535 Monday thru Friday Hours are: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm CST Saturday and Sunday Hours Are; 8:00 am to 4:30 pm CST Thanks, Don the Vac Man Go Ahead. Use Us.
This really sounds like a belt problem. Even if it looks OK, it may have stretched.
New belts are cheap, and you'll need a new one eventually - if the old one turns out to be fine, you can always keep it as a spare.
A second possibility is this: Many cleaners have a control which allows you to switch off the brush/beater bar so you can clean wooden floors without damaging them (for instance, mine has a pedal-operated bar which shunts the belt between two adjacent pulleys on the brush roller, one of which is properly keyed on, and the other of which is a loose fit allowing the roller to idle. If you have something like this on your cleaner, check you have the brushes switched on, and that the mechanism is working properly.