My 12 year old Rainbow SE suddenly began a burning odor
I think the motor may have burned out. Is that something I can replace simply? Or could there be another cause for the sudden problem. It is possible someone may have used the vac w/o water, as it was sitting out when some workers were in the house doing some renovations.
Thanks, Pam Thornton
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My 12 year old Rainbow SE suddenly began a burning... I think the motor may have burned out. Is that something I can replace simply? Or could there be another cause for the sudden problem. It is possible someone may have used the vac w/o water, as it was sitting out when some workers were in the house doing some renovations. Thanks, Pam Thornton I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. You can replace the motor your self if you are mechanically minded but there are wiring problems and a gasket replacement and to also replace the spider (looks like a small bowl with vents on the side of the bowl) underneath the vacuum. It you mark the wires with tapes on each wires it can be replace but the motor is a $300.00 or better if you do it right and include the motor, gasket and spider. This price may include labor in a vacuum shop. The $300.00 is just an estimate and you would need to contact the local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area to do the replacement, it’s a good vacuum and if you like it have the motor replaced. Always use water when using the vacuum, the workers may have used the vacuum to pickup sheetrock dust of which will get into the motor and reduce the life of the Rainbow motor and will destroy any vacuum on the market, it plugs the spores of the cloth, paper and dirt cup filters of which need replacing. The Rainbow / RexAir Factory phone number is listed below: http://rainbowvacuum.comCustomer Service 1-248-643-7222Monday thru Fridayfrom 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST
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No. The HEPA filter is simply to collect fine dust and allergens that make it past the water. Hmm. If it gets full/clogged and isn't changed, then the motor is more likely to burn up from overheating. It's more likely it will shut off if the filter gets full. It will not explode.
I work on Rainbows. D4C-E2 etc. Not sure what you mean by the top plug in. There are two motors in the rainbow, one in the main unit, one in the power head. Where was the odor coming from? email me back with more info, I can help you with this. Jerry
All SE series vacuums have a built in thermal and load fuse on the motor, and if it blew, it has to be replaced, or wired directly, with out it on there.
Motor brushes are usually the source of a non working Rainbow D4 and SE and all model Rainbow vacuums and when they burn out, they usually take the motor armature with them, from excessive heat and flare electrical arking to the armature.
It is probably the thermal and load fuse, that is your problem, if you did not smell any electric burning type of smell, before it quit. It could be the power switch, but not as likely as the fuse.
If you have any more questions let me know. I am a Rainbow seller, and a Rainbow expert also.
It sounds like you have bad carbon brushes on the motor. Get replacement brushes from a local vac shop, and take the unit apart. On each side of the motor their is a retangular piece of plastic with what looks like magnets in them. In most cases they are simply held by 2 screws. Replace these brushes and reasemble the unit. If the problem persists you have burned out the comutator on the motor and the whole thing must be replaced.
Bad idea.... I think the foam got through the separator and into the fan system. When it dried it hardened and now it need to be taken apart and cleaned.
Turn it on for less than 1 sec and if you hear motor making humming sound - it is ALIVE and cleaning (maybe new fan blades too) may be all that it needs. If no sound at all it may be KAPUT. You must have smelled something burning when you turned on and it did not work.
for D4 and SE models - When cleaning I would recommend to replace bearings as they are not that expensive and if you took it apart - maybe a good idea to replace them. Also you probably will need a new gasket as when taking old one off (it is glued) it may rip apart.
If nozzle works but the main unit does not then it leaves only few things - motor is "kaput" or some wire got loose somewhere. When motor burns it usually stinks pretty bad. You have to open it up to see and test. We can do it for you but you'd have to ship it here.Se instructions
When it is running look on top of unit to see if there is any flashing from the brushes, if your unit has been getting pretty hot on top, it would probably be motor brushes. These are not very expenseive to replace and by doing so you will have your unit for so many more years.