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Smoke/motor? When turned on, smoke comes out of bottom. Roller not stuck. Looking for repair estimate in Henderson, NV. area.

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I don't know in Nev. call Hoover's 800 number and they will tell you, the number is on the metal tag. But if it is the motor smoking, a motor will run you $85 to $95, plus labor, $40 to $50. But if this an electrical smell, then suspect the motor. But if it is a rbber smell, then maybe you have a belt that is slipping badly, replace the belt.

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. I'd be more then happy to walk you through more advanced diagnosing if this doesn't fix your problem, please just use the comment box here on the Fixya repair page.

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