When I lower my vacuum head closer to the carpet, I hear a change in that the roller is definetly hitting the carpet, but I do not hear that the sound of the motor has changed. Am I missinterpreting the sounds or should there be a disctinct change in the motor sound and not just the sound of the roller spinning against the carpet.
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Re: sound of motor changing
The sound of the motor should sustain a fairly constant audible level, even when changing surface options. The motor should only change its sound emission if a restricted airflow is encountered,i.e, a plugged hose from a foreign obstruction, a full dirt or air filter,etc. Also, if the roller brush belt breaks, the sound should also increase due to the motor running at a higher RPM
Get to know your normal sounds and when you hear it sounding differently, investigate immediately to find the cause.
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If you are talking about the ridges on the bearing blocks at each end, here is how they go. If it is a new brush or less than a year old, the side with multiple ridges will face up as you put the brush roller into the machine. If the roller is no longer pulling against the carpet or it is more than a year old, turn both bearing blocks to the side with only one notch showing. That will lower your brush closer to the floor and let it pull against the carpet. If you have it in the lower position and it does not pull, you may need to consider replacing the brush. Hope this helps.
the motor spins around a steel shaft that sticks out on one end, and the belt is driven by that shaft, belts are easily damaged and broken, meaning roller wont spin. Often a burning smell of rubber is noticed after motor shaft spins on stuck belt. cause is always hair./string/something at the three contact points. motor shaft and belt, roller and vacuum body become clogged. become familiar with taking cover off roller/belt, and cleaning Checking moving parts roller/belt come out easily and simple to clean...keep spare belts.
The best solution is to change your method of trying to push the vacuum. The more upright the handle is on an Oreck, the harder it will be to push. The lower the angle (the closer the handle is to the carpet) the easier it will be to push. There will be a huge difference. Use a straight stiff arm that is pointed directly down towards the carpet. Use your shoulder and have a near locked elbow. The vacuum will now push easily.
1. Take the brush roll and belt off the vacuum. Put the head back on the vac.
2. Turn it on and see if the bag inflates with good power. Does it sound normal? This will tell you if the problem is with the motor. If you have a good inflation of the bag and a bad noise in the motor, you need to take it in for service. If the motor is fine, you need a new spinning brush assembly.
The screw heads of the brush roll face towards the floor so you can adjust them while the brush is in the vacuum. When you turn them clockwise the brush comes down and gets closer to the floor for better carpet cleaning. You should also change the belt on that vac once a year. Just because the belt isn't broken doesn't mean it's o.k. Once they stretch out the power from the motor is lost and the brush won't clean anything.
You may need to replace the belt that drives the roller head. They wear out and break, or maybe it has just come loose. Also check for string and thread wound around the roller wheel axles, that is a common "culprit"
It has nothing to do with the green light. Green light simply indicates that brush roll is spinning. If there is no green light: 1 - belt may be broken 2 - Improperly installed nozzle 3 - wrong brush roll is installed
Properly adjust the nozzle - turn the Kirby on. Keep lowering the nozzle till it touched the carpet and you will hear change in sound. Then lower it by one more click.
http://www.geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=0&thid=541258 Generic problem for all Vacuums How to use my Kirby Posted by rnelson510 on Apr 24, 2008
How to use my Kirby carpet cleaner?
Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. This is kind of a general question and I will try to explain the best I can. Most Kirby’s have a vacuum head and sometimes a shampoo head, the vacuum head is removable on most Kirby’s and the vac head comes off the front for a brushroll and belt change. When you vacuum and you go to adjust the vacuum head, raise the height adjustment all the way u to the top with your foot, then listen to the tone change, @ first you will hear air pulling thru and the brush has not hit the carpet as of yet, that is the sound the you are listening for, once the brushroll hits the carpet – there is a definite tone change and that is when you have it adjusted correctly, try to vacuum with it set that way, if it is picking up well – you’re OK, if not adjust if down one more click. Also remember to do a belt change every 4 to 6 months for good cleaning, change the bag more often because it will pup better with a new belt and bag, or if you don’t have a paper bag, take and scrape the inside of the cloth bag with the scraper provided in the small zipper section. Please refer to the owner’s manual or trouble shooting guide or to your local vacuum cleaner dealer or in the yellow pages, also you can use the Kirby factory or website listed below: http://kirby.comContact Us by Phone United States and Canada 1-800-494-8586 Between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST Monday thru Friday Thanks,Don – The Vac Man Go Ahead.Use Us.
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.