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I had my Fantom in for repairs (filter, light, belt, and cleaning) less than 7 months ago. Now its not picking up again and the brushes are not rotating. Does this mean another belt? At $69+ every 6 months, I'm thinking of getting another vacum. Any suggestions? Thanks, Judy

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  • ocholler Oct 10, 2010

    Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm trying to avoid another repair bill by doing it myself. I had asked for the type of belt for my model and instructions for replacing it myself. Thanks, again, for your time.



    Judy

  • ocholler Oct 10, 2010

    The directions sound easy enough, but I'll need to wait until I get the belt to know if it works. Thanks for your prompt response. Judy

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Sounds like you are going to need a new belt. It also wouldn't be a bad idea to have the edges of the roller clean because hair and carpet can wind up on the edges making it harder for the roller to turn.

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