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The equipment does not start and a strangeous sound is heard when you try to start it and then nothing is heard.

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  • I can guess that it is a burn out motor . Lift the top off of the basin where the water goes and look at the bottom of it. There you will see the separator and this turns when it is running. Turn on the machine just for 5 to 7 seconds to see if the separator is turning and by what your telling me it may turn for a second and then stop. This is a seized motor and it is mostly due to age on vacuums but with the rainbow they also have condensation getting in there so it can happen even quicker. If you did not take the separator apart everything you finished vacuuming then it had condensation on it for along time after you finish vacuuming and we all know what happens to metal when we get it wet and let it sit.....that's right RUST! It may not be all visible but it rusts up inside where it is seized. If in fact it is seized then you are looking at getting a new motor and depending on the age of your rainbow you may want to just move on and get something newer with more suction as they do not have the suction that the new machines have today with all the improvement they have made in the last five years....cyclonic action etc.
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Posted on Oct 13, 2010

  • Tina Aug 24, 2013

    Thank you so much for your answer!

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