My 9yr old sebo has died. Was working fine, but then went off quite suddenly. A strong burning smell (like hot oil / metal). Replaced the fuse in the plug (this fused at the same time) and it died almost immediately when switching on.
Took off the motor cover - strong burning smell near the motor. Does this mean it is finally dead? Is it worth replacing the motor or buying a new one?
thanks for the advice.
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No not quite. For a start, the stiff bristles on the blue roller can last a few years before requiring to be replaced.
The SEBO sensor wheel adjusts to the height required - unless of course the microchip board has been tampered with. If it hasn't been tampered with. If the central wheel is excessively dirty then it could be that the SEBO isn't lowering the height properly. However, the X series is great at cleaning hard floors in general - i it is not designed for the brush roll to fully hit the floor, thus as you suggest crushing the bristles. It is designed, as you recognise quite correctly to skid across a hard floor lightly as there is a squeegee rubber strip built in at the back of the roller bar that scoops all dirt into the central vacuum path. The front plate also lends this job. You are not being conned - however check that the rubber squeegee strip has not worn away - SEBO do sell the strips and they are easy to slide into via the press release door at the side of the brush roll.
If the SEBO has died then its a possibility that there is a microchip function that gone wrong it. Some more information would be good to know here as it could be a number of things such as the cord cables coming away at the handle.
The unpleasant smell could have been the lifetime belt finally giving up. Also happened on our 13 year SEBO X1 Automatic due to my error of vacuuming up a rug with long loose strands! If you are good with a screwdriver, you can replace the drive belt easily enough - go onto You Tube - there is an excellent UK video showing how to replace the drive belt on the SEBO. There are two belts, but you will know which one has to be replaced if you remove the screws on the underside of the main floor head. Before you do anything, kneel on the floor beside the SEBO and press the main release button on the bottom of the front bin area just above the floor head. It may need brute force but when pressed, put on knee on the floor head gently and pull the bin upwards to release from the body of the SEBO. This unlocks the main floor head from the bin, making it easier to look at the floor head. See video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOPphVcZHYA