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Re: my vacuum is messed up b/c of a minor problem
You will need to replace the belt. You should replace it every 3-6 months regardless, but if you ever notice it not picking up very well, it's usually because your belt is broken or stretched. The burning smell you're noticing is the belt melting because the mat wouldn't allow the brushroll to turn.
Depending on the model you will either have to remove two screws from the top of the hood and lift the hood off, or remove a few screws from the bottom and remove the baseplate.
All you'll have to do once it's open is to put the belt around the motor pulley, (the metal part sticking out of the motor,) and then around the brushroll, and pull the brushroll into its original position, ensuring that the belt isn't pinched.
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Yep - that's usually the culprit if the brush stops turning. However, pull off the skid plate (bottom panel) and make sure you haven't picked up any string or some other obstruction that's wrapped itself around the brush & stopped it from turning. Things like hair/string don't always end up in the bag/bin sometimes if they're long enough they just wrap themselves around the brush.
There is probably a clog between where the hose and brush. If there are any removable flexible sections, pop them off and have a look. If you have access to an air compressor that is a very quick and easy way to blow the clog out in reverse flow path. If you do blow it out I recommend doing this outdoors as it makes a mess. If you do not have air then you need to find a ridgid flexible rod of some sort to push the clog or hook it and pull it out a little at a time.
Make sure you unplug before cleaning turn vaccum upside down check roller
for hair and strings wrapped around brush if this does not help clean out cylinder gently knocking dust out or use a duster to stick up inside lightly cleaning and check filter
Here is what we did to fix the problem of our vacuum having no suction.
We unscrewed the three screws on the back and took the hose off of the vacuum. Then we took the hose outside and put the water hose through the vacuum hose and turned on the water. After about 30 second the water pushed through a dust bunny the size of a fist and a marker. Basically, the vacuum did not have suction because the hose was clogged with dust, etc. After reassembling the vacuum, it worked just fine.
I was having the same problem, but I removed the base plate from the bottom of the vaccum (5 screws on mine), revealing the roller and the engine. Just behind the roller is an intake tube. Mine had a piece of wrapping paper stuck in it causing everything else to clog up.