The vacuum has started making a much louder noise. like something is coming apart or is stuck/clogged. Noticed the fan type blade has several cracks, some bigger than others. could this be the problem?
Yes, this is very likely. The fan is made of plastic, because a metal fan would be so heavy that it would make the motor burn out unnecessarily fast. Sucking up things like loose change, pebbles, screws, etc. can crack the fan, and unfortunately this requires the front part of the motor to be disassembled. I'm pretty handy with Kirbys but I wouldn't attempt this type of repair myself. Best to leave it to a professional.
Do be sure to remove the em-tor unit (the plastic part that attaches to the blower in back) and check to make sure no large items are rattling around in there. Just unhook the bag clip from the handle, grasp the em-tor unit at the base and turn firmly but gently. When it pops off, all the things that were too heavy to get sucked upward into the bag will fall out. This might help, but it is not recommended to run a Kirby with a damaged fan. It is bad for the motor.
May 24, 2010 |
Kirby Heritage II Vacuum