Question about Hoover H3030 FloorMate SpinScrub 500 Upright Wet/Dry Vacuum
The battery charger LED does not come on when I put the battery on charge.
Is the battery gone or is the charger broken?
The problem is not repeat not with the batteries. i bought another sweeper from a local department store. when i got it home i put the new battery in the old sweeper, and it ran for about a minute. then i put the old battery in the new machine and it ran fine. so the problem is not the battery but somewhere betwee the battery pack and the brushes.
Posted on Oct 09, 2008
The problem with the battery is that it is on continuous charge. As with so many of these cordless appliances, the charger never shuts off. Standard Nicad and NiMh batteries cannot be left on continuous charge. They will be ruined fast. There are Nicad and NiMh cells that are rated for continuous charge, but most manufacturers don't use them. They put in standard ones, and rake in the cash when customers keep coming back buying replacement batteries. You can make your batteries last longer buy remembering to stop the charger after about 12 hours. For replacements, you can get a rebuild-it done on the pack and be sure to specify cells that are rated for continuous charge. The cost will usually be the same or less than a battery from the manufacturer, and you will have a reliable long lasting battery.
Posted on Sep 02, 2008
Well the hair in the corners solution will not fix my problem. I got the typical two-for-one deal last year when I got my Swivel Sweepers, so I finally opened the second one. It's new, so has zero dust buildup on contacts. Faulty battery will not run newly opened sweeper either. Old battery will still not get good charge from newly opened charger. Newly opened battery will easily run both old and newly opened sweeper. Older charger and newly opened charger both charge the newly opened battery just fine. So in my case it's clearly, unquestionably the old battery that is the problem!
Posted on Feb 28, 2010
I own two Swivels since a year or two. Batteries seem depleted, no more capacity. SEEM! Because the real problem is exactly what m320753 is talking about: the hair in the four corners! Clean those corners out - it's so easy to do - you'll get a thrill in minutes (at least my wife got thrilled).
It is quite logical thinking that the batteries are the culprit because a motor which is hindered by so much extra hair friction will slow down, hence draw much more current and hence exhaust the batteries way more quickly.
I didn't say that your batteries couldn't be worn out, but look at the hair first!
Thanks uncle mike, you made my day, especially because I already had the intention to buy new battery packs.
Posted on Dec 27, 2009
Based upon all the complaints and how the ad is written, the batteries are most likely NiCd batteries.
Nickel Cadnium batteries inherently have a "memory" problem when attempting to charge the batteries BEFORE they are Dead. If you will simply use your Swivel Sweeper (or any device) until the batteries are dead, then recharge the batteries, you will obtain 3-4 years of top performance!
If the batteries are replaced with NiMH or Nickel Metal Hydride batteries, then you may recharge them at any time of discharge without premature loss of life to the batteries.
Posted on Aug 24, 2008
I got a new replacement battery, and I have the same problem--the sweeper runs only for 30 seconds than dies. When I put the battery on the charger, I get the red light. Does that light turn green when the battery is fully charged? Help!
Posted on Dec 21, 2012
These batteries have a limited time for working. If your machine is over 3 or 4 years old, the battery pack is probably tired. It only takes one bad battery cell and the pack will not function. IF the light is not coming on, the problem is likely the charger. If the battery pack was defective, the light would still work, but the battery would not accept a charge. I would test the charger with a voltage meter and see if is putting any current out. If the charger is dead, it could be a result of a shorted battery and a new charger would work initially but it also would burn out. Check the battery pack for any shorted cells.
Posted on Jan 20, 2008
Hair is a small problem but the battery is the week spot here because of overcharging and just way under power i found a swivel sweeper and the battery would not hold the charge so i just got one of my 7.2 rc car battery and hooked it up and this thing will run for days! especially when i put the 8.4 volt battery
Posted on Jul 17, 2010
It doesn't have NiCd batteries.....so memory is really not an issue.
Partner pulling ours apart at the moment and mentioned that there are no gears on the bottom right corner (as you are looking at it from the top down.) There are provisions there, but no gears.
Just thought that was worth mentioning for those who are looking at doing the maintainance work.
Hoping it will solve the issue.
Posted on Jul 01, 2010
Change another charger to charge your sweeper battery. if it's ok, it shows your charger is bad; if the LED is still off, it shows your battery is bad.
Posted on Aug 04, 2012
Oh, I discovered from the owner's manual, that the Swivel Sweeper DOES have Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries!!! No problems with the batteries, but I hate the accumulation of dust on the inside and outside housing. Other than that, it is the greatest lil sweeper thing I have ever seen.
Posted on Oct 03, 2008
Dear "hansunsux": For about the last 16 years, all I have read and seen from manufacturers of NiCd batteries is the memory problem. I have experienced the same with cordless phones, too. I am surprised that you, as a guru, believe the problem does not exist, yet you have a remedy.
Now, I have heard of a remedy that fixes large capacity NiCd batteries, which is quite dangerous. Use a charger that employs .7 volts above the battery voltage with reverse bias. The length of time is not given. We do not want people doing this because the battery may explode or start a fire, or both. People who have tried this, say the batteries work properly thereafter for many years.
I am not attempting to write condesendingly (check spelling) just wondering if you are an engineer, chemist, or work for a manufacturer of NiCD batteries... I appreciate all of the information you have provided. Thank you. When I am wrong, if I am, I like facts to support my change in position. If you have facts, please share, pretty please.
Posted on Oct 03, 2008
The light on my charger would not light up but it was new so I knew it should not have been the battery. I tried charging my battery on my mom's charger and it works. It looks like no matter what type of battery you have, some of these sweepers have dodgy chargers. Try getting it replaced as this seems to be a common problem.
Posted on Sep 30, 2008
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