When engaging the carpet function, the warning light comes on and it sounds like something's stuck in small bottom hose into brush area. Brush bar does not rotate. Nothing is stuck in the primary hose and hand tools work just fine with no warning light. How do I get the small hose out to check for a clog?
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Re: Carpet function won't work.
You are going to have to get a screw driver and remove the bottom plate and the hoses. You are correct, there is a clog. You might be able to clear if you have a shop vac. Be prepared to remove all the connections in the dirt path to remove the hair ball.
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I think you have two different issues, the power switch. Many of these are foot operated and have hard lives. Try to spray a bit of WD40 on the shaft of the switch and it may help but you could well be looking at replacement. As for the carpet brush, use a multimeter in the 200VAC setting and check voltage where the power goes to the wand and carpet brush. If there is 120 when on then move on to the attachment and measure there. Look for reset buttons (Not all have those - they disengage if it gets stuck - like a large length of twine, etc...) Next if not working, measure resistance going at the brush with your meter. It should show 100-200 ohms. If not the motor is dead. While at it, check continuity on the wire feeding the brush.
the motor spins around a steel shaft that sticks out on one end, and the belt is driven by that shaft, belts are easily damaged and broken, meaning roller wont spin. Often a burning smell of rubber is noticed after motor shaft spins on stuck belt. cause is always hair./string/something at the three contact points. motor shaft and belt, roller and vacuum body become clogged. become familiar with taking cover off roller/belt, and cleaning Checking moving parts roller/belt come out easily and simple to clean...keep spare belts.
1.Remove bottom tank and look for pinched hose.
2.Use small screwdriver or toothpick on small holes which disperse solution-remove rotating brush first.
These were problems with my steamvac (f5861-900 model).
I know this sounds silly, but it works. Turn it over and wipe all the black residue off the bottom of it (off the plastic on the bottom that rubs on the carpet as you push and pull it). I thought my husband was out of his mind when he told me that was the solution, but it really works.