What to do if Your Vacuum Cleaner is Smoking What to do if Your Vacuum Cleaner is Smoking

Everybody knows that vacuum cleaners are an integral part of any home. Without them, keeping the home clean becomes 10 times more difficult for 1/2 the results. Everybody’s home gets dirty, whether it just be from constant foot traffic, pets or dirty children but if your vacuum  starts smoking you need to know how to decide what’s wrong and how to fix it. This informative guide will show you the most common reason a vacuum smokes, how to address the issue and how to prevent it from happening in the future.

Prevention is Key

Things like hair, dust and string tend to get caught in the beater bar--the spinning part on the bottom--of the vacuum, clogging it and making it run more slowly and with less power than it should. Every second or third time you use your vacuum check the beater bar to make sure it is able to move freely because this is one of the underlying factors that causes a smoking vacuum. If your vacuum comes with filters it’s very important to change these regularly--as often as the manufacturer suggests.

No Smoking

When stress to the motor is present the motor heats up and usually burns the belt, causing smoke. Since every vacuum cleaner is different, there’s no definitive guide on changing the belt but this guide will describe how to do it on the typical vacuum. Keep replacement belts with your cleaning supplies.  Purchase them according to the model number of your vacuum. Replacement belts can be purchased singly or in packs with multiple belts.

Once you have the sweeper belt, flip your vacuum over and either unscrew the bottom plate or pop it off, whichever you need to do for your specific vacuum. From here you should be able to see the problem belt. While the cover is off, take this time to clean the inside. After everything is clean look at the belt and take note of how it’s attached--there are usually 2 shafts that hold it in place. The easiest way to get a burned belt off is to cut it off with scissors. Replace the old belt by stretching it as necessary to get it to fit over the shafts. Spin the beater bar to make sure the belt is secure before replacing the bottom plate. Your vacuum should no longer smoke. If the belt was not the problem, then you may have a problem with the motor. If the motor is the problem, you should contact a professional repair person or purchase a new vacuum.

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