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Old 06-20-2007, 11:37 PM   #1
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Anyone know knowledgeable about central vacs? My wife was using ours the other day and it made a noise, not good sounding and smoke came from the motor area. Now it doesn't sound right at all when turned on. Is the motor shot?

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Old 06-21-2007, 09:31 PM   #2
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Could be a burnt motor winding or bearings... I would check the filter, then the motor.. Might be something wrapped around the motor thats seizing it up.
Most arent too bad to replace.

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Old 06-23-2007, 07:56 PM   #3
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ok here's a better description of the problem and current status..

When I turn the unit on it sounds like a blender, as if something is caught up in the motor. I get no suction at all. Today I opened the unit up to inspect it. The main filter was very dirty and the small filter just before the motor was clogged. I cleaned everything up and blew a little dust out of the motor. This didn't make a difference. The motor sounded the same.

At this point I was convinced the motor was shot so I took it to my local Aerus Electrolux store. The Service Manager told me the motor was shot. His cost to replace the motor was $250(motor) + $50(labor). He tried to sell me a new vacuum for $699.99. His reasoning was the replacement motor would only have a 1yr warranty and the new vacuum would have a 5yr warranty. But my reasoning said, $300 is too much for the motor and I don't need a new $700 vacuum. I've seen the motors online from $150 - $250. Although I've seen the motors online I'm not sure which sites are reputable? Can someone recommend some?
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:15 PM   #4
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Is the unit made by Electrolux?

If not, may be able to find a motor elsewhere but I'm not sure on any web sites.

I have a 30 year old Electrolux canister and they are known for thier quality, but pricey.
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It's an Electrolux 1590, central vac
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:33 PM   #6
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Hmmm..

The only other thing I could suggest is check and see if there is an ADI alarm distributor in your area. They may have a sub for the motor. Or maybe check the motor for a nameplate.. Maybe somebody else made it for Electrolux.
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I personally think that 300 isn't bad. About a year ago i brought my upright electrolux vac into them they charged me like 90.00 to get it running again something about the cord. I would pay the 300 but definately wouldn't let him shake me down for a new unit. What probably happened was this. You weren't taking care of that thing the way you were suppose to. You should have made a point every couple of weeks to clean the filters. They got so clogged that the motor had to work harder then usual thereby burning the motor up. My upright i like because it has the drop in bag i don't care for those new uprights which have the filter and the canister you empty. Pay the 300 and be done with it. Unless you could find a motor online somewhere cheap and then pay a electrician 50 to install.
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I personally think that 300 isn't bad. About a year ago i brought my upright electrolux vac into them they charged me like 90.00 to get it running again something about the cord. I would pay the 300 but definately wouldn't let him shake me down for a new unit. What probably happened was this. You weren't taking care of that thing the way you were suppose to. You should have made a point every couple of weeks to clean the filters. They got so clogged that the motor had to work harder then usual thereby burning the motor up. My upright i like because it has the drop in bag i don't care for those new uprights which have the filter and the canister you empty. Pay the 300 and be done with it. Unless you could find a motor online somewhere cheap and then pay a electrician 50 to install.
Your right about me not cleaning the filter but, I'm not sure I want to pay $300 when I see the motor online for half that. I can install the motor myself.
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Your right about me not cleaning the filter but, I'm not sure I want to pay $300 when I see the motor online for half that. I can install the motor myself.
By all means by that motor online and install it yourself if you can save money
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I took delivery on my Lamb Central Vacuum Motor today. The install took me 16mins. Works like a charm!

I only paid $144 bucks for the motor!

Here's the site: http://builtinvacuum.com/products_home.html

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