Saturday, October 29, 2011

Setting the Vacuum on Fire

So I have been in a cleaning frenzy since about 6 a.m. -- Why? Because I've got a house full of people coming over tomorrow and the house needs to be sparkly. So, I removed the couch cushions and got busy vacumming underneath them. Apparently, when I moved something I managed to knock a dust cloth onto the floor, and in moving the vacuum, put it right on top of the dustcloth without noticing. The vacuum attempted to suck up the dustcloth. And I was oblivious. Until smoke started pouring out.

Joy. I turned off the vacuum and unplugged it from the wall and removed the offending object. And the smoke continued to billow. I'm not sure if I've just seriously messed up the belt (its kind of a rubbery smelling smoke) or if I've melted the inner workings. Either way, this was NOT something I planned on.

The Princess is heading over to BFF's house to borrow her vacuum so that I don't have to worry about trying to get that handled today. Its frustrating because with either a repair or a replacement I wasn't planning on this expense at this time!!!! And I LOVED my vacuum! Its lasted longer than anyone I've ever had! Okay, I'm going to go sulk a bit more now.

Oh, and just so you know, the moral of this story is to not start vacuuming before you've had a full pot of coffee. Because apparently, you just end up setting stuff on fire. Sigh.


  1. Inside the head of the vacuum, there is a little rubber belt that helps turn the roller head. You probably burned that out! I've done it on more than one occasion. You just have to take the head apart, and change the rubber belt. If you still have your owners manual, the size of belt should be listed. Hope that helps!

  2. Wow. Thanks for that info! Hopefully that's all I've burned up! I will definitely look for that owner's manual!

  3. Gosh.. I can relate. Our vacuum completely died, so we had to go buy a new one. FUN!

  4. We had a shop vac that I used to use for cleaning the stairs. I don't think they were designed for such constant use. One day there was a pop and black smoke poured from the motor. No more shop vac. :) Hubby got me a cheap little vac from a warehouse clearance store. It has an overheat shut off. When it gets too hot it just stops. Works for me :)
    Hope your vacuum is an easy fix

  5. I hope you can get it fixed. Definitely look online for similar problems and see if someone else has an easy fix for it. That is one of those expenses that suck. No pun intended.