Thread Number: 37089  /  Tag: 80s/90s Vacuum Cleaners
Kenmore Cleanmore motor problem?
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Post# 396270   8/5/2018 at 13:27 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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My Kenmore Cleanmore seems to have an issue that I'm not sure about. I haven't run it much other than just for a second, but I did try it out yesterday with the power nozzle. I ran it for about three minutes and I noticed there was an odd smell in the air. However, I didn't notice any odd noises coming from the motor and the suction seemed very strong. Just my few minutes of vacuuming it picked up dust and hair after we'd just vacuumed with another machine.

But it almost seemed like a slight hot smell, after I turned it off I tried smelling the exhaust port and I didn't smell anything.

Could it be because the unit had been sitting for so long or is it something more serious?

I did take the cover/motor assembly apart and looked over the motor. Everything looked fine to me as far as the stator and windings. There was some rust on the bottom fan housing and the fan nut but the motor itself looked pristine.

Could the carbon brushes be about done? The house I got it from had lots of shag carpeting on two levels so I suspect it may have been used more than I thought.

Can I get carbon brushes for this? It looks like a single stage motor.

Also, I did not have the pump plugged in or turned on and I know it wasn't the power nozzle either because I smelled it before I turned on the power nozzle.

Post# 396291 , Reply# 1   8/5/2018 at 20:23 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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I mean it could just be the smell of old dust getting hot on the motor. If a cursory glance at the motor didn't turn up anything, I'd just operate with caution the next few times you use it. If the motor sound changes while running, stop immediately. Otherwise, it's probably nothing.

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