Sunday, March 05, 2017

I Never Did Find The Problem

Our Hoover vacuum cleaner stopped working. You'd flick the power switch and nothing would happen, not even a groan or rattle or vibration. Simplicity itself, right? Probably a broken switch.

An hour later, some 20+ screws removed and the entire thing disassembled to the point where it wasn't going to go back together, having surrendered on the concept of repair and determined to find the issue, I got access to the power switch. It was fine.

Looks like it's time for a new vacuum cleaner.
I don't get it at all. A vacuum is a pretty simple device. If power is getting to the electric motor, which it was, you should at least get a hum or some vibration. The only thing I can think is that there was a connection broken within the motor housing, before it reached the coils for the electromagnetic motor.

One thing I did learn is that assembling one of these beasts is extremely labor-intensive. As I took it apart, I imagined someone on a factory floor putting it together. No snaps, lots and lots of screws, each having to be done by hand, given the complicated design of  the plastic body parts. Good jobs at good wages?


Mostly Nothing said...

I bet they are built by robots. Vacuums are too cheap to be made by hand.

What did you get to replace it? I've found I'm not a fan of bagless. All the crud just wedges up to the filter and clogs it up. And it makes a mess trying to empty it.

IlĂ­on said...

Does it have an internal fuse?

tim eisele said...

"Does it have an internal fuse?"

As Inspector Clouseau would say in a situation like this, "Not anymore!"