Very worrying burning smell from vacuum cleaner (Miele)


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ChrisHollandisback

So I bought a great vacuum cleaner from selfridges .. has been working
fine


...until today

Starting smelling a very worrying burning smell (like plastic on fire)


... last night... I sucked a fly up into it... it's a 2200W hoover... I
usually use RAID spray to zap any flies that piss me off... but it was
entertaining to suck it up...


Erm... should I take it back to the shop?


Maybe I sucked up a big metal object or something? i dunno
 
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xena

.. last night... I sucked a fly up into it... it's a 2200W hoover... I
usually use RAID spray to zap any flies that piss me off... but it was
entertaining to suck it up...
Back in the summer, I was using the hose on my Dyson DC01 to suck the flies
from around my horse's face and eyes. Stupid flies didn't learn and I ended
up with many hundreds buzzing around the clear plastic bin. Horse loved it.
:eek:)

Sorry, doesn't answer your question...
 
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mike

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So I bought a great vacuum cleaner from selfridges .. has been working
fine
I had a Miele; it went on for years.

Then it blew up.

Yes, blew up.

I thought you'd like to know

mike
 
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The3rd Earl Of Derby

So I bought a great vacuum cleaner from selfridges .. has been working
fine


..until today

Starting smelling a very worrying burning smell (like plastic on fire)


.. last night... I sucked a fly up into it... it's a 2200W hoover... I
usually use RAID spray to zap any flies that piss me off... but it was
entertaining to suck it up...


Erm... should I take it back to the shop?


Maybe I sucked up a big metal object or something? i dunno
Do take it back.

Oh,and what does a 2200W Hoover fly look like?
 
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The Natural Philosopher

So I bought a great vacuum cleaner from selfridges .. has been working
fine


..until today

Starting smelling a very worrying burning smell (like plastic on fire)
Overheating motor. Bag full/filters clogged. Remove all and run..if it
revs a LOT higher than when put back together you have a problem.
.. last night... I sucked a fly up into it... it's a 2200W hoover... I
usually use RAID spray to zap any flies that piss me off... but it was
entertaining to suck it up...


Erm... should I take it back to the shop?


Maybe I sucked up a big metal object or something? i dunno
No. More like lots of fine dust.
 
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Phil L

So I bought a great vacuum cleaner from selfridges .. has been working
fine


..until today

Starting smelling a very worrying burning smell (like plastic on fire)
This wil probably be the belt melting, meaning that the belt is turning but
the steel part which should spin (via the belt) is jammed, probably with
something, rarely nothing, but it's best to have a look.
.. last night... I sucked a fly up into it... it's a 2200W hoover... I
usually use RAID spray to zap any flies that piss me off... but it was
entertaining to suck it up...
I doubt a fly could have blocked it, unless it was sat in a box of LEGO at
the time.
Erm... should I take it back to the shop?
That depends on how long you've had it, if it's less than a year, yes, if
it's more than a year, don't bother as they'll charge you for any work which
needs doing which you could do yourself in ten minutes.

Maybe I sucked up a big metal object or something? i dunno
Neither do we....did you hear a sort of metallic, clangy-bangy screeching
noise fill the room, like the sound you get when you try to drill through a
steel girder with a masonry bit? - if you didn't then it's unlikely you went
over a big metal object.
 
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Owain

So I bought a great vacuum cleaner from selfridges .. has been working
fine
...until today
Starting smelling a very worrying burning smell (like plastic on fire)
... last night... I sucked a fly up into it... it's a 2200W hoover... I
usually use RAID spray to zap any flies that piss me off... but it was
entertaining to suck it up...
I don't think the fly was to blame.
Erm... should I take it back to the shop?
Possibly. I gave up using my last vacuum cleaner because the switch-on
sparks started getting continuous and the whole casing was lighting up
like something out of Frankenstein's laboratory.

I'd suggest taking it outside where there's nothing flammable round and
running it for a while and seeing what happens.

If it turns into a melty lump, take it back. It'll be fun to see them
try to claim catching fire isn't covered by the guarantee.

Owain
 
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Staffbull

The3rd said:
Do take it back.

Oh,and what does a 2200W Hoover fly look like?
"Oh,and what does a 2200W Hoover fly look like?"

ROFL !!!
 
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Douglas de Lacey

The said:
Overheating motor. Bag full/filters clogged. Remove all and run..if it
revs a LOT higher than when put back together you have a problem.
Might be as simple as a stuck brush bar if it's an upright. in which
case it's melting belt. Can we have some more details, OP?

Douglas de Lacey
 
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Newshound

A bit off at a tangent, but a few years ago one of the vac's went bang and
tripped the RCD when I was at work and the wife was using it. Because she
really doesn't like electrical bangs she unplugged it and put it out on the
patio whereas I would have put it in the workshop. Just as well really
because a couple of hours later she looked out of the window to see it
blazing merrily, and she called out the local firemen. The added amusement
was it had started snowing by then and having kicked it well out of the way
of the house they had to fill in their form, and where they had to fill in
"Method used to extinguish fire" they wrote "snowballs".

The serious point is that most electrical stuff is self extinguishing for
your standard "frayed cord inside" type of fault, but vacuum cleaners with
their bag of fine combustible dust need to be treated with a bit more care.
If I had put it in the workshop I don't suppose we would have known about it
until it had reached the thinners, paint, propane cylinders.......
 
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ChrisHollandisback

mike said:
(e-mail address removed) wrote in

I had a Miele; it went on for years.

Then it blew up.

Yes, blew up.

I thought you'd like to know

mike

Thanks
Mike
 
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ChrisHollandisback

That depends on how long you've had it, if it's less than a year, yes, if
it's more than a year, don't bother as they'll charge you for any work which
needs doing which you could do yourself in ten minutes.
I've had it for a few weeks! It cost £150 or something.
 
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My mum had her Basil Hoover for 23 year and she was just using it today and 2 minutes after using it, it made two loud bang noises and then it started to make a bonfire smell. Does anyone know what this could mean ??, I'd appreciate your help.
 
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